Not recommended under 5, PG to 10 (Violence; Scary scenes)
This topic contains:
|Children under 5||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children 5 - 10||Parental guidance recommended due to violent and scary scenes|
|Children 10 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:||Escape from Planet Earth|
|Consumer advice lines:||mild animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Escape from Planet Earth is an animated science fiction film about two alien astronauts, Gary (voiced by Rob Corddry) and his brother Scorch (Brendan Fraser) who lead all of the space expeditions from their planet Baab. Scorch is the more favoured and heroic of the two, gaining fame from the expeditions that he completes, while Gary is the easily forgotten brains behind Scorch’s brawn. Jealous and competitive, Gary struggles to relate to his brothers showiness and during one of many sibling fights he quits the job he loves at mission control.
In Gary’s absence, Scorch agrees to lead a solo mission to the ‘Dark Planet’ - Earth. However, when Scorch arrives on Earth, he finds the inhabitants unfriendly and is captured by the aggressive military Commander, General Shanker (William Shatner). Scorch is taken to Area 51 and kept as an alien prisoner.
The inhabitants of Planet Baab are shocked when one their most famous and beloved heroes vanishes. Gary’s son Kip (Jonathon Morgan Heit) is particularly devastated by the news of his uncle’s disappearance and, channelling his uncle’s courage, sets out to lead a mission to the ‘Dark Planet’ to save him. Gary and his wife Kirra (Sarah Jessica Parker) intercept Kip’s plan at the last moment but Gary, inspired by Kip’s bravery, sets out to save his brother and prove to the world that he too can be a hero.
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.
Aliens; a child running away from home; kidnapping
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 the following examples:
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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by 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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed 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.
Nothing of concern
There is some product placement in this movie, including;
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is reference to a sugary alien drink which is 80% sugar. The drink is mentioned, drunk and marketed throughout the movie.
There is some coarse language and name calling that children may imitate, including:
Escape from Planet Earth is an animated children’s science-fiction film about two alien brothers on an unexpected mission to save the universe and prove their loyalty to each other. Violent and scary scenes make it unsuitable for children under 5 and parental guidance is recommended for 5-10 year olds. There are some scary characters, scenes of people fighting with aliens, and both people and aliens in danger and being killed.
The main messages from this movie are about the bond between family members and about having the courage to stand up for what is right.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Other discussion topics raised by the film include:
Tip: Leave out the first A, An or The
Selecting an age will provide a list of movies with content suitable for this age group. Children may also enjoy movies selected via a lower age.
Content is age appropriate for children this age
Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended
Content is not age appropriate for children this age