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Not recommended under 5, PG to 10 due to violence, scary and disturbing scenes.
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|Children under 5||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children 5-9||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary and disturbing scenes.|
|Children aged 10 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Astro Boy|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Metro City, a floating city suspended in the sky above the Earth is manned by an army of automated robots that tend to every whim of the City’s human inhabitants. The Earth below is a dumping ground for Metro City’s discarded robots. Toby (voice of Freddie Highmore) is a child prodigy and the son of Metro City’s head scientist Dr. Tenna (Nicolas Cage). When Toby follows his father to an experimental weapons test, the boy is unintentionally killed.
Unable to bear the loss of his son, Dr. Tenna creates an android replacement using his dead son’s DNA, programming the android with his son’s memories and powering it with a positive Blue Core energy. Initially the robot Toby believes he is the real Toby, but then learns the truth and discovers that he has super powers. Dr. Tenna then becomes disillusioned with him and decides to deactivate his creation. At this point the film’s chief villain President Stone (Donald Sutherland) enters the picture, demanding that Tenna hand over the Blue Core energy. Toby manages to escape the clutches of President Stone, but is attacked and by robot drones and falls to Earth.
On Earth, Toby is befriended by Cora (Kristen Bell) who is part of a gang of teenage orphans lead by a Fagan like character called Ham Egg (Nathan Lane). Not wanting to be found out to be a robot, Toby takes on the name Astro and maintains the pretence of being human. The gang spends their time rummaging through rubbish dumps for old robot parts which Ham Egg recycles to create gladiator-like robots to be used in “Games”, and after using his Blue Core energy to reactivate an old giant robot called Zog (Samuel L. Jackson), Astro wins the gang’s admiration and friendship. Ham Egg and the gang take Astro and Zog to the Games, but when Astro learns that the Games are a fight between robots to the death, he refuses to let Zog participate. In response, Ham Egg betrays Astro who is eventually captured by President Stone and taken back to Metro city where he faces a struggle for survival.
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.
Grieving the loss of a son; discrimination and prejudice
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.
As well as cartoon and slapstick type violence, Astro Boy also contains a number of scenes depicting more intense violence and peril resulting in large scale destruction and death. Examples include:
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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by some of the scenes and themes described above
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 some of the scenes and themes described above
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.
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Astro Boy contains some mild coarse language and insults. Examples include:
Astro Boy is an animated action adventure which is tailored to a younger audience (8 -13 years) but contains some dark themes and some images that may scare younger children.
The film’s main messages include:
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:
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