Not suitable under 5; parental guidance for children aged 5 (and sensitive children) (scary themes and characters (haunting, ghosts and spirits; doom of death))
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|Children under 5||Not suitable due to scary themes and characters (haunting, ghosts and spirits; doom of death).|
|Children aged 5||Parental guidance recommended due to scary themes and characters (haunting, ghosts and spirits; doom of death).|
|Children aged 6 and over||Ok for this age group, though parental guidance is recommended for sensitive children in 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:||Muppet Christmas Carol, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||The content is very mild in impact.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Charles Dickens – the creator of the famous 1843 classic, 'A Christmas Carol' (aka Gonzo from the Muppet family) narrates the story of Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine), a cold-hearted and ruthless mortgage broker, who does not care about anything but making profit. Because of his complete lack of empathy, he is feared and hated by everyone. Christmas is his least favourite time of the year, when his subordinates spend money on "humbug" and want to have time off work. One Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghosts of two former business associates Robert and Jacob Marley (Statler and Waldorf) who were just as nasty and greedy. They forewarn him that, unless he changes his ways, his fate is doomed. They also announce that three more ghosts are going to visit him that night: the spirits of Past, Present, and Future Christmases. Will the ghosts be able to open Ebenezer's eyes and heart to prevent disaster and to change for the better?
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.
Family Christmas classic; Muppets; Humour; Kindness and generosity.
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 no violence in this movie.
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 is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Muppet Christmas Carol is a sweet, kid-friendly adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale, which is full of positive and inspiring messages about kindness and generosity. The sad and heavy themes are buffered well by the presence of well-known, endearing Muppet characters; funny and light-hearted scenes and songs; and helpful commentary by the narrators Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat. Parental guidance is recommended for young and sensitive viewers.
The main messages from this movie are that it is never too late make positive changes, and that being generous and kind does not only affect others, but enriches one's own life and happiness.
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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