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Not suitable under 7; parental guidance to 9 (scary scenes and sad themes of death and loss)
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|Children under 7||Not suitable due to scary scenes and sad themes of death and loss (wild animal attacks; death of beloved pet), and to give some historical context.|
|Children aged 7–9||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes and sad themes of death and loss (wild animal attacks; death of beloved pet).|
|Children aged 10 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:||Old Yeller|
|Consumer advice lines:||None specified.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Texas, in the late 1860s: Katie (Dorothy McGuire) and Jim Coates (Fess Parker) run a family farm with their sons Travis (Tommy Kirk) and Arliss (Kevin Corcoran). When Jim has to travel to Kansas to trade cattle, during his absence, 15 year-old Travis adopts the role of ‘the man in the house’, working the cornfield, hunting, and managing other chores around the farm. One day while working the field, Travis encounters a cheeky stray dog, whom he spontaneously names, "Old Yeller". While Travis initially does not trust Old Yeller, his younger brother Arliss, who is yearning for a pet dog, convinces Travis and Katie that he might be a useful cattle and watch dog. Indeed, before long, Old Yeller proves himself worthy, and even saves both Arliss' and Travis' lives on numerous occasions. But just when the family cannot imagine life without Old Yeller anymore, he is attacked by a rabid wolf and the family are confronted with a heart-breaking decision.
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.
Early American settlers; adventure; tearjerker; coming of Age; family; animals and nature; responsibility; friendship; courage.
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.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Nothing further of concern.
Old Yeller is an award-winning Disney Classic packed with valuable and important life lessons. It gives a fascinating insight into the life of American settlers and their everyday and family lives. The story does not shy away from portraying the sad, dark, and scary sides of life but uses the opportunity to deliver messages of how to overcome and grow from those challenges. Some parts of the story and scenes are likely too intense for a young audience, and parental guidance is recommended due to some scary and very sad scenes, and to put the story and events into historical context.
The main messages from this movie are that unfortunately life does not spare us sad, scary, and challenging moments, but when we are confronted with those, it is important to take away useful lessons, to grow, and to remind ourselves of the many positives. Despite the incredible sadness of Travis having to put down his beloved dog, the film compensates the viewer with the many positive role models and important messages, and ends on a positive and hopeful note.
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 the importance of understanding how times, society, culture, and family lives are ever-changing. Parents can discuss with their children in what ways children grew up differently back then, what kind of responsibilities and challenges children and parents were facing then compared to today, and which values remain stable throughout time.
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