Not recommended under 6, PG to 10 (Violence, Disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 6||Not recommended due to violent and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged 6-10||Parental guidance recommended due to violent and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged over 10||OK for this 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:||Lion King 3D, The|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The Lion King 3D is the 1994 Disney classic animated musical re-released in a 3D format. It is the coming of age story of the lion Simba (voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Matthew Broderick), son of the powerful King of the Animal Kingdom, Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones). Mufasa is eager to prepare his cub for his future as King by teaching him his responsibilities. Simba is impatient, however, and he and his friend Nala (voiced by Moira Kelly) often push beyond the limits set for them.
Simba’s Uncle Scar (voiced by Jeremy Irons), who is bitter about his nephew being next in line to the throne, concocts a plan with the blood-thirsty hyenas to murder his brother and his nephew so that he may be the next King. Scar sets Mufasa up to be killed by a herd of stampeding wildebeests. Simba survives, but witnesses his father’s death. Traumatised by the events and blaming himself, he disappears from the Kingdom and all those he loves.
In exile, Simba meets two unlikely friends in Pumbaa the warthog (voiced by Ernie Sabella) and Timon the Meerkat (voiced by Nathan Lane). Together they live a life of careless freedom as Simba grows into an adult lion. However this carefree life is complicated when his childhood friend Nala finds his hideout. Nala tells Simba of the terrible deterioration that has occurred throughout the kingdom since Scar became King. She urges Simba to return home to confront the evil Scar and take his rightful place as Lion King.
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.
Death of a parent; separation from family and friends; the circle of life
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 the following examples:
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 scared or disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes, particularly the death of Mufasa.
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
None of concern in the film, but plenty of associated merchandise
None of concern
Some mild flirting between Simba and Nala
None of concern
None of concern
The Lion King 3D is an animated musical that tells the coming of age story of a lion cub’s rise to become Lion King. The music and animation remain the same as the original but some of the scarier scenes are more intense due to the 3D format.
The main messages from this movie are about the importance of family and taking responsibility.
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.
Avoiding your problems - Did running away from his problems help Simba? Why, or why not? What are the benefits of facing your problems head on?
Death - There is a strong theme of death in this movie and this may require discussion. Concepts such as ‘the circle of life’ and ‘dead kings become stars’ may need explanation.
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