Not recommended under 6, PG to 8 due to violence and scary scenes.
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|Children under 6||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children 6-8||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children aged 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:||Ice Age|
|Consumer advice lines:||Contains some scenes that may frighten younger children|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The animated film Ice Age is set 20,000 years in the earth’s past when glaciers, snow and ice cover much of the land. To escape the cold, animals migrate south in search of food and warmer weather.
Not all the animals, however, are heading south. A woolly mammoth named Manny (voice of Ray Romano), who has his own agenda, is heading north accompanied by an accident prone, opportunistic giant sloth named Sid (voice of John Leguizamo), who has angered a couple of rhinos and decides that Manny would make the perfect body guard.
Meanwhile, a group of sabre-tooth tigers lead by the vengeful Soto (voice of Goran Visnjic) attacks a human camp to capture a human baby alive so that Soto can take his revenge for the hunting of other tigers. While Soto and others attack the men in the camp, sabre-tooth Diego (voice of Denis Leary) corners the mother and her infant on a cliff top above a ranging river, and in a bid to escape, the mother jumps into the raging torrent below. Both mother and infant are swept downstream where they are found by Manny and Sid. Before the exhausted mother disappears beneath the river, she manages to pass her infant over the bewildered animals for safe keeping and Sid decides that the only reasonable thing to do is to take the infant back to the human camp. However before Manny and Sid are able to travel too far, Diego turns up offering his superior tracking skills to find the humans, who he claims have moved camp. Of course, his true intentions are far from righteous.
As the unlikely trio travel to find the humans they have many encounters and adventures which change each of them in different ways.
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.
Prehistoric times; revenge; extinction; death of family members
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.
The film Ice Age contains frequent slapstick violence and some action violence with injury and death but no blood and gore depicted. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
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 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 movie
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
Nothing of concern, although plenty of associated merchandise.
Ice Age contains some low-level comical sexual innuendoes. Examples include:
There is some sexual activity in this movie, including:
None of concern
There are some occasional name calling and putdowns. Examples include:
Ice Age is an animated comedy adventure family film targeting children. The film is clever, funny and at times emotional, with some great characters. Although a little predictable, the storyline will easily entertain the target audience and well as older viewers. Parents of younger viewers should be cautioned that the film does contain scary moments. Under 7s may find the conflict between characters a little too intense and some of the film’s themes rather disturbing - animals that seek revenge via eating a baby; death of family members.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
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