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Not suitable under 5; parental guidance to 7 (violence, themes, scary scenes)
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|Children under 5||Not suitable due to violence, themes and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 5–7||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, themes and scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 7||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:||My Father's Dragon|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence, themes, fantasy themes, scary scenes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Elmer (voice of Jacob Tremblay) and his mum (voice of Golshifteh Farahani) live happily in a small town tending their shop but when things get bad and the town becomes abandoned, they must move to the city to try to make a new start. With nothing but the dream of starting a new store, they scrape together enough money to rent an apartment. However, when the last of their money is gone, Elmer runs away determined to find the means to open the store himself. Elmer hears of a legendary dragon being held captive by wild animals and forced to repeatedly lift their island so that they won’t drown, and he sets off to free him so that he can bring the dragon home and use him to make money for the store. Boris the dragon (voice of Gaten Matarazzo) is very grateful to be free and instantly becomes friends with Elmer but the animals have no intention of letting them get away. Because Boris’s wing is injured, he is unable to fly and must figure out a way to transform himself into a legendary, powerful, dragon so that they can leave the island. Together they search for an ancient turtle that is rumoured to have the answers, while the animals, led by Saiwa, a giant gorilla (voice of Ian McShane), chase the pair all over the island determined to recapture Boris and keep their home from sinking into the sea.
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.
Finding your destiny; Self-transformation; Poverty; Fear of the unknown; The struggle for power; The struggle to survive.
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.
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.
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
My Father’s Dragon is an animated adventure based on the 1948 award winning children’s book by Ruth Stiles Gannett. Unsuitable for very young children, the film will be best enjoyed by slightly older kids or fans of the picture book.
The main messages from this movie are to believe in yourself, even when no one else does; and to remember that being a good friend is far more important than being right.
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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