Not recommended under 8; parental guidance recommended 8-10 (Violence, Scary scenes and disturbing themes)
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|Children under 8||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children 8-10||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing themes and scenes|
|Children aged 10 and over||OK for this 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:||Big Hero 6|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This animated film is set in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo. The film’s lead character Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter) is a teenage technology genius who has a passion for illegal back alley “Bot” fights in which small robots fight each other until one is destroyed.
In an attempt to turn Hiro’s intellect to more constructive ventures, his older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney), takes him to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology where Tadashi is a student. At the institute Tadashi introduces Hiro to several of his nerd friends including Go Go (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.) Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (T.J. Miller) all of whom have created unique and ingenious inventions. Tadashi also introduces Hiro to his own unique invention, an inflatable robotic medic named Baymax (Scott Adsit). Hiro is so impressed with what he sees at the institute that he decides he must become a student himself, but the only way Hiro can be accepted into the institute is by impressing the head professor Robert Callaghan (James Cromwell) via the annual robotics exhibition.
Hiro designs and builds thousands of “micro-bots” controlled via a neural transmitter worn as a headband, and able to be transformed into anything that the wearer can imagine. At the exhibition the micro-bots impress Callaghan so much that Hiro is accepted as a student but his happiness is short lived. A fire breaks out, the exhibition hall erupts in flames, and a massive explosion kills Tadashi and Callaghan.
While recovering from the trauma of Tadashi’s death, Hiro discovers Baymax stored away in his bedroom and, when the robot is accidentally activated, Hiro learns that Tadashi’s death may not have been accidental after all. With the help of Baymax, Go Go, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred, Hiro sets out to uncover the truth behind his brother’s death and the quest leads them into a world of danger and unexpected outcomes.
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.
Inventions; robots; death of family members; illegal fights and gambling; self-sacrifice and revenge
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.
The film contains intense animated action violence; self-sacrifice resulting in the deaths of main characters, and destruction of robots. Examples include:
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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
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
Nothing of concern in the movie, but associated merchandise is likely
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
Nothing of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains some language that might be imitated by children. Examples include:
Big Hero 6 is an animated action adventure targeted at older primary school children and teens. Positive messages relate to siblings supporting and encouraging each other as well as the importance of education and the drive to learn, create and invent. However, the film does contain some intense animated action violence, scary images and themes that are likely to disturb children under eight. It is therefore not recommended for this age group and parental guidance is recommended for the 8-10 age group.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may wish to discuss Hiro’s seeking of revenge for the death of his brother at one stage and the consequences of this type of action.
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