Not recommended under 6, PG to 8 (Scary scenes)
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|Children under 6||Not recommended due to scary scenes|
|Children aged 6-8||Parental guidance recommended due to 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:||Happy Feet Two|
|Consumer advice lines:||Very mild sense of threat|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Erik (voiced by Ava Acres), the young son of Mumble (voiced by Elijah Wood) is scared to dance with the other penguins because he thinks that he will embarrass himself. When Mumble manages to persuade him to give it a try, that is just what happens and, feeling that he doesn’t fit in, Erik runs away..
Erik meets the Mighty Sven (voice of Hank Azaria), a penguin who can fly! Erik is in awe of Sven and believes that he will be able to do anything if he really tries. Meanwhile Mumble has gone to look for Erik and while he is away from the rest of the colony and his wife Gloria (voice of Pink), a massive ice shelf slips into the ocean separating them and cutting off the Emperor Penguin colony from their food supply.
Mumble finds Erik and on the journey back they meet Bryan the Beachmaster (voice of Richard Carter) a rather aggressive elephant seal, who falls down a deep crevasse, leaving two very sad baby seals calling helplessly to their Dad. Mumble manages to free Bryan who later returns the favour by helping to bridge the gap back to the remaining penguins.
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 damage due to climate change.
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 and accidental harm 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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
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.
Most children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
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.
OK for this age group
None of concern in the film, but plenty of associated merchandise
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
None of concern
None of concern
Name calling such as “loser” and “idiots”.
Happy Feet Two is a beautifully made animated film which is really enhanced by 3D effects. The story is a bit hard to follow at times, particularly for young viewers who may also be worried by scenes of scary animals and animals in danger. The music and dancing will appeal to older children.
The main messages from this movie are the impact of global warming on the environment and also about discovering one’s own talents and uniqueness.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss:
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