Not recommended under 5, PG to 8 (Violence, scary scenes)
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|Children under 5||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children aged 5-8||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children over the age of 8||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:||Cats and Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The second film in the Cats and Dogs series continues the story of several canine and feline secret agents. This time around, the head spy dog Lou (voice of Neil Patrick Harris) and his offsider, special agent Butch (Nick Nolte) seek the help of ex-police dog Diggs (James Marsden) and pigeon informant Seamus, as they track down the arch villain Kitty Galore (Bette Midler). Meanwhile, cat operatives Catherine (Christina Applegate) and Tab Lazenby (Roger Moore) from the feline spy organisation, MEOWS also continue to search for Kitty Galore, an ex-member who turned rogue following a devastating accident.
As both groups work to locate Kitty Galore, the full extent of her evil plans is revealed. It soon becomes apparent that time is running out. In desperation, the dogs and cats realise that their only hope of thwarting Kitty Galore is by joining forces and working together. This decision results in the development of some very unlikely friendships.
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.
Separation from a loved one; loneliness; isolation; 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.
There is repeated physical violence in this movie, such as when:
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 eight, including:
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 distrubed 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.
In addition to the above mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, 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 movie.
None of concern
There are some mild sexual references in this movie including:
None of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
Some threatening language and several put-downs, including:
Cats and Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is a fast-paced animated children’s action comedy. While perhaps less entertaining than the original Cats and Dogs, this film nevertheless contains enough depth to appeal to a variety of ages. The principle message of the movie concerns the value of loyalty and teamwork. Parents, however, may be disturbed by the representation of some cats as calculating and evil, in addition to the constant violence depicted between animals.
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 attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as
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