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Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 (Viol. Theme.)
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|Children under 5||Not recommended due to violence.|
|Children aged 5-8||Not recommended due to its themes of animals in peril, and the loss of a father.|
|Children aged 8-13||Parental guidance recommended. Most children in this age group will enjoy this movie.|
|Children over the age of 13||Though this movie is really aimed at younger children, older children will probably also enjoy it.|
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:||Barnyard: The Original Party Animal|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild animated violence, Mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Barnyard: The Original Party Animal is set in a barnyard where the animals pretend to be dumb animals when humans are around but once the humans are gone they stand up, chat, throw parties and generally have fun. The group is led by a bull called Ben (voiced by Sam Elliott). Ben is a very responsible leader. He has meetings, he organises the animals, makes sure everyone is properly protected and also makes sure that no humans know they can do what they do.
Ben has a son called Otis (Kevin James) who is the exact opposite. Otis spends his time, partying, playing and teasing humans. He insists that he isn’t like his dad, he doesn’t want any responsibility, he simply wants to party. Ben tries to lecture him but in the end gives up and shoulders the responsibility by himself.
One of the barnyard rules is ‘stay within the fence perimeter’. It is coyote season and many of the animals need protecting. One night, Ben is on guard and Otis is supposed to come and help him on his shift. Otis is singing at the latest Barnyard party and persuades his dad that he isn’t needed. While the party is happening, the coyotes sneak in and try to take some of the hens. Ben gets there quickly to protect them; however the coyotes outnumber Ben and although he saves the hens he is fatally injured. Otis now needs to make a decision about whether he can lead the Barnyard or not.
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.
Animals in danger; death of a parent
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.
Children under five are likely to be concerned by the violent scenes above, particularly the attacks on the hens, and the attack on Otis.
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 scenes, children aged five to eight could also be disturbed by the scenes of Ben’s death, his burial, and by Otis’ sadness.
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.
Some children in this age group could still be concerned by Ben’s death.
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.
It is unlikely that this film would scare or disturb children over the age of thirteen.
None of concern.
None of concern.
None of concern.
The animals drink at the party but it appears to be milk rather than anything stronger.
None of concern.
The movie’s main message is that it is good to have fun, but you also have to know when it is time to take responsibility. If you don’t take responsibility for your actions then you have to face the consequences.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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