In this interview about tattoos, I mentioned the ‘restricted cat’. I assumed that everybody knew about the restricted cat. Increasingly I suspected that it was a British Columbian phenomenon only. I went looking, and discovered this page on the BC Film Classification site. As it turns out, it was actually a cougar.
Developed in the 1970’s under the direction of BC Chief Censor R.W. (Ray) MacDonald, the restricted cougar was designed out of increased public demand for movie rating information. MacDonald seized upon the idea of using a symbol that audiences could easily associate with the “Restricted” category. MacDonald chose the cougar not only for its dramatic presence but also its significance as the largest wild cat native to BC.
There were even these cute little movies. Apparently the cougar fell out of fashion and was replaced by generic icons in 1997.