Not recommended under 9; parental guidance recommended 9-11, due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes.
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|Children under 9||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 9 to 11||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 11 and over||OK for this age group but parents may wish to discuss the movie's themes|
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:||Kubo and the two strings|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and violence, some scenes may scare young children|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Kubo and the two strings is a beautiful and melancholy animated adventure set in a mythical Japanese landscape. It tells the story of a young boy's quest to protect himself from evil ancestral spirits.
Kubo (voice of Art Parkinson) lives with, and cares for, his ill mother (voice of Charlize Theron). He makes a living by entertaining the local villagers with enchanting and exciting stories.
One evening, Kubo makes the mistake of staying out past sunset and as the darkness descends, a dark and evil force is awakened; it is the spirits of his mother's demonic sisters (voice of Rooney Mara), come to wreak vengeance and to capture Kubo. Forced to run, Kubo is joined by Monkey (voice of Charlize Theron) and Beetle (voice of Matthew McConaughey) and together they must find a magical suit of armour that was worn by Kubo's late father. Finally, Kubo comes face to face with his evil grandfather, the "Moon King", and must battle to remain mortal and human.
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.
Loss of a parent; magic; the power of storytelling; ancestor worship; reincarnation and death
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 are many scenes of violence and peril 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed or scared 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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
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 for this age group, however parents may wish to discuss the themes.
Nothing in the movie but there is associated merchandise.
There are some mild sexual references in this movie, including:
Nothing of concern
One of the villagers smokes a pipe.
There is mild coarse language in this movie, including:
Kubo and the two strings is a moving film that explores very deep themes, such as death and spirituality, with humour and beauty. Although it is quite dark and edgy, there are moments of pure, magical delight. There are many positive role models, particularly the character of Monkey who is a brave, kind and assertive character. The violence and disturbing scenes and themes make the film unsuitable for children under 9, and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 9 to 11.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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