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Not recommended under 5, PG to 8 (Violence; Scary scenes and characters)
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|Children under 5||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes and characters|
|Children 5 to 8||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes and characters|
|Children 8 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:||Frozen|
|Consumer advice lines:||Some scenes may scare very young children|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film opens with two young princesses, Elsa (voice of Idina Mensel) and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) from the mythical kingdom of Arendelle happily playing together. Elsa, the older of the two sisters has been born with magical powers. She can conjure up snow and ice at the snap of her fingers, enabling her to turn the inside of the palace into a winter adventure wonderland. Unfortunately Elsa hasn't yet developed enough control over her magical powers and accidentally injures Anna. The King and Queen take Anna to a tribe of magic forest trolls who are able to repair the damage caused by Elsa, but at a cost. They have to remove Anna's memories or her sister’s magical ability. To keep Anna safe and Elsa's magical talents hidden from the kingdom’s people, Elsa is closeted away and the two sisters becoming estranged.
Years later, the two sisters lose their parents at sea in a shipwreck and Elsa has to come out of isolation for her coronation. During the festivities, Anna falls in love with a visiting prince, Prince Hans (voice of Santino Fontana), who asks Anna to marry him. Anna asks Elsa for her blessing to marry, but Elsa is suspicious of the prince and refuses. During the ensuing argument, Elsa accidentally reveals her magical talents and transforms the kingdom of Arendelle into a permanently frozen winter-land.
Overcome with emotion, Elsa runs off to take refuge high in the mountains where she uses her magic to create an ice palace to live in. Fearing the worst for the permanently frozen Arendelle, Anna decides to track down the sister she still loves and convince her to reverse the spell.
Anna heads off into the frozen wilderness and along the way teams up with a young ice carter named Kristoff (voice of Johnathan Groff), his faithful sidekick, a reindeer called Sven and a magically created sentient snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad). Together the group must battle the elements and both magical and human foes to reach Elsa and convince her to reverse her spell. In the end both Anna and Elsa discover that true love is the ingredient needed to set things right.
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.
Fantasy; magic; family relationships
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.
Frozen contains some scenes of action violence and peril, some accidental injury, inferred death and occasional threats of violence. 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 scared 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.
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.
Nothing of concern
None of concern in the film, but associated merchandise being marketed to children
The film contains occasional very mild flirtatious comments. Examples include:
The film contains no nudity, but does depict some revealing clothing and mild romance. Examples including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains some mild name calling, and coarse language that young children may imitate. Examples include:
Frozen is a Disney animated musical adventure suited to families and most children over the age of 5. The film entertains from start to finish, but does contains some scary scenes and characters that may disturb younger viewers. It is not recommended for children under 5 and parental guidance is recommended to 8, because some children in the 5-8 age group may find some scenes and characters disturbing, especially in the 3D version. At 108 minutes, it is also quite a long film for younger children.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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