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Not suitable under 4; parental guidance to 5 (mild crude humour, scary characters, sense of threat, sad themes such as parental death and loss of loved ones)
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|Children under 4||Not suitable due to mild crude humour, scary characters, sense of threat, and sad themes (parental death and loss of loved ones).|
|Children aged 4–5||Parental guidance due to mild crude humour, scary characters, sense of threat, and sad themes (parental death and loss of loved ones). May also be too lengthy and complex for children under 5.|
|Children aged 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:||Moonbound|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild crude humour and sense of threat|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Based on the children’s classic fairy-tale, Little Peter’s Journey to the Moon, by German author and playwright, Gerdt von Bassewitz, Moonbound tells the story of Mr Zoomzeman (voiced by Howard Nightingale), a now elderly June bug. Mr Zoomzeman has spent his whole adult life searching for brave humans, who have never hurt any animals, to help him retrieve what he had lost many years ago. When a mean thief (Drew Sarich) cut down his home, a big beautiful birch tree, Mr Zoomzeman asked the Night Fairy (Cindy Robinson) for help. The Night Fairy banished the thief and his two accomplices to the moon, tragically, along with the birch tree, one of Mr Zoomzeman’s arms, and his newlywed wife, Mrs Zoomzeman. When Mr Zoomzeman meets young Anne (Lilian Gartner), and her brother Peter (Aleks Le), he knows he has found the chosen humans and together they venture on a fantastic journey to the stars, to stop the evil Moon Man once and for all, and to retrieve Mr Zoomzeman’s arm and birch tree, and lost love.
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.
Fantasy; Adventure; Family; Friendship.
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.
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:
Moonbound is a sweet adaptation of von Bassewitz’s classic story of two brave and selfless young children who go on a fantastic journey to help a little animal friend. While there are some clichés (e.g. a spirited, playful little sister who annoys her more sincere, older brother; a gang of bullies who pick on the new kid at the school; a ruthless villain who seeks vengeance and wants to rule the universe; complete with two rather dumb and clumsy henchmen), the movie features relatable, funny, and quirky characters and positive role models, and contains a heap of positive messages. The pace of the movie is quick, and the story line complex, so very young children may lose track or interest. Because of that and due to some sad and scary themes (facing an evil villain, leaving home, losing loved ones etc.), the movie is most suitable for a family audience with children over 4, with parental guidance for children aged 4-5.
The main messages from this movie are that is important to look out for one another; to be persistent; and to follow one’s dreams.
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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