Not recommended under 7, PG to 10 (Violence and disturbing scenes)
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|Children under 7||Not recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children aged 7-10||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes|
|Children 10 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:||Rise of the Guardians|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Rise of the Guardians opens with a teenage boy floating up through water and breaking through the surface of an ice covered lake. The boy’s name is Jack Frost (voice by Chris Pine), or so the Man in the Moon told him. Jack himself doesn’t have any memories about who he is, where he came from, what his purpose is and why no one can see him. For more than 300 years Jack has been using his magic crook to create snow storms, freeze lakes and window panes and generally create winter fun for children throughout the world. Now darkness in the form of the Boogieman, Pitch Black (Jude Law) has re-entered the world after a long absence. Pitch turns the dreams of the world’s children into nightmares filled with fear and darkness.
For centuries it has been the role of the Guardians, who consist of Father Christmas (voiced by Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (voiced by Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (voiced by Isla Fisher), and the Sandman to protect the children of the world, give them hope and dreams, and keep them safe from Pitch. Unfortunately Pitch has grow too strong for the Guardians to defeat and the Man in the Moon tells them that the only one capable of defeating Pitch is the seemingly irresponsible and selfish Jack Frost. The Guardians enlist the help of a rather reluctant Frost by promising to return the memories from his past life, an offer Jack can’t refuse.
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.
Fantasy characters, magic, nightmares, good versus evil
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.
Rise of the Guardians contains some animated action violence, which at times becomes intense, some scenes of people in peril, and occasional reckless behaviour. Examples include:
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.
Children in this age group may also be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
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.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes
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.
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There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
Rise of the Guardians contains some low-level coarse language and putdowns that children may imitate. Examples include:
Rise of the Guardians is an animated fantasy adventure suited to older children, adolescents and adults. The film’s plot is inventive and entertaining, with a great cast and animation. The film’s characters are funny and unusual, but the film does contain both scenes and a main villain that are likely to scare under sevens, and may also scare some children up to the age of ten.
The main messages from this movie are:
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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