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Not recommended under 8, PG to 10 due to violence and disturbing scenes.
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|Name of movie:||Star Wars - The Clone Wars|
|Consumer advice lines:||Animated violence|
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This animated film fits in the three year period between two earlier Star Wars films: Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The start of the film sees Obi-Wan Kenobi (voice of James Arnold Taylor) and Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) battling the droid armies of Separatists, lead by Count Dooku (Christopher Lee). The Separatists are gaining control as the clone armies of the Republic dwindle. We learn that Jabba the Hutt’s (Kevin Michael Richardson) baby son Rotta the Hutt has been kidnapped by a group of renegades and that Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin have been given the mission of rescuing Rotta and returning him safely to Jabba. The return of Jabba’s son will win the Republic the Hutt’s favour, which the Republic needs to defeat the Separatists. Before the pair departs, Anakin is given the responsibility of an apprentice, a feisty young girl named Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Drane), who is to go with Anakin and Obi-Wan on their mission to rescue Jabba’s son.
Obi-Wan, Anakin and Ahsoka travel to a planet where they believe the renegades are holding little Rotta, but are closely followed by a group of Count Dooku’s henchmen, lead by Dooku’s ruthless Jedi assassin Asajj Ventress (Nika Futterman). Ventress is also attempting to rescue and return Jabba’s son in an attempt to gain the Hutt’s favour for the Separatists.
When Count Dooku informs Jabba the Hutt that the Jedi have killed his son, Jabba also sends his own henchmen to hunt them down, thus ensuring a number of epic battles before the film reaches its conclusion.
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.
Intergalactic war; abduction of a baby
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.
Animated battle scene violence is depicted throughout the film with lots of explosions and destruction. Most of the film’s fight and battle scenes occur between robot droids and cloned humans where droids and clones are injured or destroyed. Blood and gore are not shown, but we do hear some clones crying out when injured. Fights between hero figures are stylised, with lots of leaps, tumbles, somersaults and flips. Examples include:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
The animated figures in this film have a wooden appearance, making them less life-like to older children. However, younger children may view the characters as real. 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 some of the above-mentioned images
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 images
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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
None of concern
None of concern
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
Star Wars: The Clone Wars contains infrequent, very mild coarse language and some mild putdowns, for example:
Star Wars - The Clone Wars is an animated science fiction fantasy that targets a younger audience. The film’s plot is very straight forward, making it easy for younger children to comprehend. Older children may be unimpressed with the film’s wooden animation style.
The main messages from this movie are that:
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as Anakin’s arrogant attitude and behaviour.
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