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Parental guidance recommended under 6 (Scary scenes and characters)
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|Children under 6||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes and characters|
|Children 6 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.
|Name of movie:||Monsters University|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Monsters University is the prequel to the popular Monsters Inc. animation released in 2001. It tells the story of the early lives of the well loved monsters, big Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and the one eyed Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal).
Monsters University begins with Mike as a young monster who becomes inspired by some of the most infamous Scare monsters in Monstropolis. As he grows, Mike remains focussed on his dreams and one day is successful in being admitted into the well-respected Scare Program at Monsters University.
On his first day at university Mike meets Sulley, a natural born Scarer from a long line of successful Scarers, who is dismissive of Mike’s intelligence and ambition. Intent to prove that he can be scary, both to his classmates and to Dean Hardscrabble(voiced by Helen Mirren), Mike develops a rivalry with Sulley. He hopes that his smartness can outdo Sulley’s unsophisticated brawn.
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.
Monsters scaring children
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 are many scenes of menacing monsters intent on scaring others and children, 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.
Younger children in this age group may also be scared 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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film
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
None of concern, although associated merchandise being marketed to children
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some mild sexual activity in this movie, including:
None of concern
There are some mild coarse language and put downs in this movie, including
Monsters University is a family movie and prequel to Monsters Inc. It tells the background story of Sculley and Mike Mazowski, two loveable monsters learning many life lessons as they learn about the tough world of Scaring. Although the film has been given a G rating, there are scenes and characters in it that may scare children under six, particularly those who already have fears of imaginary monsters. Also, Mike is excluded and bullied at times throughout the movie. Parents may wish to discuss the real-life experience of bullying and the ways that Mike learns to manage these experiences.
The main messages from this movie are about determination, loyalty and friendship. Mike and Sculley work hard to become scarers and find that working together makes them better Monsters.
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