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Not recommended under 11; parental guidance recommended 11-13 due to themes, coarse language and violence.
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|Children under 11||Not recommended due to themes, coarse language and violence|
|Children aged 11-13||Parental guidance recommended due to themes, coarse language and violence|
|Children aged 13 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:||Son of Bigfoot|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes, animated violence and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Thirteen-year-old Adam (voice of Pappy Faulkner) is a loner who is the target of bullies and is described by school officials as having “mid-level acquaintance deficiency”. He has certain wildness about him, and lately strange things have been happening to him. Adam’s feet spontaneously grow, causing his toes to pop out of the ends of his shoes, his has super-hearing, and his hair, when cut, regrows overnight to be long and unruly in the morning.
Adam’s life takes an unexpected turn when he discovers letters hidden by his mother and written by his supposedly dead father. Upset that his father’s death was a lie and determined to find him, Adam runs off to the address on the letters which leads to a forest. In the forest a near fatal accident results in Adam being rescued by Bigfoot, who turns out to be Adam’s father (voice of Christopher L. Parson). Bigfoot faked his own death in order to escape the giant corporation HairCo and has been hiding out in the forest ever since.
Reunited Adam and his father form a relationship and Adam learns how to use his new powers. Their happy time together turns into a rescue mission when the people at HairCo discover that Bigfoot is still alive.
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.
Bigfoot legends; bullying; genetic experiments; superpowers
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.
The film contains physical violence, some of which has a comical intent, but also school bullying and harassment, gun-related violence, and intimidation. 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 group may be also scared by some of 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 group may be also scared 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.
Nothing of concern
None of concern
A scene depicts a pregnant raccoon with an extended stomach and there is a discussion about the suspected sex of the soon-to-be-born racoons.
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains some coarse language and name-calling that younger children may imitate scattered throughout. Examples include:
Son of Bigfoot is an animated comedy with a simple story line and lots of action. It is likely to be particularly enjoyed by a young male tween and teen audience although some of the themes are more suited to a slightly older audience. Because of these themes, violence and coarse language the film is not recommended for children under 11.
The main messages from this movie are:
Parents may also wish to discuss the behaviour of the bullies depicted in the film, the way that the school deals with this behaviour and the lack of real consequences..
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