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Parental guidance recommended under 8 and for sensitive children 8- 13 (Scenes of animal distress).
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|Children under 5||Parental guidance recommended due to scenes of animal distress|
|Children aged 5 -13||Some parental guidance might be needed for sensitive children.|
|Children over the age of 13||OK without parental guidance|
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:||Elephant Tales|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Zef and his younger elephant brother Tutu find themselves orphaned when poachers kill their family. Zef tells Tutu that their mother was taken up in a rainbow and Tutu is determined to find her. Zef finds it increasingly more difficult to tell Tutu the truth but along the way they meet other orphaned animals: Chump the Chimp, Stretch the Giraffe and Cub the lion cub who all join them in their search.
They encounter many dangers along the way such as bad storms, scary creatures and even scarier men whom they call ‘the badness’. Tutu gets lost at one stage and Zef gets caught in an animal trap Chump, however, is very resourceful and manages to free Zef, along with many other trapped animals. Unfortunately in the process, Chump knocks over some petrol cans which set fire to the men’s camp but the animals all manage to escape unhurt. Eventually Zef, Tutu and their friends all reach an animal sanctuary where they are welcomed and well looked after.
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.
Animal distress, hunting
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 a number of 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.
Children in this age group could also be distressed by some of the above mentioned scenes.
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.
More sensitive children in this age group could also be distressed by some of the above mentioned scenes.
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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be distressed by anything in this movie.
Elephant Tales is a. delightful movie that would appeal to people of all ages. The scenery and photography is beautiful and the animals are wonderful. However it does address the issue of animal hunting and can be distressing.
The main message from this movie is that people should stop hunting and killing animals for monetary purposes.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss what will happen if people continue to hunt and kill wild animals and the fact that not all people are bad and that only some people do bad things to animals.
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