(Parental guidance for under 8s (Viol.)
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|Children under 8||Children under the age of 8 might need parental guidance to view this film, due to the level of violence and frequent occurrence of negative behaviours.|
|Children aged 8-13||Some children over the age of 8 may still need parental guidance, depending on their age, levels of understanding and susceptibility to be influenced by violence or imitate inappropriate behaviours.|
|Children over the age of 13||Children over the age of 13 would be ok to see this film with or without parental guidance.|
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:||Home on the Range|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The vengeful villain Alameda Slim has been ‘settling an old score’ with cattle ranchers by stealing their cattle. This destroys their farms economically and he then purchases them at rock bottom prices. Maggie, an old show cow, the only animal left on Abner’s ranch after Alameda is through, is taken to the Patch of Heaven farm down the road. There Maggie meets Mrs. Calloway an very reserved and proper English cow with a serious disdain for show cows.
Shortly after Maggie’s arrival, a bad harvest forces the bank to foreclose on Pearl, an elderly farmer who has lived on Patch of Heaven all her life and who looks on her animals as family. Her three cows Maggie, Grace and Mrs. Calloway set off to save the day by hatching a plan to capture Alameda Slim and use the reward money to save the farm. They encounter many obstacles along the way including Buck, a delusional horse who thinks he is a hero, a bounty hunter, and some very bad weather. Maggie and Mrs. Calloway eventually learn to appreciate each other’s differences as they work together to bring Slim to justice and save their little Patch of Heaven.
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.
Very little of the violence portrayed in the film had any real life consequence and most of it, being a cartoon, had a comic undertone. Throughout the film there was regular and repeated violence mostly in the form of: slapping, punching, hitting, kicking, throwing, poking, strangling, biting, choking, etc.
Some of the more notable scenes are as follows:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
The only scene that might be scary for some young children would be the flash flood that the cows must face while attempting to cross the desert. A huge wave of water comes up unexpectedly, the screen becomes much darker and the scene is accompanied by loud, tense, dramatic music. The cows themselves are very frightened and at one stage it looks like Maggie is going to drown.
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 or disturbed by the scenes mentioned above.
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 over the age of eight are unlikely to be scared by 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.
Children over the age of thirteen are unlikely to be scared by this film.
The film has the following sexual references:
There is no explicit nudity or sexual activity; however at the saloon there are three burlesque dancers wearing low-cut tops that show some cleavage.
The following scenes show mild substance use:
This film does not contain any coarse language as such, but it does contain a large amount of name-calling, rude language and general putdowns.
The main take-home message from Home on the Range is that good will triumph over evil and no matter how much you suffer or endure justice will prevail and things will work out for the best in the end.
The following content could be used by parents to discuss with their children what their own family’s values are, and what the real life consequences can be of some actions and attitudes:
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