Australian Council on Children and the Media

Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue

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Parental guidance to 4 (mild themes). May lack interest over 6.

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  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue
  • a review of Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 8 October 2019.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 4 Parental guidance recommended due to themes.
Children aged 4 and over Ok for this age group but may lack interest for children over 6

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: Ready, Race, Rescue
Classification: G
Consumer advice lines: Very mild themes
Length 44 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

All the Paw Patrol pups, especially Marshall, are very excited when a car race featuring The Whoosh comes to Adventure Bay. The pups are cheering for The Whoosh to win but Mayor Humdinger’s cousin, the cheating Cheetah, has other plans. Determined to win the trophy by any means possible the Cheetah stoops to all kinds of dirty tricks to ensure she wins the race. After The Whoosh injures his elbow, Marshall steps in to drive on his behalf but he is no match for the Cheetah’s tricks. When a tie is declared and a new race set, despite feeling inadequate, Marshall again agrees to drive for The Whoosh but the Cheetah and Mayor Humdinger will stop at nothing to come in first. When The Whoosh is abducted and the other race cars stolen it is up to the pups to save the day and for Marshall to prove you do not need to cheat in order to win.

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, loss of confidence, cheating and sabotage.

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:

  • Through a variety of mean tricks, the Cheetah repeatedly sabotages other race cars and their drivers by sticking their wheels to the pavement, damaging tires, stealing parts, and causing drivers to be unable to see, lose control of their vehicles, and occasionally crash.
  • In the process of stealing a race car the Cheetah knocks into a man on a ladder. The man holds on to the roof of a silo for dear life as a fire rages beneath him. Despite damages and occasional injuries, the Cheetah never faces consequences for her actions.
  • The Cheetah purposefully knocks into a large statue that nearly crushes a monkey queen.

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:

  • Nothing of additional concern.

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 will be scared or disturbed by this movie.

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.

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:

  • Nothing of additional concern.

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in this movie:

  • There were no products noted in this movie, however, a lot of merchandise based on the characters is available both in stores and on-line.

Sexual references

  • None noted.

Nudity and sexual activity

  • None noted.

Use of substances

  • None noted.

Coarse language

  • None noted.

In a nutshell

Paw Patrol: Ready, Race, Rescue is a colourful, animated adventure featuring characters from the popular television series Paw Patrol. The plot is very predictable and the movie will be largely enjoyed by young audiences.

The main messages from this movie are to believe in yourself, to keep trying and to help others whenever you can.

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

  • Helpfulness
  • Courage
  • Persistence
  • Kindness
  • Hopefulness

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 and the impact this can have on others.
  • Cheating to get what you want.
  • Purposefully trying to sabotage or destroy things with complete disregard for the property or safety of those around you.

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