Little Eggs: An African Rescue

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Not suitable under 6; not recommended under 8; parental guidance to 10 (violence, scary scenes)

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Little Eggs: An African Rescue
  • a review of Little Eggs: An African Rescue completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 6 December 2022.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 6 Not suitable due to violence and scary scenes.
Children aged 6–7 Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes.
Children aged 8–10 Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes.
Children over the age of 10 Ok for this age group.

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: Little Eggs: An African Rescue
Classification: PG
Consumer advice lines: Some scenes may scare young children
Length: 89 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Toto, a rooster (voice of Bruno Bichir), and his wife, Di (Maite Perroni), have become proud parents of two rare golden eggs, Uly (Dione Riva Santacruz Palace) and Bibi (Angelica Vale). Toto is overprotective of his two eggs and follows them everywhere as he knows the dangers that lurk in the world.

Toto’s fears come true when a Russian agent and her two henchmen steal the golden eggs to take them to an exclusive dinner/auction event in the Congo. The Russians plan to sell the eggs, along with various other exotic species of eggs, to the highest bidders. Toto and Di have to find their way to Africa to save their babies. Along the way they meet up with a band of African animals, led by a lion king, who come to their aid in rescuing their children.

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.

Parenthood; Animals in peril; Separation from a parent.

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 quite a lot of slapstick violence in this movie, mostly done for laughs, including:

  • Characters throwing objects at each other, falling over, being trodden on etc.
  • A pair of rats fight each other and argue. A dog captures them and locks them in a barn.
  • Toto gets swallowed by a hippopotamus when he mistakes it for a stone, however, the hippo doesn’t eat him.

Other violence includes:

  • The Russian woman flies through the air in a chair, getting hit by several creatures on the way.
  • The henchmen break their way into the farm, crashing through the fence.
  • The henchmen tie helmet contraptions to moles to make them burrow through the earth, which causes the ground to shake, in order to get to the chickens.
  • Toto flies at one of the tough guys, pecking at him. The man grabs Toto by the neck and tries to punch him. The fight causes the plane to go into a nosedive and nearly crashes but recovers just in time.
  • The man throws Toto and Di out of the plane.
  • The rats are also thrown out of the plane and land in a crocodile infested pond. The crocodiles snap at them.
  • The master chef orders his subordinates about and hits one of them across the face.
  • A group of monkeys capture Toto and Di and tie them up with twine.
  • The lion king challenges Toto to a duel. The lion chases him, swiping at him with his claws and hitting him on occasion.
  • The animals all storm into the hotel where the function is being held. They crash through everything and start attacking the people. People get tossed about. The monkeys fire bananas with sub-machine guns. The duchess gets thrown through the glass window and lands in the crocodile pond. The crocodiles chase after her. The kitchen gets set on fire, which eventually spreads to the rest of the hotel. The animals escape, with the building crashing down behind them. The building explodes with a very loud bang.
  • The chickens are trapped between the fire and the crocodiles.

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:

  • The Russian agent (a duchess) and her henchman are all scary-looking characters. The duchess has an evil-looking face and laugh and has long, pointy fingers.
  • A pair of rats get into the chicken coop to try and steal the eggs. They are ugly and scary-looking creatures.

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:

  • The henchmen are large, tough-looking creatures with tattoos. They arrive in a large tank which looks like a weapon.
  • The chickens are scared by the earth shaking and all jump into a hole. They land in a dark space and find their way through tree roots. Loud, growling noises can be heard.
  • The mole leads Toto and Di through a forest in the Congo when a river comes rushing down, sweeping them along with it.
  • The eggs are locked up in a cold room in a kitchen. Knives are seen gleaming and hanging down. The eggs are all shivering from the cold.
  • A band of monkeys are quite aggressive and scary-looking.
  • The lion king growls at Toto several times.

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:

  • Di is crying when her eggs are stolen.
  • Bibi cries for her Mum and Dad.
  • Di tells the animals how terrible it feels to lose her children. A hyena, seemingly laughing, tells how he lost his wife. The lion says he lost both his parents and that no-one can beat humans.

Thirteen and overinfo

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 further of concern.

Product placement

  • None noted.

Sexual references

There are some sexual references in this movie, including:

  • Toto and Di kiss on a few occasions.

Nudity and sexual activity

  • None noted.

Use of substances

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

  • A character takes a powdery substance but it is unsure what this might be.

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this movie, including:

  • Name calling, such as stupid and fools
  • Buzz off
  • Sacré Bleu
  • Shut up
  • Oh God.

In a nutshell

Little Eggs: An African Rescue is an animated Mexican movie, based on the Huevoscartoons Franchise. It has some crude humour and mature themes. It is also quite scary in places. For these reasons the movie isn’t suitable for children under 6, not recommended for children under 8 and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 8 – 10.

The main messages from this movie are that sometimes you have to believe in the impossible; and that the size of your enemy doesn’t matter, you can defeat them with intelligence.

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

  • Teamwork
  • Bravery
  • Trying to do better
  • Perseverance
  • Forgiveness.

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

  • Stereotypes are used of the bad guys – it’s important to know that not all people of a particular nationality are bad. There are good and bad people everywhere.
  • Toto doubts his ability to be a good father. He sometimes says things he doesn’t mean, which upsets his children. The children think he doesn’t love them but they come to realise that he didn’t mean what he said. Sometimes this happens in real life and we need to understand that people do say things they don’t mean when they’re upset.