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1967-1968Edit

Bumper: On various backgrounds (which vary depending on the trailer), we see the words "Suggested for Mature Audiences".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare. It was seen on trailers of movies from 1967-1968, such as Rosemary's Baby.

Scare Factor: None.

1976-1980Edit

Bumper: On a blue background, we see the words "THIS SPECIAL PREVIEW HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR ALL AUDIENCES BY THE MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA".

Trivia: Sometimes, at the end of trailers from 1976-1980, there is the rating screen from 1974-1982.

Variants:

  • There is a red background in which the text says "THIS PREVIEW HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR RESTRICTED AUDIENCES ONLY BY THE MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA". Sometimes, the blue background may be used.
  • The blue background color may be loosing color or in a shade of a different one.
  • The font may be a little spaced out or narrow depending on the trailer.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare. It was seen on trailers of movies from 1976-1980.

Scare Factor: None.

1980-2009Edit

Bumper: On a green background, we see the following:

THE FOLLOWING PREVIEW HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR ALL AUDIENCES BY THE MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

In a white square, either one of their ratings will be seen, along with the MPAA logo:

  • General Audiences: G
  • Parental Guidance: PG
  • Parents Strongly Cautioned: PG-13
  • Restricted: R
  • No One 17 and Under Admitted: NC-17

Variants:

  • There is a red background for some films, in which we see the altered text (mainly on NC-17 films, but it could also be on R-rated films):

THE FOLLOWING PREVIEW HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR

RESTRICTED AUDIENCES ONLY

BY THE MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

  • There is a yellow background for very few Internet trailers, such as Burn After Reading, in which we see the black, altered text:

THE FOLLOWING PREVIEW HAS BEEN APPROVED

ONLY FOR AGE-APPROPRIATE

INTERNET USERS

BY THE MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC.

  • Some trailers do not feature an MPAA rating symbol at all.
  • The rating box/initials/symbols and text sometimes have a drop shadow.
  • Sometime in the 2000's the text "For information on film ratings, go to www.filmratings.com" appeared below. In later years, the www.filmratings.com and www.mpaa.org links appeared and the text read "THE MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC."
  • On a trailer for Commando, the background is blue.

FX/SFX: None, unless you count the film scratches.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Can be seen on trailers for films (many of which are available on their Blu-rays, DVDs and VHS tapes). Starting in 2002, DVDs started using trailers for upcoming films at the beginning, and the ones coded Region 1 have this band. Don't expect this internationally, as international releases of MPAA-rated films go straight to the trailer, although oddly enough, on the internet, they are just as common as the ones that DO have this card!

Scare Factor: None. This rating card is most popular in the US (and possibly the most famous in the world).

2009-2013Edit

Bumper: Same as before, except the words "APPROPRIATE AUDIENCES" replace "ALL AUDIENCES", and the rating box/initials/symbols and text have a drop shadow. In a white square, either one of their ratings will be seen, along with the MPAA logo:

  • General Audiences: G
  • Parental Guidance: PG
  • Parents Strongly Cautioned: PG-13
  • Restricted: R
  • No One 17 and Under Admitted: NC-17

Variants:

  • Some trailers do not feature an MPAA rating symbol at all.
  • There is a red background for some films, in which we see the altered text (mainly on NC-17 films, but it could also be on R-rated films):

THE FOLLOWING PREVIEW HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR RESTRICTED AUDIENCES ONLY BY THE MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC. ("RESTRICTED" may be sometimes replaced with "MATURE".)

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Seen at the beginning of Region 1 DVDs during this era and in theatres. See the first band for information regarding international releases.

Scare Factor: None.

2013-presentEdit

Bumper: On a green background, we see the words "THE FOLLOWING PREVIEW HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR APPROPRIATE AUDIENCES" ("TO ACCOMPANY THIS FEATURE" is optional) in a more current font than the previous trailer cards.

  • General Audiences: G
  • Parental Guidance: PG
  • Parents Strongly Cautioned: PG-13
  • Restricted: R
  • No Children Under 17 Admitted: NC-17

Trivia: This and the new rating symbols debuted on April 15, 2013.

FX/SFX: None, except for the 3D variant's text bulging out.

Variants:

  • Some trailers do not feature an MPAA rating symbol at all.
  • The rating box/initial/symbols and text sometimes have a drop shadow.
  • On trailers shown before theatrical movies in a three-dimensional format (such as films in Real-D 3D), the text "APPROPRIATE AUDIENCES" or "ACCOMPANY THIS FEATURE" slowly and subtly bulges out at the viewer.
  • There is a red background for some films, in which we see the altered text (mainly on NC-17 films, but it could also be on R-rated films):

THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTED PREVIEW HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR
APPROPRIATE AUDIENCES
BY THE MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Brand new. Can be seen on trailers for current theatrical releases on Blu-ray, DVD, on YouTube, and in theatres. See the first and second bands for information regarding international releases.

Scare Factor: None, though the 3D variant may unnerve or at least surprise first-time viewers.

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