Not recommended under 5, PG to 10 (Disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 5||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged 5-10||Parental guidance recommended due to disturbing scenes|
|Children over the age of 10||OK for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Babe|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Babe (voice of Christine Cavanaugh), the runt of a litter, is taken from his mother and won by Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) at a local fair. Hogget takes Babe home to the barn, where he is adopted by Fly (voice of Miriam Margoyles) a caring sheepdog who raises Babe as her own. Babe befriends many of the animals in the barn including Ferdinand the duck (voice of Danny Mann) who is forever trying to save himself from the dinner table and consequently gets Babe into trouble on many occasions.
Babe is very keen to learn how to herd sheep and often goes out with Fly and Rex (voice of Hugo Weaving) to learn how to control the sheep.. He discovers that talking to the sheep has better results than biting at their heels. Babe makes such an impression on Farmer Hoggett that he decides to enter him into the local sheepdog trials, much to the dismay of his wife and all of the judges. Babe however, aided by Rex and Fly, is smarter than the average pig and manages to turn the scorn and laughter of the audience and judges into amazement.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
the breeding of farm animals to be killed for food; the reality of farm life; predatory animal behaviour
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
In addition to the above mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb younger children in this age group, including the following:
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film
None of concern
None of concern
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There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Babe is a delightful family film which combines the use of real animals with computer generated animation with excellent results.
The main messages from this movie are that you can achieve your desires if you really persevere and overcome prejudices, and that looks can be deceptive.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children the fact that animals are bred for people to eat and for that reason some people prefer to be vegetarian.
Content is age appropriate for children this age
Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended
Content is not age appropriate for children this age