Not recommended under 5 (Scary scenes, lack of interest)
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|Children under 5||Not recommended due to scary scenes and lack of interest|
|Children over the age of 5||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:||Dr Seuss’ The Lorax|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Dr Suess' The Lorax 3D is the animated movie version of the well loved children’s book written by Dr Seuss in the 1970's. It tells the story of Ted (voiced by ZacEfron) a 12 year old boy living in the tree-less world of Kneedsville. When the girl of his dreams, Audrey (Taylor Swift), wishes for a real tree Ted makes it his mission to find one and win her affections. His journey takes him beyond the walls of Kneedsville and into the dark beyond where the land has been punished by the world’s consumerism and where living creatures no longer exist. Well none except for one, the Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms), who lives amidst the pollution as a punishment for his early mistakes.
Unimpressed by Ted's request to find a real tree the Once-ler attempts to dissuade Ted by telling the story of his youth, his obsession with the Truffala tree and the demise of his friendship with the Lorax, the guardian of the forest.
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.
Environmental disaster; consumerism; some mild cruelty towards children
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, particularly in the 3D version 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.
Most children in this age group are unlikely to be 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.
OK for this age group.
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 plenty of associated merchandise, the presence of which conflicts with the film's message anti-consumerist message.
None of concern
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
None of concern
There is some mild coarse language and putdowns that children may imitate, including:
This movie version of the classic Dr Seuss story tells the tale of the inevitable outcome of consumerism and deforestation unless people who care take a stand and make a difference. It may be rather scary for under 5s, particularly in the 3D version, and may also lack interest for this age group.
The main messages from this movie are about conserving our natural world and the dangers associated with materialism.
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