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Not suitable under 6; parental guidance to 8 (themes, scary scenes)
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|Children under 6||Not suitable due to themes and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 6–8||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 8||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:||Marcel The Shell With Shoes On|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and a drug reference|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Marcel (voiced by Jenny Slate) is a one inch tall shell, with shoes and a face, who lives in a large, human’s, Airbnb house with his grandmother, Connie (voiced by Isabella Rossellini). Marcel once belonged to a large community of shells. Now only he, Nana Connie, and their pet ball of lint, Alan, are left. When a new resident to the house, amateur filmmaker, Dean (Dean Fleischer-Camp), notices Marcel, he decides to make a documentary about Marcel and the innovative and resourceful ways this shell navigates daily life. Dean then posts the video on YouTube. The post goes viral, unearthing Marcel’s hope at finding his long-lost family and attracting the interest of Marcel’s favourite program, ‘60 Minutes’. However, when Marcel’s video fans and followers turn out to be more interested in taking selfies outside his house than helping find his family; his grandmother’s health deteriorates; and he realises how big the world outside his house really is, Marcel loses hope that he will ever see his family again. But will he?
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.
Death of a loved one; Separation from family and community; Loss; Grief; Hope; Risk taking; Gratitude; Wellbeing; Mindfulness; Friendship; Community; Loneliness; Resilience; Creativity; Innovation; Fear of Change; Bravery; The Superficiality of Social Media.
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.
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Marcel The Shell With Shoes On is a combination of stop-motion animation blended with live-action actors and scenes. This ‘mockumentary’ is a feature-length film adaptation of the viral YouTube video series, from 2010, of the same name. Whilst only an inch tall, Marcel is a great role model, who openly states that he likes himself and has a lot of great qualities. The film covers some big themes and powerful messages with an abundance of gratitude and some great quotes, like, “Guess why I smile a lot? … Coz it’s worth it”. The slow pace of the film makes it best suited to families with tweens and older.
The main messages from this movie are the importance of friendship, family and community; and that in the face of adversity we should strive to “not just survive but to have a good life”.
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 the importance of:
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