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Not suitable under 6; parental guidance to 7 (violence, scary scenes)
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|Children under 6||Not suitable due to violence and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 6–7||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Scarygirl|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild science fiction themes, some scenes may scare young children|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Arkie (voice of Jillian Nguyen) is a twelve-year-old girl who lives on a peninsula with her adopted dad Blister (Rob Collins), an octopus. Their environment is constantly being robbed of sunlight due to the nefarious experiments of Dr Maybee (Sam Neil), who lives in a large, futuristic city full of light. Maybee runs the city as a supposedly benevolent ruler who only wants to give his citizens a better life.
Blister has restorative powers that Maybee wants to harness to recreate his lost daughter. He orders the Keeper (Anna Torv) to search the planet to find Blister. The Keeper, in turn, orders Chihoohoo (Tim Minchin) to use his cronies to scour the planet. Chihoohoo eventually spots Blister and captures him. Arkie now has to leave her familiar environment and venture into the big city to find and rescue Blister. She does this with the aid of Bunniguru (Remy Hill) and his companion, Egg (Kate Murphy). Along the way, Arkie discovers the truth of who she is.
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.
Science Fiction; Despotic rulers; Adopted families.
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.
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Scarygirl is an animated, Australian, steampunk movie set in a dystopian future. The movie is based on the original character, by Australian author-illustrator Nathan Jurevicius, from which vinyl toys, graphic novels, video games, and now this film have emerged. In the movie, Arkie is not a scary girl at all, in fact, she is kind, adventurous and courageous. The movie is visually stunning in places as it moves from darkness to light, comparing the world of machines, cogs and wheels, to a world of natural beauty. However, the story is somewhat convoluted, which young children are likely to find hard to follow. Several scenes are also visually scary and, therefore, not suitable for children under 6 and parental guidance is recommended for children ages 6 to 7.
The main messages from this movie are that ‘there is always something you can do to make the world a better place’; and to persevere at tasks that are difficult.
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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