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|Children under 6||Suitable for this age group, however, parents may want to give historical context, for example in regard to smoking which was an acceptable social norm in the 1940s and the associated risks were not well-known.|
|Children aged 6 and over||Ok for this age group though please note above recommendation.|
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:||Reluctant Dragon, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||The content is very mild in impact.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
California, 1941, Robert Benchley (as himself; note: Robert Benchley was a well-known American humourist at the time) finally gives in to his wife's nagging to pitch a movie idea to Walt Disney: the children's story of The Reluctant Dragon. While she is convinced that it is a great story and opportunity, Benchley is worried he will make a fool of himself. At the Walt Disney Studios, on the way to his meeting with Walt, Benchley meets studio artist Doris (Francis Gifford) who takes him on a fascinating tour of the Walt Disney Studios. Benchley visits a drawing class where students learn the art of animation; he witnesses a film score and voice recording scene, where he meets Clarence Nash – who gave Donald Duck his voice; joins a sound effect session; and learns how thousands of hand-drawn and coloured images are created, put together, and turned into an animated film. When Benchley finally meets Walt Disney (as himself) and is about to propose his pitch, he is invited to watch a short film that has just been finalised – only to realise that someone else had the same idea because what he sees turns out to be the story of The Reluctant Dragon.
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.
Glimpse behind the scenes; understanding how things are made; old-school animation; Disney characters.
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.
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
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 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 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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The Reluctant Dragon is an impressive testimony of the early days of animated films and Walt Disney's pioneering work which formed the foundation of all modern animation. Children and adults alike are likely to be impressed seeing the incredible amount of work and attention to detail it took to produce an animated film long before the invention of computers. Viewers get an educational as well as entertaining insight into the different steps involved, from sketching a storyline, hand-drawing and colouring each single frame, to the creation of sound effects, voice-overs, and soundtracks. The animated sections, in particular the titular "The Reluctant Dragon", are adorable and funny. Parents may want to give some historical and cultural context, highlighting that this film was made nearly 80 years ago.
The main messages from this movie are that it is worth looking behind the scenes in order to understand and appreciate the incredible effort taken. The featured animated short film "The Reluctant Dragon" has its own message which is that one should not judge a book by its cover – in this case for example assuming that a dragon is a vicious, violent, destructive beast because this particular specimen turns out to be a shy, gentle, and poetry-loving creature.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
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