Australian Council on Children and the Media

Guess How Much I Love You - An Enchanting Easter

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Recommended for children under 6, very mild themes. May lack interest for children over the age of 6.

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  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Guess How Much I Love You - An Enchanting Easter
  • a review of Guess How Much I Love You - An Enchanting Easter completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 16 April 2019.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 6 Recommended for this age group.
Children over the age of 6 Not recommended due to lack of interest.

About the movie

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: Guess How Much I Love You - An Enchanting Easter
Classification: G
Consumer advice lines: Very mild themes.
Length 48 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

This movie experience for very young children features three short films. The first, An Enchanting Easter is 30 minutes long, and two others Fly the Nest and Treasure Hunt are short 10-minute episodes.

An Enchanting Easter: One night before Easter, Little Nutbrown Hare (voiced by Ky Baldwin) sees a rare and beautiful pure white fawn (voiced by Holly Simon) dancing in the meadow.  He tries desperately to convince his friends of what he has seen, but none of them believe him, even suggesting he might have imagined it.  To prove to them he is telling the truth, Little Nutbrown Hare takes his friends to find the pure white fawn – but she turns out to be far better at hide and seek than Little Nutbrown Hare had thought.

Fly the Nest: When Little Nutbrown Hare (voiced by Ky Baldwin) sees Blue Bird’s (voiced by Kate Fitzpatrick) egg hatch into little baby blue birds, he becomes best friends with the little birds, teaching them to sing, play, and fly. 

Treasure Hunt: Little Nutbrown Hare (voiced by Ky Baldwin) and his friends go hunting for treasures to bring back to Big Nutbrown Hare (voiced by Andrew McFarlane). Unbeknownst to the group, their basket has a hole in it, and all the treasures fall to the ground along the way. Luckily, Big Nutbrown Hare, while searching for the group, follows the trail of dropped treasures, picking them up as he goes, and presents them to the little ones back home. 

Themesinfo

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.

Friendship; trust; exploring; Easter

Use of violenceinfo

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 no violence in this movie.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

There are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:

  • Little Nutbrown Hare is accused of imagining or making up the pure white fawn, on several occasions by all his friends. This makes him sad and frustrated and may distress very young children, because while he is telling the truth, nobody believes him (An Enchanted Easter).
  • The friends must take cover from a storm with loud thunder and lightning. This is brief, and nobody is hurt, but it may worry very young children (An Enchanting Easter).
  • The pure white fawn is swept away in a stream and is quite distressed. The friends save her. This may distress very young children, as it is clear she is in danger (An Enchanting Easter).

Aged five to eightinfo

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.

  • Nothing of concern.

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

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.

  • Nothing of concern.

Over thirteeninfo

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.

Product placement

  • Nothing of concern.

Sexual references

  • Nothing of concern.

Nudity and sexual activity

  • Nothing of concern.

Use of substances

  • Nothing of concern.

Coarse language

  • Nothing of concern.

In a nutshell

These three short films are just like the television series which is based on the well-loved children’s book Guess How Much I Love You. On the big screen it gives very small children the opportunity to visit the cinema and see something that is familiar and safe. The slightly longer An Enchanting Easter (30 minutes) is suitable for children under six, due to its simple story, clear moral messages of friendship and trust, and attractive animation. Fly the Nest and Treasure Hunt contain far less story and moral exploration but are still suitable for children under 6. In general, this cinema event will be slow and uninteresting for children over the age of six.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Don’t jump to conclusions before exploring the problem.
  • Help others when they are in need.
  • Friendship is important and should be cherished.

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as.

  • Going out with friends without alerting your parent/guardian to your whereabouts.
  • Staying out later than you were told to.

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