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Not recommended under 8, PG to 13 due to violence and scary scenes.
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This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) have had an enjoyable time stuck on Madagascar, but they decide that it is time to go home to New York’s Central Park zoo. Their resourceful penguin friends put together a barely flight-worthy aircraft, which literally launches them all, including Madagascar lemurs King Julian (Sacha Baron Cohen), Maurice (Cedric the Entertainer) and Mort, into a turbulent, terrifying and shortlived flight. When they finally crash land, they all discover they are in their mother country, Africa.
After a few more misadventures with some intrepid New York tourists, the animals meet the local wildlife. Alex reunites with his mother and father (Bernie Mac), from whom he was separated as a cub. He discovers his father is the King of the lion pride, and is then tricked by his father’s rival, Makunga (Alec Baldwin) into participating in the lion’s Rite of Passage. Alex’s misunderstanding of the tradition results in his failure, his family’s subsequent banishment from the protection of the animal reserve, and Makunga’s wrongful succession to Kingship.
Meanwhile, Marty, Melman and Gloria, while thrilled to reunite with their own kind, also face identity crises, placing a strain on their relationships with each other. When the animal reserve suddenly loses its water supply, the four friends overcome and value their differences in order to hatch a plan to save their new extended family.
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 a parent; animal distress
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:
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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of 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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned 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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
None of concern
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some mild coarse language in this movie, including:
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is a light hearted animated comedy that will have broad appeal, although some scenes may be disturbing for younger children.
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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