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Not suitable under 6; parental guidance to 10 (violence, scary scenes)
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|Children under 6||Not suitable due to the level of violence and scary material.|
|Children aged 6-10||Parental guidance recommended due to the level of violence and scary material.|
|Children aged 11 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:||Brother Bear|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Kenai is a young, impulsive, adventurous Inuit boy who lives with his two older brothers Sitka and Denahi. Sitka, the oldest, has the token of an eagle - a brave guide, while Denahi’s token is the wise wolf. An initiation ceremony is held for boys growing into manhood and Kenai is given the token of love with the symbol of a bear. Kenai despises his token and while he is angry fails to secure the basket load of fish properly which is then carried off by a large grizzly bear. Kenai’s brothers try to dissuade him from chasing after the bear but Kenai is determined to hunt her down and retrieve the basket. The brothers arrive in time to save Kenai from the bear but Sitka and the bear fall through a crack in the ice and Sitka dies. He returns to the sky as an eagle.
Kenai now hates the bear for killing Sitka. Denahi tries to explain that it wasn’t really the bear’s fault but Kenai’s for chasing her. Kenai again hunts the bear and attacks it with a spear and this time the bear dies. Kenai watches as the spirit of the bear goes up into the sky and then he sees Sitka as the eagle come down and pick him up. Kenai is returned to the earth as a bear so that he can learn to see things from a different perspective.
Kenai now has to live his life as a bear until he has learnt his lesson and he must return to the place where the lights touch the earth. On his way he meets a little bear cub called Koda who adopts him as his brother. Koda shows him the path he has to take which is near the place Koda has to return for the annual bear run. Kenai at first wants nothing to do with Koda but along the way the two become firm friends and Kenai discovers a terrible truth that he has to deal with.
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.
Initiation; Death; Reincarnation.
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 quite a bit of violence in this movie including the following:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
There is quite a lot in this movie that would scare children in this age group. As well as the violent scenes mentioned above, children under five may need guidance with the following scenes:
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 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.
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.
The main take home message from this movie is that one should always try to see things from another’s perspective. Another message is that wild animals will often use violence to protect themselves when provoked and it’s preferable to avoid that.
Values that parents may wish to encourage include:
Values parents may wish to discourage include:
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