Not recommended under 6; parental guidance recommended 6-8 (Themes; Violence; Scary scenes). Ideal for 9-13 year-olds
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|Children under 6||Not recommended due to themes and violent and scary scenes|
|Children aged 6-9||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and violent and scary scenes|
|Children aged 9 and over||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:||Blinky Bill the movie|
|Consumer advice lines:||Some scenes may scare very young children|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Bill Koala (voice of Richard Roxburgh) is the greatest explorer in the Australian outback but when he goes missing his son Blinky Bill (voice of Ryan Kwanten) decides to brave the dangerous unknown and to search for his father. On the journey Blinky meets a zoo koala named Nutsy (voice of Robin McLeavy) and a frill neck lizard named Jacko (voice of David Wenham). Together, the three of them must face the scary ‘Croc Canyon’ if they want to find Blinky’s father and return home.
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.
Death of a parent; separation from a parent; children as victims
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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be scared or disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes
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 group may be scared or 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
The Blinky Bill franchise and associated merchandise
Jacko flirts with one of the emus
None of concern
Nothing of concern
There is some mild coarse language that children may imitate in this movie, including:
Blinky Bill the movie is an enjoyable adventure film filled with Australian slang and Australian animals. Parents should be aware that it was originally classified PG and reclassified G by the Classification Review Board after an appeal by the distributor.
It is not recommended for children under the age of 6 and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 6-9, because of the themes and a number of scary and violent scenes.
The main message from this movie is that “an adventurer never gives up, always helps those in need and always keeps his promises.”
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 pros and cons of keeping animals in zoos and wildlife centres.
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