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Not suitable under 6; parental guidance to 9 (violence, themes, scary scenes)
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|Children under 6||Not suitable due to themes, violence and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 6–9||Parental guidance recommended due to themes, violence and scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 9||Ok for this age group, though may lack interest.|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Pinocchio: A True Story|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
When Geppetto (voice of Tom Kenny), a kind hearted woodcarver, creates a wooden boy so he won’t feel lonely, a fairy secretly brings the boy to life as a way of thanking Geppetto for his help. Geppetto names the wooden boy, Pinocchio (voice of Pauly Shore), and calls him his son. They lead a quiet and secluded life in the woods; Pinocchio learns to ride Geppetto’s horse, Tibalt (voice of Jon Heder), and to perform daring stunts in their pasture; and he dreams of going out and seeing the world for himself but is told that the world is not ready to meet him yet. When police officers come snooping around the house looking for thieves that have been robbing townsfolk, Geppetto gets Pinocchio to hide. While Pinocchio and Tibalt are out they come across Bella (voice of Liza Klimova), a young girl in distress. Her horse had been startled and is heading straight for a cliff but Bella, being trapped inside the carriage, is unaware until Pinocchio comes to her aid and saves her life. Bella’s father, Mr. Mangiafuoco (voice of Bernard Jacobsen), owns a circus and invites Pinocchio to join them in their travels and promises to make him a star. Reluctantly, Geppetto lets Pinocchio and Tibalt go with the promise that they will return soon but Mr. Mangiafuoco has other plans and is determined to capitalise on Pinocchio’s talent, no matter what the cost.
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.
Crime; Dispersion of family; The price of fame; Deceit and betrayal.
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Pinocchio: A True Story is an animated, musical adventure. While the film has vibrant graphics, it also has a predictable plot and a cumbersome dialogue that adults and older children may find difficult to endure. The film will most likely be enjoyed by younger children (with parental guidance from 6-9) or general fans of the Pinocchio tale.
The main messages from this movie are that there are no obstacles you cannot overcome; and that the magic to transform our lives will always come from within.
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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