Australian Council on Children and the Media

Megamind 3D

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Not recommended under 7, PG to 10 (Violent and disturbing scenes, lack of interest for younger children)

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Megamind 3D
  • a review of Megamind 3D completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 16 December 2010.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 7 Not recommended due to violent and disturbing scenes and lack of interest for this age group
Children 7-10 Parental guidance recommended due to violence and lack of interest for younger children.
Children 11 and over 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: Megamind 3D
Classification: PG
Consumer advice lines: Mild animated violence and infrequent coarse language
Length 95 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Megamind (voice of Will Ferrell) arrived on earth as a baby in a capsule at exactly the same time as Goody Two Shoes (Brad Pitt), both endowed with super powers. While Goody Two Shoes has a privileged upbringing, Megamind is brought up by convicts. He discovers that the only thing he is any good at is being bad, becomes a super villain and ends up in prison. His adversary Goody Two Shoes grows up to become Metro Man, the super hero of MetroCity.

Megamind is finally released from gaol on the day that Metro City has organised to dedicate a museum to Metro Man. Megamind, assisted by his fish companion, Minion (David Cross), manages to disrupt the celebrations by kidnapping popular television reporter Roxanne Ritchie (Tina Fey). When Metro Man comes to her rescue, Megamind succeeds in killing him, much to his surprise.

Megamind finds life rather boring without a good influence to oppose his badness. He therefore decides to create another super hero, Titan (Jonah Hill) who unfortunately decides he would rather be bad. Megamind now has a dilemma. He has to decide whether to oppose Titan by becoming a hero or to remain a super villain.

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.

Superheroes; Good versus evil

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 some violence in this movie including:

  • Frequent fighting, punching, objects being thrown, explosions, etc.
  • Roxanne is tied up, has a bag put over her head and is dangled over a pool with alligators in it.
  • Megamind blows up the observatory, apparently killing Metro Man.
  • Hal (Jonah Hill) beats himself up because Roxanne won't go out with him.
  • Titan melts Megamind with his laser eyes.
  • Titan ties Roxanne to the top of a tower which he then cuts down.

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:

  • Babies are sent away in capsules by their parents.
  • Megamind's appearance - he is blue with a large head.
  • A skeleton lands on Megamind.
  • Megamind changes into various different characters.
  • Minion's water bowl is broken and he appears to be dying - gasping for breath.
  • Metro Man juggles babies and throws them back to their mothers.
  • Megamind creates a huge mechanical body to fight in - it looks quite scary.
  • At one point in the film, Megamind appears dead.

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.

Children in this age group may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.

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.

There are no additional scenes likely to disturb this age group.

Over thirteeninfo

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

Product placement

None of concern

Sexual references

There are some sexual references in this movie, including:

  • Roxanne is seen as the female who needs to be constantly rescued.
  • All the characters (except Metro Man) are in love with Roxanne.

Nudity and sexual activity

There is some sexual activity in this movie, including:

  • Roxanne and Bernard (actually Megamind) kiss.

Use of substances

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

  • Drinking at dinner

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this movie, including:

  • freakin'
  • crap

In a nutshell

Megamind 3D is an animated superhero comedy. There are some very funny lines in this movie but younger children are unlikely to understand the humour or the philosophical elements. It is aimed at older children, adolescents and adults.

The main messages from this movie are that good cannot exist without evil and vice versa and that sometimes people are bad because of their circumstances.

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

  • Good can overcome evil
  • People can make choices to be good or bad

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

  • At one point Megamind says 'what's the point of being bad if there's no-one good to stop you' - this could be quite a good issue to raise with children as well as whether they should only be good because of the expectations of others or because of their own choice.
  • Titan is given all the gifts to become a superhero but squanders them all for his own personal gain. Could Titan have made better choices?

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