Genre: family

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Genre ”family” sounds pretty obvious at first, but I’m slightly confused with the warning. So, does the genre for ”family” apply to all films and series that are aimed for children (including animations, that have their own genre)? What ”genuine family title” actually means for IMDb?

”This item has warnings, you must acknowledge each one before this item will be accepted:

The Family genre is for titles specifically aimed for the education and/or entertainment of children or the entire family.

Please only use this genre for such titles and do not use it for titles which are just suitable for family viewing. If this is a genuine family title, please ignore this warning.”
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Peter, Champion

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Not all animated movies are aimed at children, so those that are should be tagged as Family.

The warning tries to make a distinction between being aimed at children and families and merely being suitable for family viewing. For instance, some films may be rated as suitable for all, but hold no particular appeal for children.

But comparing the warning to the genre definition from the submission guide, the two are slightly at odds:

"Should be universally accepted viewing. e.g., aimed specifically for the education and/or entertainment of children or the entire family."
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Well, sure, obviously I didn’t mean that all animation titles are aimed to children. I guess the point was that with titles like Cars and Toy Story, I should add both ”animation” and ”family”? Family is the same as ”aimed for children”?

And is there some specific reason why there isn’t genre for ”children”? To me at least, ”children” is much more informative than ”family”, especially when the warning kinda confuses me with the words like ”education” and ”entrrtainment”.
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Hi Peter and Eboy -

Thanks for your comments regarding the listing of the "Family" Genre and the inconsistency regarding the Submission Warning and the Guide, I have filed a ticket for our editorial team to take a look, once I have confirmation of the status I will let you know here.