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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 10 (violence, themes, scary scenes)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to violence, themes and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 8–10||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 10||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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Raya and the Last Dragon|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy themes and animated violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Once there was a land called Kumandra where people lived happily, guarded by magical dragons who brought water, prosperity and peace. That is until a plague of evil creatures called Druuns arrived, bringing with them nothing but death and destruction, turning all life to ash and stone. As the last dragons made a valiant stance to save what remained of humanity, their combined power wiped out the Druuns, but when the smoke cleared, all the dragons were gone and nothing was left save a magical gem and the legend of a lone dragon. In fear, the people split up the land, drawing borders and boundaries. As the years passed, mistrust and animosity grew and the gem had to be hidden away. After the passing of centuries, a kind-hearted King dreams of reuniting the lands and invites all the nations to reconcile and form Kumandra again. His young daughter, Raya, trained as a warrior princess, strikes up a friendship with a girl named Namaari from another kingdom but her trust is soon betrayed. She watches in horror as her beloved father is shot and the gem she has sworn to protect is broken into pieces which releases the evil Druuns once again. As each nation takes a piece of the gem and flees, Raya’s father entrusts his daughter with their piece, entreats her to unite the kingdoms and flings her into the river just as he himself is turned to stone. Raya spends the next six years searching for the legendary lone dragon and is, at last, able to locate and reanimate the infamous Sisu who has been sleeping for centuries. Together they set off to find the other pieces of the gem, vanquish the Druun and save all those who’ve been turned to stone.
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.
Grief; Loss of kingdom; Loss of family; Loss of humanity; Children being separated from parents; Death; Betrayal; Revenge; Mistrust.
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.
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:
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 further of concern.
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
Raya and the Last Dragon is an animated, Disney, adventure and an epic tale of good versus evil. The graphics are excellent, the plot is fast paced and even though the story is full of darkness, it is interwoven with such hope and humour that despair never gets a chance to take hold. Somehow all things seem possible. That being said, due to violence, themes and scary scenes, the film will be best enjoyed by older children and adults.
The main messages from this movie are that as much as humanity is capable of great evil, it is also capable of great good. If we can overcome prejudice and misunderstanding to come together as one family then we have a greater power than any dragon ever did. We have the power to conquer fear and hate and to change all our darkness into light.
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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