Australian Council on Children and the Media

Dorothy the Dinosaur meets Santa Claus

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Dorothy the Dinosaur meets Santa Claus
  • a review of Dorothy the Dinosaur meets Santa Claus completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 23 October 2010.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 10 recommended for this age group
Children over 10 Likely to lack interest for this age group

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: Dorothy the Dinosaur meets Santa Claus
Classification: G
Consumer advice lines: None
Length 58 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

This is an animated adventure in which Dorothy and Captain Feather Sword go to the North Pole to visit Santa.

Washington, Santa’s chief elf, is worried they won’t be able to get their work finished in time for Christmas but also thinks that Santa is working too hard and deserves a rest. To save Santa some work Washington proposes they use a computer to make the present distribution process easier but the system goes wrong, resulting in early and wrong deliveries.

Although they have lost time, Santa gets the whole team together, with Captain Feather Sword and Dorothy helping, to get the presents sorted out and delivered on time.

Non-animated characters include the Wiggles, John Paul Young, Poppa Bill and Kasey Chambers

Themesinfo

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.

Christmas

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.

None of concern

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.

None of concern

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.

None of concern

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.

None of concern

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

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in this movie:

  • The Wiggles themselves and associated merchandise

Sexual references

None of concern

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern

Use of substances

None of concern

Coarse language

None of concern

In a nutshell

Dorothy the Dinosaur meets Santa Claus is an animated Christmas movie with some non-animated characters which is likely to be enjoyed by a very young audience and to lack interest for over tens.

The main message from this movie is that teamwork and perseverance pay off.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Selflessness
  • It is good to help, and do nice things for, others
  • Perseverance

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