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Not suitable under 9; parental guidance to 11 (themes, violence, gender stereotypes)
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|Children under 9||Not suitable due to violence and themes.|
|Children aged 9–11||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and themes.|
|Children over the age of 11||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:||Nutcracker and the Magic Flute, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
After a home ballet performance for her mother’s friends, Mari (voice of Lyubov Aksyonova) learns of her father’s debts and is offered a chance to pay them off in exchange for becoming the bride of Mr Ratter (voice of Pyotr Ivashchenko), a middle-aged, balding, overweight man. When Mari refuses, Mr Ratter threatens to throw her mother in prison and Mari out on the street. He hands Mari the nutcracker toy he had been using all evening, gives her one night to reconsider and tells her he will return for her answer in the morning. While Mari’s mother makes plans to leave their home, Mari goes to her room and makes a wish that she could play with her dolls like she did when she was younger and everything was simple. Then, Mari is magically transformed into the size of a doll and all her playthings come to life, including a stuffed ostrich, a ram and the Nutcracker himself. The Nutcracker is really the long lost Prince Georg (voice of Fedor Fedotov). Georg had been turned into a toy by his wicked stepmother who also keeps his father in a bewildered and sleepy state thanks to a series of potions, and plans to keep him alive just long enough for her own son to come of age and assume the role of king. The Queen (voice of Elena Shulman), her evil son and most of the royal court are really rats masquerading as humans. Georg immediately sets off to find his castle and Mari agrees to help him find the magic flute rumoured to possess the legendary powers able to transform the rats back to their true form and restore power to the humans. Will they manage to find it in time and what will happen to Mari if she doesn’t make it home by daybreak?
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.
Curses and Magical transformations; Separation from a parent; Debt; Outdated notions of a stereotypical, helpless female who must always be assisted or saved.
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 are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Nutcracker and the Magic Flute is an animated, musical adventure featuring a helpless, female lead character who must always be rescued or assisted by males. The film includes some dismissive gender-based comments such as: “Don’t worry your pretty little head about it”. It assumes that the highest aim of every girl is to be a beautiful princess and that boys should be strong, protective and in control. Due to these unfortunate messages, this is not a film for younger children despite that being the targeted audience. Ideally the film is better suited for use by older students to analyse messages or stereotypes used in movies and media.
The main messages from this movie are to have faith; believe in magic; and do what you must to survive.
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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