My Fairy Troublemaker

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Not suitable under 3; parental guidance to 5 (themes, violence, language)

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  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for My Fairy Troublemaker
  • a review of My Fairy Troublemaker completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 14 February 2023.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 3 Not suitable due to themes, violence and language.
Children aged 3–5 Parental guidance recommended due to themes, violence and language.
Children aged 6 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.

Name of movie: My Fairy Troublemaker
Classification: G
Consumer advice lines: Very mild themes and coarse language
Length: 79 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Maxie (Lucy Carolan) is devastated to leave her country home and move into her mother’s (voice of Doireann Ni Chorragain) new partner Amir’s (voice of Luke Griffin) house in the city. Maxie gets her own room but her new step brothers, Sami (voice of Alex Kelly) and Tarek (voice of Justin Anene), have to share and neither is thrilled about this situation. Meanwhile, in fairy world, Violetta (voice of Aileen Mythen) is unable to pass the tooth fairy examination and decides to take matters into her own hands in order to prove her worth. She steals a gem from a pompous fairy called Yolando (voice of Paul Tylak) but soon finds out that her poor tooth fairy skills have not improved. Stuck in the human world, Violetta encounters Maxie and makes a deal that if Maxie will help her find her way back into the fairy world, then she will work her magic to make sure that Maxie can go back home to the country. In order to get home, Violetta must find a portal in an ancient tree. The problem is that the only tree left in the city is about to be destroyed by Rick (voice of Paul Tylak), a callous hotel developer, and, to make things worse, Violetta herself is running out of time as fairies who linger in the human world slowly transform into flowers. Can Maxie help her friend get home before time runs out? And will Maxie ever feel as if she belongs with this new family in a plant-less, concrete, city?


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.

Moving house; Corporate greed; Environmental degradation; Fairy magic; The complications of blended families and step siblings.

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:

  • Yolando knocks into another fairy and lands unconscious on the floor.
  • After stealing Yolando’s gem, Violetta crashes into a window.
  • Violetta grabs a piece of chocolate from a little kid, causing the child to burst into tears.
  • Maxie trips and knocks into Sami, who accidentally sets off a stink bomb during a protest.
  • Maxie pulls at Sami, trying to get his tooth.
  • Maxie and Sami fight over Violetta, stretching the fairy out, and Violetta is eventually flung into a wall.
  • Maxie and Violetta try to pull out Sami’s tooth by tying it to a string and slamming a door as well as by using a remote control aircraft to yank it out.
  • Sami is accidentally hit in the face by a flying object and gets a bloody nose.
  • Violetta falls backwards and knocks over a bunch of boxes in a shed. She lands on a cigar which ricochets into a spill of flammable pesticide and quickly sets fire to the shed.
  • Maxie falls through a glass skylight and lands in the shed where she is trapped by the fire. She quickly loses consciousness.
  • One of Rick’s henchmen kills the plants in the greenhouse using a pesticide spray gun. He turns it on Maxie’s mum and her two stepbrothers.
  • Tarek hits the man with his skateboard and knocks him to the ground after the man threatens Sami.
  • Maxie’s mum subtly threatens the man, telling him that he, “hasn’t sustained any serious injuries...yet”.
  • Rick drives a bulldozer machine into the tree that Maxie is climbing and repeatedly tries to knock it down as Maxie clings on for dear life.
  • Amir tries to stop Rick from attacking the tree with Maxie in it. The two men struggle for control of the bulldozer, grabbing and wrestling with each other.
  • The tree is broken apart, the trunk splits and Maxie and the tree fall to the ground.
  • Violetta wraps Rick and his henchman up in vines.

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:

  • While not scary, some children may be upset when Violetta transforms into a flower. She falls to the ground, lifeless and utterly transformed; all those around her are devastated and emotional. A short while later the portal works it’s magic and transforms Violetta into a flower fairy.

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.

  • Nothing further noted.

Product placement

  • None noted.

Sexual references

  • None noted.

Nudity and sexual activity

  • None noted.

Use of substances

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

  • Rick smokes a cigar. He later drops it in the garden shed and it is partially responsible for starting a fire.

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this movie, including:

  • Brat
  • Jerk
  • Nincompoop
  • Heck
  • Darn it
  • Dang it
  • You big baby.

In a nutshell

My Fairy Troublemaker is an animated adventure featuring bright graphics, an upbeat soundtrack and a predictable plot. The film contains universal messages about friendship and finding where you belong. While the film is best suited to younger audiences, it will be most enjoyed by children eight and under, with parental guidance for children aged 3-5.

The main messages from this movie are to be true to yourself; and that everyone has special gifts and specific interests and just because they are different doesn’t make them any less valuable.

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

  • Friendship
  • Compassion
  • Helpfulness
  • Courage
  • Truthfulness.

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

  • Running away.
  • Lying to others.
  • Doing what you know to be forbidden regardless of the consequences.
  • Destroying natural habitats to make way for ‘development’.