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Not suitable under 6; parental guidance to 8 (scary scenes and themes)
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|Children under 6||Not recommended due to scary scenes and themes|
|Children aged 6 to 8||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes and themes.|
|Children aged 8 and over||OK for this age group, but themes that parents may wish to discuss|
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:||Finding Dory|
|Consumer advice lines:||Some scenes may scare young children|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Finding Dory takes us back to the colourful under-sea world of the film Finding Nemo. It tells the story of Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a Pacific Regal Blue Tang fish with short-term memory loss, how she came to lose her family and her exciting adventure to find them.
Dory is happy living with her friend Marlin (Albert Brooks) and his son Nemo (Hayden Rolence) in a safe community on the Great Barrier Reef. Although she has short-term memory loss, she sometimes remembers snippets of life with her mother and father. One day, when out on a school excursion, Dory is swept away by a swift current and is thrown to the ground. The fall jolts her memory and she remembers where her mother and father live. She immediately convinces Marlin and Nemo to accompany her in the search for her long lost family.
The search brings them to the Monterey Marine Life Institute in California. They become separated and whilst Dory is busy trying to find her parents, Nemo and Marlin try to find Dory. Her new friends, Hank the octopus (Ed O'Neill), Destiny the whale shark (Kaitlin Olson) and Bailey (Ty Burrell) a Beluga whale, help Dory in her search.
As Dory's memories about her past and the separation from her parents return to her, she uses her memories and her instincts to find her mother and father. She must then try to reunite with Marlin and Nemo and she enlists the help of her parents and her new friends.
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.
Separation from family and loss of loved ones; death; living with a disability or something that makes you different; dealing with traumatic events or memories from the past; trusting your instincts
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.
Finding Dory includes some scenes of slapstick violence as well as scenes where sea creatures are threatened by either larger predators or humans. Examples include:
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 may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes and may wish to discuss some of the themes presented in the film.
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 of this age are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film but may wish to discuss the themes in this film.
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
None of concern in this film, however there is a lot of associated merchandise available
One mild sexual reference:
Nothing of concern
Nothing of concern
There is some mild teasing in this film, but it doesn't include name-calling, and there are some substitute swear words, but these are unlikely to be imitated by small children
Finding Dory is a beautiful animated adventure film with some powerful positive messages to discuss with children. It is entertaining and fun for adults as well as children. There are, however, themes of parental loss and separation and some scary scenes which younger children may find very frightening. It is not recommended for under 6s with parental guidance recommended for children aged 6 to 8. Parents may also wish to discuss some of the film’s themes with over 8s.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may also wish to discuss how animals are treated in captivity and what the film says about this.
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