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Not recommended under 7, PG to 10 (Violence; Scary scenes and characters)
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|Children under 7||Not recommended due to violence, and disturbing scenes and characters|
|Children aged 7-10||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, and disturbing scenes and characters|
|Children aged 10 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:||How to train your dragon 2|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
This sequel is set five years after the events of the first How to train your dragon film, and opens with the Viking inhabitants of the Island of Berk engaged in their favourite contact sport - dragon racing rugby. The story’s lead character Hiccup (voice of Jay Baruchel), who has now come of age, is betrothed to his childhood sweetheart Astrid (voice of America Ferrera). Hiccup also being groomed by his father Stoick (voice of Gerard Butler) to become the Island of Berk’s next chieftain.
One day while Hiccup and Astrid are out flying on their dragons and exploring new lands they stumble upon the remains of a fortress encased in ice, the result of an attack by an unknown dragon rider. Hiccup and Astrid soon encounter the owner of the destroyed fortress, a dragon trapper named Eret (voice of Kit Harington). Unfortunately, Eret mistakenly believes that Hiccup is responsible for the destruction of his fortress and captures Hiccup, Astrid and their dragons.
During their captivity Hiccup and Astrid learn that a mad warlord named Drago Bludvist (voice of Djiman Hounsou) has enslaved an army of dragons which he intends to use to conquer the people and dragons of Berk. Hiccup and Astrid manage to escape from captivity and fly back to Berk to inform the Island inhabitants of the impending danger.
Hiccup, believing that he can reason with Drago, flies off in a bid to track down Drago and his army of dragons. However, before he is able to reach Drago, Hiccup is confronted by the dragon rider responsible for the attack on Eret’s fortress. The rider turns out to be Hiccup’s long lost mother Valka (Cate Blanchett), who for the past twenty years has devoted her life to rescuing dragons from Drago’s clutches. With Valka’s aid Hiccup must make a stand against Drago to protect both the inhabitants and dragons of Berk from enslavement.
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.
Dragons; Vikings; warfare; death of a family member
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.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 contains more violence than the first film as well as being somewhat darker. However, the film is free from depictions of blood and gore. 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.
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:
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 disturbed by some of the above-mentioned violent and scary 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.
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The film contains a scattering of sexual innuendoes. Examples include:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains a scattering of name calling and a few unfinished exclamations. Examples include:
How to train your dragon 2 is an animated fantasy adventure targeted at older children and adolescents, but adults will probably find the film equally appealing. There is more violence than in the previous How to train your dragon film and under sevens are likely to find some of the scenes and characters too disturbing, so it is not recommended for this age group. Parental guidance is recommended for the 7-10 age group.
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