Not recommended under 5, PG to 7 (Violence)
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|Children under 5||Not recommended due to violence and some scary scenes|
|Children 5-7||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and some scary scenes|
|Children 8 and over||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:||Madagascar 3: Europe's most wanted|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence and crude humour|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This animated film features many of the characters from previous Madagascar adventures. The opening sequence depicts former Central Park zoo animals Alex the lion (voice of Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the hippopotamus (Jada Pinkett Smith), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer), and a group of lemurs headed by King Julien XIII (Sacha Baron Cohen) still stranded in the plains of Africa. Too late, they discover that the penguins, led by Skipper (Tom McGrath) have built an aircraft in which to leave Africa. Following the penguins’ departure, the four friends despair that they will never leave Africa, and so decide to try snorkelling their way to Europe.
Initially, all goes well and the group finally locate the penguins in Monaco. In the weeks before the reunion, the penguins have made the most of the gambling opportunities in Monte Carlo, and won a small fortune, which they intend to use as a means to return to New York. Unfortunately, their plans are thwarted by French animal control officer, Captain Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand), who recognises the missing zoo animals and seeks to capture and return them to New York.
In a bid to escape DuBois and her officers, the animals join a travelling European circus troupe. At first, the zoo animals lie about their backgrounds in order to be accepted by the established circus performers. As the weeks pass, however, the new recruits build friendships with troupe members such as Gia the jaguar (Jessica Chastain), Vitaly the Russian tiger (Brian Cranston), Stefano, the Italian sea lion (Martin Short) and Sonya the bear (Frank Welker). Eventually, these new relationships are tested when the zoo animals’ initial deceptions are uncovered and their ongoing freedom is threatened.
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.
Deception; betrayal; separation from loved ones; loss of personal freedom
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 incidents of violence perpetrated by people towards animals in this movie, such as:
There are some depictions of violence perpetrated by animals in response to human aggression, such as when:
There are also several violent episodes occurring between animals, such as when:
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:
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.
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.
Nothing of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie including:
There is some sexual activity in this movie, including:
There are some substitute swear words and a number of put downs, including:
Madagascar 3: Europe’s most wanted is an entertaining animated family comedy, although it contains frequent violence, some scenes that may scare younger children, and some coarse language that children may imitate. The main message of the movie is the importance of trust and loyalty.
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:
The film could also be used as a springboard for discussions with children about geography (given that the animals travel across three continents during their escapades).
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