Australian Council on Children and the Media

Guess How Much I Love You - Christmas in July Special

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Recommended for early childhood. May lack interest for children over the age of 8.

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  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Guess How Much I Love You - Christmas in July Special
  • a review of Guess How Much I Love You - Christmas in July Special completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 29 July 2019.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 8 This movie is recommended for children under the age of eight.
Children over the age of 8 Children over 8 may find the movie boring 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 - Christmas in July Special
Classification: G
Consumer advice lines: General
Length 46 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

The film is comprised of three episodes detailing the adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare (voice of Matthew Jacob Wayne) and his friends. In the first episode, Christmas to the Moon and Back, Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends Little Fieldmouse (voice of Allie Carlton), and Little Grey Squirrel (voice of Stuart Allen) are helping collect food for a Christmas feast. When most of their food is accidentally washed down river the friends set off to retrieve it and come across a lost bear cub searching for his mother. While helping the bear cub the friends lose their way in a snowstorm and learn that the most important part of Christmas is not the food or the decorations but having people you love to share it with. In the second episode, The Holly Branch, Little Nutbrown Hare discovers that someone has left him the gift of a holly branch. While trying to discover who left the branch, he locates the bush itself and with a little help from his friends decides to give the same gift, and bring the same joy, to all the animals in the meadow. In the final episode, Feast Day, Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends struggle to find the perfect spot and enough food for a wonderful feast day. When they finally bring everything together, they realise they have just enough food and their chosen spot turns out to be the perfect place. Ultimately, what makes the evening so special is not about having enough to eat and beautiful Northern Lights to watch but that they have friends and family to enjoy it with.

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.

Separation from parent, neighbours helping each other, spreading joy to others.

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 some violence in this movie including:

  • Little mouse is accidentally, but repeatedly, sat on and squished by a bear cub. However, while unhappy, the mouse is unharmed.

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.

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:

  • It is unlikely that there is anything further in this film that would scare or disturb children under five.

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.

In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:

  • It is unlikely that there is anything in this film that would scare or disturb children between the ages of five to eight.

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.

In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:

  • It is unlikely anything in this film would scare or disturb children over the age of eight.

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in this movie:

  • The film contains no product placement.

Sexual references

There are some sexual references in this movie, including:

  • There are no sexual references in this film.

Nudity and sexual activity

There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:

  • The film contains no nudity or sexual activity.

Use of substances

There is some use of substances in this movie, including:

  • No substances are used in this film.

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this movie, including:

  • The film contains no coarse language.

In a nutshell

Guess How Much I Love You - Christmas in July Special is an animated series of stories aimed at early childhood viewers.

The main messages from this movie are to help others, to share what you have, to see the best in every situation and to spread kindness and love wherever you go.

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

  • Helpfulness
  • Sharing
  • Kindness
  • Joy
  • Generosity

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children the importance of always telling an adult where you are or where you are planning to go as well as the importance of staying close to a trusted adult when in an unfamiliar environment.

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