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Not recommended under 9, PG to 13 (Violence; Disturbing scenes and themes)
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|Children under 9||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes and themes|
|Children aged 9-12||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, scary and disturbing scenes and themes.|
|Children 13 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:||Frankenweenie|
|Consumer advice lines:||Scary scenes and infrequent mild coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Victor Frankenstein (voice of Charlie Tahan) is a highly intelligent and creative young boy, who is very passionate about making films and inventing things. Victor is a loner and unpopular at school, and his only friend and companion is his pet dog Sparky (voice of Frank Welker). Victor’s favourite teacher is his science teacher Mr. Rzkruski (voice of Martin Landau), who teaches him about lightning and electricity. When Mr Rzkruski sets the class a science project with a major prize, competition between classmates is fierce.
Disaster strikes when Sparky is run over and killed by a car during a baseball game, leaving Victor devastated and despondent - until he comes up with a plan to reanimate Sparky’s corpse. Victor goes to the Pet Cemetery, digs up Sparky’s corpse and takes it home. Using all of the knowledge about electricity gained from Mr. Rzykruskin’s science classes, Victor invents a machine which he uses during an electrical storm to reanimate Sparky’s corpse. At first all goes well with Victor deciding to keep Sparky’s reanimation a secret, but when one of Victor’s class mates Edgar ‘E’ Gore (voice of Atticus Shaffer) discovers Victor’s secret, Victor’s world quickly begins to spin out of control.
Edgar blackmails Victor into telling how he reanimated Sparky and tells several of his class mates of Victor’s discovery. Intent on winning the science competition, Edgar and several other students dig up their long dead pets and reanimate them with devastating consequences. By the end of the film Victor manages to put all back in order, but not without personal cost.
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 of a pet; reanimation; intolerance
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.
Frankenweenie contains some rather macabre animated violence mainly inflicted upon animals. At times the violence depicted has a comical intent or is presented in a slapstick manner but the film also contains scenes of violence combined with peril involving animals and children. 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 are also very 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 scared 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.
OK for this age group
None of concern
None of concern
The film contains occasional mild flirting. Examples include:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains some mild coarse language and name calling. Examples include:
Frankenweenie is an animated, horror comedy by Tim Burton. The film contains numerous references and similarities to classic old horror films such as Frankenstein and Dracula. As a result, the film contains scary images and frightening scenes which make it unsuitable for under 9s but also contains some clever humour and tender moments that are likely to be enjoyed by older children and adults.
The main message from this movie is that science can be used for both good and evil purposes; it is up to the individual to make the choice.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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