Australian Council on Children and the Media

Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, The

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Not recommended under 5, PG to 13 (Viol. Scary Scenes)

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  • a review of Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, The completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 9 September 2002.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 5 Not recommend for children under five
Children aged 5-12 Might be able to view this with parental guidance
Children over the age of 12 Could see this with or without parental guidance, depending on parentsu2019 assessment.

About the movie

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: Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, The
Classification: PG
Consumer advice lines: Low level violence
Length 89 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

A dangerous crocodile is causing havoc on a local farmer’s property, attacking her calves and threatening her livelihood. Brozzie is a tough, unfriendly farmer who is determined to rid the river of the crocodile and sets out to shoot it. The local ranger tries in vain to deter Brozzie and so decides to call in the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and his wife Terri to relocate the croc.

Meanwhile a US spy plane explodes somewhere over Queensland dropping a satellite beacon containing highly sensitive data. US agents are dispatched to Australia to retrieve the beacon which they trace to Brozzie’s property.

Relocating the aggressive croc is a very dangerous mission for the Irwins and proves to be no easy task. They eventually manage to get the croc onto the boat and set off to relocate the animal.

The US agents discover that the Irwins are in the locality of where the device is and decide that they must be spies. The chase is on as the US agents as well as their rival Australian counterparts, track down the Irwins. The ensuing result is quite funny with the Irwins totally unaware of all that is going on. They believe their pursuers to be poachers after the croc. The beacon is finally discovered when it is ‘passed’ by the croc who had of course, swallowed it. Steve has no idea what it is and uses it as a ball. All ends well however, as the croc gets moved to a new river system and the Americans get their beacon back

Use of violenceinfo

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 film including:

  • Brozzie shooting at the crocodile
  • a female Australian agent drops explosives from an ultra light plane onto a boat containing US agents, destroying the boat although the men escape.
  • an agent also drops explosives onto the Irwins’ boat but misses. Steve lassoes the plane and drags it into the water.
  • an agent also blows up Brozzie’s shed and a man is left injured on the road.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

There is quite a bit of scary material in this movie including:

  • Steve wrestling with crocodiles
  • Steve picking up most venomous snake in the world and being nearly bitten by it
  • dogs chase the ranger and growl aggressively
  • a dead kangaroo is shown lying on the road
  • Steve provokes a bird-eating spider to make it get into ambush position
  • Brozzie falls from her tree perch into the river and is chased by the crocodile
  • crocodile aggressively snaps at Brozzie
  • Steve trying to capture the large crocodile—it snaps at the boat very aggressively; Steve lassoes it and it pulls Steve into the water. Stays under water for quite some time. Steve eventually gets back into the boat and the crocodile pulls him into the water again. He wrestles with the croc; this scene is very dramatic.
  • the dogs guarding the US agents are very aggressive
  • the bird-eating spider gets out of its container and climbs onto Terri’s leg and up her body onto her face.

Aged five to eightinfo

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 may also be disturbed by the above mentioned scenes.

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

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.

The scenes with the crocodiles and the snakes display very real danger and Steve Irwin puts himself into very dangerous situations. This could scare older children.

Over thirteeninfo

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.

None of concern.

Sexual references

There is very little sexual reference.

Nudity and sexual activity

No nudity or sexual activity.

Use of substances

No substance use.

Coarse language

Very few instances of course language.

In a nutshell

This is a conservation movie and the main message that Steve gets across with much enthusiasm is that animals belong in their environment and should be left alone in order to maintain the fine web of life.

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