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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 10 (violence, themes, scary scenes)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to violence, themes and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 8-10||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, themes and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 11 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Mavka: The Forest Song|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy themes and animated violence, some scenes may scare young children|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
A wealthy sawmill owner searches an enchanted forest for a magical, mysterious tree that has the power to heal and to regenerate. As legend has it, he takes a drop of water from a pool by its base to cure his dying daughter but then, desperate for more, he returns with an army. His army attacks the woodland creatures and, in a fit of rage, the forest guardian unleashes a raging fire that destroys the army and devours the nearby human villages. Consequently, a rift is established between the human world and the mystical forest realm. No human is allowed to set foot past the mountains and those that do, never return. Neither side trusts the other and countless years pass while the forest guardian grows older and more feeble. As the creatures wait and wonder whom will be chosen as successor, Mavka (voice of Laurie Hymes), a kind hearted forest nymph, continues to do good and help wherever she can. Her goodness even extends to Lucas (voice of Eddy Lee), a musician from a nearby village, who ventures into the forest in search of a cure for his dying uncle. Touched by his story and his hauntingly beautiful music, Mavka helps him find the tree and gives him a leaf to cure his uncle. The evil Kylina (voice of Sarah Natochenny), who claims to be the sawmiller’s daughter, has other plans and is determined to have the tree and all its powers for herself. Meanwhile, Mavka is named the new forest guardian and must come to terms with her responsibility to protect the creatures in her care, while at the same time her admiration for Lucas sees her attempting to mend ties with the humans. When Kylina’s evil plotting takes an even more sinister turn and it looks like neither the human nor the enchanted world will survive, it is an unexpected source that brings both parties together to see where their hatred and mistrust has brought them and to show them that the only way they can save themselves is to unite against the forces that would destroy them all.
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.
War; Mistrust; Environmental degradation; Magic, Prejudice against those who are different; Rage and its consequences.
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.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Mavka: The Forest Song is an animated, fantasy adventure based on a Ukrainian fairytale. At first glance it may seem to be a family film but due to the violence, themes and scary scenes, it is not a film for younger viewers but rather one that will be better suited to families with older children.
The main messages from this movie are to be true to yourself and your talents; trust what you know to be right; and always be willing to work with others towards the greater good.
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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