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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 11 (violence, scary scenes, themes)
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|Children under 8||Not suitable due to violence, themes and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 8–11||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, themes and scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 11||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:||Sea Beast, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild violence, themes, fantasy themes and scary scenes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
History books say that during the ‘Dark Times’, sea monsters came right up on land and plucked women from their gardens. Though they have been hunted to the brink of extinction, the sea creatures have learned to fight back and there is one in particular that keeps evading capture: the legendary, Red Bluster (aka 'Red'). Captain Crow (voice of Jared Harris), a famous monster hunter, has his heart set on avenging himself against the creature that took his eye and he will stop at nothing to prove himself to the King and Queen who have grown tired of paying the hunters for their services and, instead, have raised a navy to attack the sea creatures. As Captain Crow and his crew set out in their final search of ‘Red’, Jacob (voice of Karl Urban), the future captain of ‘The Inevitable’ and adopted son of Captain Crow, discovers Maisie (voice of Zaris-Angel Hator), an orphaned stowaway who wants to hunt sea monsters herself. Maisie knows the history books almost by heart and has the ability to see things that others do not. It is Maisie who discovers that not everything is as it appears and that her heroes might actually be wrong. When ‘Red’ saves her life, an unlikely friendship is formed but will it be enough to save them all or to change the course of history?
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.
Monster hunting; Cruelty to animals; Loss of family; The complications of war; The harmful power of inaccurate information masquerading as history.
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 nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Sea Beast is an animated adventure featuring a diverse cast and an interesting storyline that will give viewers a lot to think about and discuss. Due to the themes and violence, this is not a film for young children but one that can be enjoyed by slightly older kids and tweens.
The main messages from this movie are that just because something is written down and widely accepted, it doesn’t make it true; and that we should fight against injustice and stand up for what is right, even if we are the only one standing.
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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