Australian Council on Children and the Media

Paw Patrol: Jet to the Rescue

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Parental guidance to 3 (mild themes and scenes). May lack interest over 7.

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Paw Patrol: Jet to the Rescue
  • a review of Paw Patrol: Jet to the Rescue completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 14 September 2020.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 3 Parental guidance recommended due to mild themes and some scenes.
Children aged 3-5 Best suited for this age group.
Children aged 5–7 Ok for this age group.
Children over the age of 7 Ok for this age group but may lack interest.

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.

Name of movie: Paw Patrol: Jet to the Rescue
Classification: G
Consumer advice lines: Very mild themes
Length 56 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

When Ryder and the pups are invited to Barkingburg Castle for the Princess’ birthday they are excited to meet her and give her a surprise gift but all eyes are on the precious Gem of Barkingburg that had been bequeathed to the Princess earlier in the evening. The Duke of Flappington, who claims to be a distant cousin, is welcomed to the party but he soon shows his true intentions by conspiring with the selfish pup Sweetie to steal the gem for himself. Trying to thwart the theft, Ryder and most of the pups find themselves prisoners in a remote storage chamber deep within the Castle. Skye and two others manage to avoid being captured but are locked outside and unable to contact Ryder. Meanwhile, the Duke is using the gem to create a magic sceptre of sorts to make his own kingdom in the clouds. It is up to Skye, Ryder and the rest of the pups to save the Princess and all of Barkingburg before it is too late.

Themesinfo

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.

Selfishness and greed; Facing your fears; Good versus evil.

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:

  • Sweetie and Duke fight over the Gem.
  • The pups fall through a trap door and into an old storage room. They land on mattresses.
  • Sweetie tries to capture the pups in a cage but it crashes down and misses them.
  • Duke nearly drops a clock tower on the Castle.
  • Two of the pups are caught by a mechanical bird and held in their talons until they manage to get away.

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:

  • The Duke sends a bunch of drone birds out to chase Skye. They have glowing eyes and pursue her but she is fine.

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.

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:

  • It is unlikely that children over the age of five would be frightened by this film.

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

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.

  • Nothing further of concern.

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in this movie:

  • No products were noted in the film however there is Paw Patrol merchandise available to purchase both on-line and in store.

Sexual references

  • None noted.

Nudity and sexual activity

  • None noted.

Use of substances

  • None noted.

Coarse language

  • None noted.

In a nutshell

Paw Patrol: Jet to the Rescue is an animated adventure aimed a preschool audience. The plot and dialogue are predictable and repetitive but the young viewers at which it is aimed will enjoy the characters and their quest to help everyone they encounter.

The main messages from this movie are to always show kindness to others and to always believe in yourself.

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

  • Teamwork
  • Helpfulness
  • Compassion
  • Forgiveness
  • Positivity.

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

  • Taking what doesn’t belong to you.
  • Imprisoning others for your own gain.
  • Excessive greed.
  • Indifference to the needs of others and jeopardising people’s safety.

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