Rabbit Academy: Mission Eggpossible

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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 10 (language, themes, violence)

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Rabbit Academy: Mission Eggpossible
  • a review of Rabbit Academy: Mission Eggpossible completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 12 April 2022.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 8 Not suitable due to language, themes and violence.
Children aged 8–10 Parental guidance recommended due to language, themes and violence.
Children over the age of 10 Ok for this age group.

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: Rabbit Academy: Mission Eggpossible
Classification: PG
Consumer advice lines: Mild sense of peril and coarse language
Length: 76 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Students of the Rabbit Academy eagerly await news of who will be chosen to become Master Rabbits. When the golden egg finally reveals that one of the chosen is a city rabbit named Max (voice of Callum Maloney), not everyone is happy. Emmy (voice of Lucy Carolan), however, couldn’t be more pleased and can hardly wait until she can see her friend again. Meanwhile, in the city, Max defends a small rabbit who is being bullied by Leo (voice of Cameron Simpson), a nasty, selfish, self-made media sensation. When Max accidentally destroys the stage for Leo’s next social media broadcast, and ‘borrows’ his bike, Leo vows revenge and follows Max to the countryside. Here, Leo falls into league with a dysfunctional family of foxes who want nothing more than to outsmart the rabbits and become ‘Easter foxes’, beloved by all. Leo, on the other hand, wants to sabotage Easter and destroy all the eggs the Rabbit Academy has been preparing. When Ferdinand (voice of Jonas Elkhawad), the cleverest and kindest of the foxes, learns what Leo is really planning his family won’t believe him, so he heads to The Rabbit Academy to offer his services to help save the holiday. But will they be able to trust him and will working together be enough to save Easter?

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.

Dysfunctional family environments; The loss of magical power; Revenge; Bullying; Betrayal; Selfishness.

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:

  • Leo grabs a little girl bunny by the ears and violently threatens her for blowing bubbles during his video clip.
  • Max takes Leo’s bike and rides it through his stunt set-up. He accidentally destroys the set-up before riding off with the bike.
  • Foxes chase Max and Emmy through the woods, threatening to eat them. They are closing in until one hits his head on a tree and the other crashes into a door.
  • The foxes capture Leo and attempt to cook him before he tricks them into following his plan.
  • Max drives a motorcycle on to the roof of the Rabbit Academy and then both he and the bike fall off the roof and crash to the ground.
  • A cave-in crushes an egg and destroys the machine that moves the eggs down the mountain.
  • An instructor, Max and Emmy fight the foxes. There is kicking, punching and pushing before the foxes escape down a hole.
  • A rock falls onto the instructor’s leg and injures it during the cave-in. Emmy and Max escape just in time.
  • A story is told about how when Leo was at the Rabbit Academy that he left a classmate in a trap in the woods and abandoned him there. The classmate was found just before the foxes closed in on him.
  • A chicken’s eggs are thrown off a mountain (to her horror) in order to test a machine that is being used to try to save Easter.
  • A flying plunger hits Leo in the face.
  • Max rigs a catapult to aim paint at the foxes and Leo who are climbing the mountain to try to steal the eggs.
  • Emmy and the foxes fall off the mountain and land in a heap on the forest floor.
  • Emmy is kidnapped and held hostage. The rabbits are told that if they do anything to retaliate, “their little friend will be fox fodder”.
  • Ferdinand and Max pick up a large log, and throw it at Ferdinand’s brothers, trapping them in their house.
  • One of the foxes is hit with a stick.
  • The rabbits try to knock Leo off the flying drone he is using to try to steal and smash the eggs, and crush the golden egg.

A fox picks up a young rabbit and everyone turns on him, ready to chase him down and attack.

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.

  • Nothing further of 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.

  • Nothing further of concern.

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

  • None noted.

Sexual references

  • None noted.

Nudity and sexual activity

  • None noted.

Use of substances

  • None noted.

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this movie, including:

  • Bad ass.
  • Dummy Bunny
  • Crap
  • Idiot(s)
  • Dim wit
  • Darn it!
  • Pest.

In a nutshell

Rabbit Academy: Mission Eggpossible is an animated adventure with bright, colourful graphics and a largely predictable plot. The storyline and animation style lends itself to a younger audience but the language and name calling is surprising in such a film as it is largely inappropriate for younger viewers.

The main messages from this movie are that trust and unity will give you and your community a strength you never knew you had and a power you never dreamed you could possess.

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

  • Teamwork
  • Compassion
  • Helpfulness
  • Hope
  • Creativity
  • Forgiveness.

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

  • Seeking revenge and betraying others.
  • Judging others based on outer differences instead of on who they are.
  • Using social media in negative ways.
  • Taking what doesn’t belong to you.
  • Bullying and the negative ramifications these terrible behaviours can have.