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Not suitable under 6; parental guidance to 10 (scary scenes, adult themes)
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|Children under 6||Not suitable due to some mild scary scenes and lack of interest due to length.|
|Children aged 6–10||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes and adult themes (World War II, Nazi invasion).|
|Children over the age of 10||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.
|Name of movie:||Bedknobs and Broomsticks|
|Consumer advice lines:||The content is very mild in impact|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Bedknobs and Broomstick is a classic Disney film, released in 1971. It is based on two novels by Mary Norton The Magic Bedknob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons (1943) and Bonfires and Broomsticks (1947). The story is set in England during the Second World War and the main character is Ms Eglantine Price (Angela Lansbury), an apprentice witch who is busy finishing her correspondence course in witchcraft. Much to her annoyance, Eglantine reluctantly agrees to temporarily take in three children, Charlie (Ian Weighill), Carrie (Cindy O'Callaghan), and Paul (Roy Snart), who have been evacuated from London. The children are equally unimpressed with the arrangement and decide that they’d better run away back to London. However, before they make their escape they see Eglantine riding (clumsily) on a broom stick and decide that maybe it would be more interesting to stick around! Eglantine bribes the children to keep her secret by offering up a magic transportation spell. She places an enchantment onto the brass knob of an old Victorian bed and all the children must do is hop on and they can fly anywhere, riding on the big bed. Eglantine is eagerly awaiting the final spell- "Substitutiary Locomotion" from her course to arrive, in the hopes she will be able to use it to help in the British war effort. Instead she receives a letter notifying her that the college of witchcraft has closed and there will be no more spells. Together with the children, she flies on the bed to London to discover what has happened and to track down the final spell that she needs. Much to her horror and disgust, the professor of her course, Emelius Browne (David Tomlinson), turns out to be merely a showman and a conman who has been sending her spells from an old book that he found on Portobello Road Market. The very spell she is looking for is missing. Together with Mr. Brown and the three children, the group embark on a wild adventure, flying on the bed to faraway islands and underwater worlds trying to piece together everything required for the final spell. Finally, they arrive back in the English countryside which is on the brink of a Nazi invasion. Quickly they must figure out the spell in time to protect themselves.
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.
Witchcraft, Spells and Magic; Music and Dancing; War; Nazi invasion; War evacuees.
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.
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 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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
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.
There are some mild romantic references in this movie, including:
There is some very mild nudity and sexual innuendo in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some mild coarse language in this movie, as well as some phrases that are racist and sexist including:
Bedknobs and Broomsticks is a classic Disney film that is very similar in style to Mary Poppins. An entertaining mix of music, dance sequences and animation that is mild enough for most children to enjoy, however it is very long and will not hold the attention of younger viewers easily. In addition, the themes of War and invading Nazi soldiers may need a bit of historical context added for children to understand.
The main messages from this movie are that it is worth pursuing your dreams no matter where it takes you and that if you cooperate, you can defeat a common enemy.
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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