- Movie Reviews
- App Reviews
- Taking Action
- Contact Us
Parental guidance recommended under 5 (Scary scenes)
This topic contains:
|Children under 5||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes|
|Children aged over 5||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:||Arthur Christmas|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Arthur Christmas is the 3D animated story of Santa Claus (voiced by Jim Broadbent) and Mrs Santa Claus (voiced by Imelda Staunton), their two sons Steve (voiced by Hugh Laurie) and Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy) and Mr Claus’s father, Grandsanta (voiced by Bill Nighy). The family are nestled far away in the North Pole where Santa’s high tech headquarters are situated. Christmas Eve is a finely tuned operation run predominantly by Steve, who is military trained. Many highly organised and efficient elves ensure that Santa successfully delivers Christmas gifts to every child across the world.
As Santa faces his 70th mission, Steve and the Christmas elves anticipate that Santa will announce his retirement and the appointment of Steve as the next Santa Claus. When Santa fails to do this, family tensions arise, particularly with Steve who feels resentful that his ongoing success as head of operations does not lead him to the big job. Steve’s younger brother Arthur, however, is unconcerned and is happy with his role as chief of correspondence - reading and responding to all the letters written by children.
When the alarm is raised that a child has been missed on Santa’s last mission Steve steps up to calm the panic and assure everyone that missing one child out of millions is not a failure but rather an unavoidable accident. He sends them all back to bed without another moment of concern. Arthur however is horrified that a little girl will wake to no present under the tree and sets out to try to deliver the missing gift before the sun rises on Christmas morning.
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.
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:
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.
No additional scenes of concern
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 of concern
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
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
None of concern
None of concern
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
Mild coarse language include:
Arthur Christmas is a. real family movie, a modern day Christmas tale of the Claus family, a fallible bunch with kind hearts and an extraordinary job to do. 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:
Tip: Leave out the first A, An or The
Selecting an age will provide a list of movies with content suitable for this age group. Children may also enjoy movies selected via a lower age.
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