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Not suitable under 7; parental guidance recommended for under 9 (animated violence and emotionally distressing themes)
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|Children under 7||Not suitable due to upsetting themes and animated violence|
|Children aged 7–8||Parental guidance recommended due to upsetting themes|
|Children aged 9 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.
|Name of movie:||Cats|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
House cat Blanket (voice of Hannibal Buress) is living a comfortable life in an apartment in a busy Chinese megacity. His young son Cape (voice of Max Charles), however, is bored and curious to explore the outside world. Cape has also been told that his mother has gone to a place called "Peachtopia" – a legendary place where cats live in freedom and peace. Determined to find this place and his mother, Cape escapes the apartment. Blanket, who knows about the dangers of the outside world, sets out on a desperate and dangerous journey to find his son.
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.
Father and son relationship; ambitions in life; chasing a dream; coming of age; friendship; longing and grief; the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence; finding the place where you feel at home.
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.
It is unlikely that children over the age of thirteen will be frightened by this movie.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some mild coarse language in this movie, including:
Cats is a computer-animated movie directed by Gary Wang. Mild animated violence and emotionally distressing themes make it unsuitable for children under 7. Parental guidance is recommended for children under 9 due to emotionally distressing themes.
The main messages from this movie are about the importance of a father-son relationship – especially in the absence of the mother – and that you cannot find peace and a sense of belonging at any place if you cannot find peace and home in your heart.
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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