Parental guidance is recommended under 7 due to some scary scenes and characters
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|Children under 7||Parental guidance recommended due to some scary scenes and characters|
|Children 7 and over||OK for this age group, but may lack interest for older children and those not interested in Barbie or ballet.|
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:||Barbie in 'The Pink Shoes'|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
|Length||82 minutes minutes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This is the latest animation featuring the doll character Barbie – this time in the role of Kristyn Farraday, an aspiring ballerina.
Kristyn (voice of Kelly Sheridan) is a hard-working young ballet dancer but the lead roles always go to Tara (Ali Liebert). While Kristyn is rehearsing for the showcase performance, Madame Natasha (Tabitha St. Germaine) berates her for not following instructions perfectly, which upsets Kristyn and makes her feel like a failure. Feeling sad and needing new ballet shoes, Kristyn visits the wardrobe mistress, Madame Katarina (Lori Triolo) who gives her a pair of bright pink ballet shoes. When Kristyn puts on the new shoes they transport her and her friend Hailey (Katie Crown) the seamstress, to a fantasy land of classical ballet sets.
Kristyn finds herself dancing the parts of both Giselle and Odette from Swan Lake and is pursued by Albrecht and Prince Siegfried who both want to marry her. She is also pursued by the wicked Snow Queen (Tabitha St. Germaine) and the evil Rothbart (Bill Mondy).
When Kristyn and Hailey finally return to reality, Kristyn has learnt the importance of following your own heart, particularly when it comes to dancing.
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.
Fantasy; good versus evil; ballet
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 mild violence and accidental harm 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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film
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.
Nothing of concern
The following products are displayed in or associated with this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
None of concern
None of concern
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Barbie in ‘The Pink Shoes’ is an animated fantasy involving the Barbie character playing the role of Kristyn, a young ballerina. It touches on some classical ballets including Giselle, Swan Lake and the Snow Queen. There are some scary scenes and characters which might worry under sevens, but these are handled fairly lightly, making it suitable for most children with some guidance. It is likely to particularly appeal to girls who are interested in ballet or in Barbie as a character.
The main messages from this movie are that you should follow your heart and that good wins over evil.
Values that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children the pressures of being and looking perfect, particularly for young girls.
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