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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 12 (violence, scary scenes, themes). In Mandarin language with English subtitles.
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to scary scenes, themes and frequent animated violence without consequence or repercussion.|
|Children aged 8–12||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and frequent animated violence without consequence or repercussion. Story in Mandarin language with English subtitles.|
|Children over the age of 12||Ok for this age group. Non-Mandarin speaking children must be fast-paced, confident readers.|
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:||Boonie Bears: The Wild Life|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Vick, a down on his luck tour operator, is overjoyed when he hears about a fun park called ‘Wild Life’ and the special, super-transforming, challenge that will allow one lucky champion to win a million dollars. A former classmate tells him all about how you get to wear a suit and transform into the animal of your choice – you and your teammates work together to get through the elimination round and make it to the final challenge. Believing that money will finally solve his problems and make him happy, Vick and his friend meet at Wild Life but when Vick’s friend leaves him for a better group he quickly puts together a rag tag team of his own with his bear friend, Bramble (a real bear and true friend), who has followed him to Wild Life, along with a mysterious stranger named Leon (voice of Chris Boike). What Vick doesn’t know is that Wild Life was Leon’s idea and that he invented much of the technology used to create the transformations. Furthermore, Leon wasn’t there to win the competition, he was there to shut the whole place down as the tech they were using wasn’t safe and would create permanent, aggressive transformations once the final round was complete. While Leon’s former partner and the current face of Wild Life, Tom, tried to keep the contest on tract and adamantly argued that the tech was safe, Leon’s only thoughts were of his deceased daughter Lily, how his invention had made her happy, and how, in her honour, he wanted to help others find the same happiness and not do anything that would harm or hurt them. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Leon’s artificial intelligence is manipulating the show, deceiving the people and ultimately attempting to destroy them all.
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.
Loss of a child; The dangers of trusting artificial intelligence; Fulfilment at any cost; The notion that having money and the lack of human responsibilities will buy or bring happiness.
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
Boonie Bears: The Wild Life is an action packed, animated, adventure. The Chinese film features English subtitles and a fairly predictable plotline. It is best suited to native speakers or older children who can read fast. Not suitable for children under 8 and parental guidance to 12 due to frequent, animated violence without consequence or repercussion and some deeper themes that could warrant good discussion.
The main messages from this movie are that true happiness lies within the reach of each and every person – It is not something that can be bought but is rather really simple and something individual that is found within us all.
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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