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|Children under 5||Parental guidance recommended due to some scary scenes.|
|Children aged 5–8||Ok for this age group.|
|Children over the age of 8||Ok for this age group but may lack interest.|
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:||Best Birthday Ever|
|Consumer advice lines:||Very mild themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Charlie, (voice of Max Lester) a young rabbit, is very excited about his 5th birthday and can’t wait for a fun day full of surprises. When the day arrives, however, he isn’t expecting the worst surprise of all - his baby sister, Carla, is sick and Mum (Jennifer Saunders) and Dad (Jonathan Bailey) have to take her to the doctor. Charlie has to go next door to his friend Monica’s (Beatrice Davies) house and wait for his birthday to come later. Charlie doesn’t want to be slobbered on by Monica’s dog, Bellow, so he decides to take his toys and some food in a cart to his Grandma’s (Adrian Edmonson). When Monica realises Charlie has gone, she chases after him and joins him on his journey, through the forest to Grandma’s. Things seem to be going well until they enter a part of the forest which is quite scary. It is dark, with eerie sounds, and they are being followed by a fox. Charlie and Monica have a few adventures on their way to Grandma’s which don’t always turn out well.
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.
Adventure; Fantasy; Animals in mild peril.
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 very mild 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.
Best Birthday Ever is an animated movie based on the book series, Karlchen by Rotraut Susanne Berner. It is a very gentle, slow paced movie that is made for young children. At 75 minutes, it is a good length and suitable for all ages. However, due to the mild threat to the young rabbits, parental guidance is recommended for 4 year olds and under.
The main messages from this movie are the importance of friends; and enjoying the beauty of nature.
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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