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Not recommended under 6, PG to 8 (Scary characters and scenes)
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|Children under 6||Not recommended due to scary characters and scenes|
|Children aged 6-8||Parental guidance recommended due to scary characters and scenes|
|Children aged over 8||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:||Finding Nemo 3D|
|Consumer advice lines:||Some scenes may frighten young children|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This is the 3D re-release of the original Finding Nemo. It opens with excited clown fish parents Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Coral (Elizabeth Perkins), who live on the Great Barrier Reef, doting over their first clutch of eggs. Unfortunately, their happiness is short-lived when a rampaging barracuda attacks with devastating consequences. Coral and all but one of the eggs are lost, and Marlin names the surviving egg Nemo.
When we next see Nemo (Alexander Gould) he is a young clown fish, very excited and eager about his first day at school. Disaster strikes when Nemo, in an act of defiance against his overprotective father, swims out into the open sea where he is captured by a diver. He ends up in a fish tank in the office of a dentist (Bill Hunter) overlooking Sydney Harbor.
Meanwhile, a distraught Marlin has teamed up with a fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), who suffers from short term memory loss, but is able to decipher Marlin’s only clue to Nemo’s whereabouts. Marlin and Dory set off to find and rescue Nemo with the pair encountering many dangers on their journey.
Nemo, unaware that his father is searching for him, is befriended by an array of marine creatures living in the fish tank including a tough old tiger fish called Gill (Willem Dafoe), who helps Nemo plot his escape.
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.
Death and loss of a family member; animal predatory behaviour
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 Nemo contains cartoon action violence, at times played for comedy but also scary for younger children, especially with 3D effects. 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:
The film contains several threatening and scary looking predator fish that are likely to scare and disturb younger children.
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
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 in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything 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.
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None of concern in the film, but plenty of associated merchandise, including food products
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The film contains some minor name calling and toilet humour which may be imitated by younger children. Examples include:
Finding Nemo 3D is a re-release of the animated adventure comedy film targeting children and their families. The film features a star studded cast performing the voiceovers and some clever humour. However, the film contains some upsetting scenes, including the death of Marlin’s wife and the destruction of their eggs which younger children may find distressing, and some predator fish that they may find very frightening. The scary scenes are more intense in this 3D version.
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 the food chain in the ocean and the behaviour of predator creatures such as sharks.
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