Not suitable under 5; parental guidance to 6 (sad/disturbing scenes and themes (separation from parent, emotional cruelty), tobacco and alcohol consumption, and dated stereotypes)
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|Children under 5||Not suitable due to sad/disturbing scenes and themes (separation from parent, emotional cruelty), tobacco and alcohol consumption, and dated stereotypes.|
|Children aged 5–6||Parental guidance recommended due to sad/disturbing scenes and themes (separation from parent, emotional cruelty), tobacco and alcohol consumption, and dated stereotypes.|
|Children aged 7 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:||Dumbo (1941)|
|Consumer advice lines:||Contains tobacco depictions|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Mrs Jumbo is the happiest circus elephant in the world when a stork delivers her a long-yearned-for little baby elephant, whom she names, Jumbo Junior. The other elephants are in awe with the adorable little bundle of joy – until he sneezes and unfolds a set of enormous ears. The other elephants laugh at him for being a "freak", and from then on call him Dumbo. Mrs Jumbo does not care, however, she loves her little baby just the way he is. Unfortunately, the conceited elephants are not the only ones who ridicule Dumbo for being different, and when children in the crowd harass Dumbo, Mrs Jumbo, wanting to defend her baby and punish the bullies, loses her temper. Declared a dangerous, mad elephant, Mrs Jumbo gets separated from Dumbo and is locked up in a cage, leaving poor Dumbo desperate and all alone. Gladly, Timothy the Mouse (voiced by Edward Brophy) understands how unfair and cruel everyone behaves, excluding Dumbo for being different. He is determined to show Dumbo that his big ears should not stop him from finding success and acceptance. And indeed, it turns out that Dumbo's ears are a blessing rather than a curse, when it ends up that he is the world's only elephant that can fly.
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.
Disney classic; Family musical; Being different; Bullying and discrimination; Fighting injustice and intolerance; Love and friendship.
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.
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
Dumbo is one of the early animated Disney classics, first released in 1941. Its main themes – bullying, discrimination, and excluding someone for being different – are as current as ever. Much of the film has a rather sad notion, and extremely emotionally intense and heart-breaking scenes may be a bit too much for young and/or sensitive viewers, which is why parental guidance for those audiences is recommended. Modern viewers may feel that the movie contains some character depictions – a flock of black crows speaking in a very stereotypical African-American slang – which, according to today's standards, represent racist stereotypes. Parents can use this as an opportunity to raise awareness of how society and the understanding of stereotypes and racial discrimination have changed over the decades.
The main messages from this movie are that being different does not justify discrimination, and that it is important to believe in oneself and celebrate one's uniqueness rather than feeling shameful.
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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