Not recommended under 6; parental guidance recommended 6-8 (Scary scenes)
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|Children under 6||Not recommended due to scary scenes.|
|Children aged 6 to 8||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes|
|Children 8 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:||Planes: Fire and Rescue|
|Consumer advice lines:||Some scary scenes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
The film opens with Dusty Crophopper (voice of Dane Cook) winning races all over the world and showing off his flawless flying skills. Dusty returns to his home town of Propwash Junction where the entire town’s population is getting ready for the annual Corn Fest.
Disaster strikes when Dusty’s gearbox malfunctions and is cannot be repaired, resulting in the end of his racing career. Unfortunately, Dusty’s failing gearbox causes him to crash into the airport’s hangar which explodes into flames. And when the airport’s aging fire-truck Mayday (voice of Hal Holbrook) fails to extinguish the fire, the hangar burns to the ground. The airport is closed until Mayday can be upgraded and the airport can find a second fire-fighter, jeopardising the town’s Corn Fest.
To solve the problem, Dusty volunteers to become a fire-fighter and departs for Piston Peak National Park where an old friend of Mayday’s, a helicopter named Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) is the chief of the Park’s Air Attack Fire Fighting team. Dusty is soon in the air learning how to fight fires but a massive fire heads towards the Park’s new tourist lodge. When the fire threatens the lives of hundreds of guests, it’s up to Dusty and the fire-fighting team of Piston Peak to work together and come to the rescue.
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.
Fire-fighting and rescue; ageing and death; friendship; self-sacrifice and 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 no deliberate character to character violence of concern. However, there are many intense scenes of crashes and fires, and main characters in peril and being injured. (see below under Material that may scare or disturb children)
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
There are many 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be scared by some of the scenes described above.
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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
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 of concern
None of concern in the film, although plenty of suggestions of real brands. There is also plenty of associated merchandise being marketed to children.
The film contains low-level sexual innuendo. Examples include:
One scene depicting a restaurant-like setting with bottles of oil sitting on dinner tables instead of alcohol.
Some name calling such as:
There is also occasional toilet humour. Examples include:
Planes: Fire and rescue is a sequel to Planes. It is a Disney animated adventure comedy, targeting primary school aged children and younger teens, but with some innuendo aimed at adults. The story is entertaining and the characters engaging, so the film will easily entertain its target audience. It also contains some sound positive messages. However the action is at times too intense for children under 6 who may find some scenes very scary, and parental guidance is recommended for the 6-8 age group.
The main messages from this movie are:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Parents may also wish to discuss the qualities that real-life rescue workers display when they put themselves at risk for people they have never met, and why they would want to place themselves at risk for people they don’t know.
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