Around the World in 80 Days (2021)

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Not suitable under 7; parental guidance to 9 (crude humour, name calling, animated violence, themes)

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  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Around the World in 80 Days (2021)
  • a review of Around the World in 80 Days (2021) completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 24 January 2022.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 7 Not suitable due to crude humour, name calling, violence and themes.
Children aged 7–9 Parental guidance recommended due to crude humour, name calling, violence and themes.
Children over the age of 9 Ok for this age group, though may lack interest for older children.

About the movie

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: Around the World in 80 Days (2021)
Classification: PG
Consumer advice lines: Mild crude humour
Length: 82 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Passepartout (voice of Corey Doran), a book-loving marmoset, dreams of setting off to explore the world, far from his well-intentioned but overprotective mother (voice of Shoshana Sperling). When a sticky-fingered, adventure-loving frog, named Phileas (voice of Rob Tinker), surfs into his life, Passepartout can’t believe his luck. When Phileas bets a group of gambling shrimp that he can beat the current record and travel around the world in only 80 days, Passepartout is determined to join him on this epic journey. Phileas, however, has other plans and tries every trick in the book to leave the marmoset behind but Passepartout will not be dissuaded and, despite his mother’s dismay, sets off on the adventure of a lifetime. The unlikely pair has company in the form of a corrupt Officer of the law who is determined to capture Phileas, framing him for a crime he didn’t commit, and at the same time return Passepartout to his devastated and very angry mother. In addition to trying to beat a record that is far more difficult than they first believed it to be, Phileas and Passepartout must evade their pursuer while braving some of the most forbidding and dangerous terrain imaginable. When it seems that all is lost, a chance encounter with a Frog Princess opens their eyes and helps them see things from a new perspective, one that may help their dreams come true after all.

Themesinfo

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.

Separation from parents; Family dysfunction and breakdown; The thrill of chasing down someone or something; Bullying, gambling and unethical behaviours.

Use of violenceinfo

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:

  • A bank wall is exploded and someone steals all the money.
  • Passepartout hits Phileas with a fish.
  • Passepartout and Phileas are attacked by menacing scorpions.
  • The same scorpions then attack the Officer. She fights back, punching and kicking them until they are restrained and trapped in a sand pile.
  • Phileas shoves a character down.
  • Phileas and Passepartout are chased through a town where they fall, fling and fight their way through a tangle of rooftops and ultimately onto a train.
  • The Officer chains Phileas to her wrist and they fight and struggle on the roof of the train.
  • Passepartout throws an axe at Phileas and the Officer and manages to cut the shackle and free his friend.
  • Passepartout and Phileas shove and bite each other as they fall through the jungle.
  • Passepartout and Phileas come across a hostile tribe of head-hunters who are planning to sacrifice a Princess to appease the gods, by throwing her into a volcano.
  • Tribal warriors shoot arrows at Phileas and Passepartout.
  • The Officer crashes into the oncoming tribe, smashing their ranks apart. She later falls off a cliff.
  • Passepartout, Phileas and the Princess manage to catapult themselves over a lake of flaming lava.
  • The Officer takes a large bird and uses it to capture Phileas and fly off with him. She later crashes the bird into the ocean.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

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:

  • The scorpion characters appear evil and menacing and their threats about killing Passepartout and Phileas may upset some young viewers.
  • In a creepy, dark jungle, Phileas and Passepartout appear to be very scared. Nothing terrible happens but the shadowy scene and eeriness may disturb some young children.

Aged five to eightinfo

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 in this age group are likely to be scared or disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes and images.

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

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.

  • Nothing further of concern.

Product placement

  • None noted.

Sexual references

  • None noted.

Nudity and sexual activity

There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:

  • In a fantasy scene there are some female frogs wearing bikinis and riding in the back of a convertible.

Use of substances

  • None noted.

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this movie, including:

  • There is some name calling, including: “liar”, “mamma’s boy”, “weird monkey”, “loser”, “frog face” and “jerk”. Phileas calls Passepartout, “Pass-a-fart-oo”.
  • The phrases: “Frog off!” and “Kiss my axe!” were used in place of the more profane versions, though the meanings were the same.
  • There were numerous crude comments, mostly referring to butts, such as a butt fur moustache, things that smell like a monkey’s butt, and when Passepartout gets sand in his bottom after escaping from a pit of quicksand.

In a nutshell

Around the World in 80 Days (2021) is an animated adventure, loosely based on Jules Verne’s classic tale of the same name. The film is a European production dubbed in English and, due to the animation, will largely appeal to younger audiences. However, some of the content, including crude humour, name calling, violence and unethical behaviours means that the film is largely inappropriate for its intended age group.

The main messages from this movie are to follow your dreams and to never give up, no matter how impossible or difficult the road may be.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Persistence
  • Determination
  • Courage
  • Forgiveness
  • Helpfulness.

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:

  • Heading off, or sneaking out, without telling a parent where you are going.
  • Stealing from others.
  • The consequences of gambling.
  • The long lasting damage caused by relationship breakdown between parents and children.
  • Deceiving others.
  • Bullying someone because they are different and hoping for them to fail.