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The Angry Birds Movie 2

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Not recommended under 5; parental guidance ages 5-7 (Violence, some scary scenes, sexual references)

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  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for The Angry Birds Movie 2
  • a review of The Angry Birds Movie 2 completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 11 September 2019.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 5 Not recommended due to violence, some scary scenes and sexual references
Children aged 5–7 Parental guidance recommended due to violence, some scary scenes and sexual references
Children aged 8 and over Suitable for this age group

About the movie

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: The Angry Birds Movie 2
Classification: PG
Consumer advice lines: Mild crude humour and coarse language
Length 98 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Wanting to maintain his hero status, Red (voice of Jason Sudeikis) is keen to agitate the wars between Bird Island and Piggy Island. Red and his friends, Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb (Danny McBride) need to protect their island from piggy pranks. Leonard (Bill Hader) leads his piggy friends in the constant bombardment of objects dropped onto Bird Island. However, when a new threat emerges in the form of Zeta (Leslie Jones), an unhinged, psychotic female eagle intent on destroying both Bird and Piggy Island, Leonard and Red must form a truce to fight together.

Eagle Island is a frozen volcano and, with the aid of her eagle soldiers, Zeta invents a frozen ice ball, filled with volcanic lava, that can be shot out of a super weapon to set both Bird and Piggy Islands on fire. Red and Leonard form a small band of warriors and together with the intellectual guidance of Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom), devise a plan to destroy the super weapon. In the process Red learns some important lessons.

Themesinfo

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.

Single parenting; Warfare

Use of violenceinfo

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 quite a lot of violence in this movie including:

  • The birds and pigs are constantly getting hit, falling down, crashing into objects, etc.
  • A bouncy castle bursts, hurtling the baby birds out.
  • The pigs drop a load of crabs onto Bird Island
  • Red punches Leonard in the face, kicks him and ties him up with rope.
  • A huge frozen ball lands on Bird Island, destroying a building. The birds scatter everywhere and the eagles all laugh at their distress.
  • One of the large eagle guards gets knocked out and loses some teeth.
  • The super weapon explodes on Eagle Island which then all starts to collapse.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

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:

  • Zeta keeps a large bird imprisoned between two ice blocks. She also keeps a puppy dog which is trapped inside an ice block.
  • Zeta is a large purple, maniacal bird who appears scary at times.
  • One of the fledgling birds cries because she’s lost her mother’s eggs. She wonders how she’ll ever get her unborn sisters back.
  • Ethan, the Mighty Eagle, remembers back to when he and Zeta were engaged. They were on a boat and had an accident. Both are seen in hospital with bandages and crutches.
  • The Eagle guards are large and scary looking. They are armed with spears.
  • Red and Silver are seen trapped in an ice ball.
  • Zeta thinks her daughter Debbie is dead and starts to cry. She appears dead but comes alive.
  • The fledglings fly up into space to save some eggs and when they re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere they start to burn up, however, they aren’t hurt.
  • Leonard must pass along a narrow path. He burns his backside in the process.

Aged five to eightinfo

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:

  • Some younger children in this age group could be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

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.

In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:

  • It turns out that Ethan had jilted Zeta at the altar. Zeta went on to raise their daughter Debbie on her own which had made her an embittered person. Ethan apparently wasn’t ready to ‘mate for life’ but was unaware he had a daughter.

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in this movie:

  • None noticed

Sexual references

There are some sexual references in this movie, including:

  • Chuck and Bomb arrange for Red to go speed dating. It’s mating season and one of the female birds performs a mating dance for Red. Red meets Silver at the speed dating but they don’t hit it off.
  • Leonard is shown wearing a G-string. Three pigs are later shown in spandex.
  • Red and Silver hug.

Nudity and sexual activity

There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:

  • None noted

Use of substances

There is some use of substances in this movie, including:

  • There is some drinking in a pub, at a wedding and Red and Silver share a bottle of cider.

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this movie, including:

  • Oh poop
  • Freaking
  • Total loser
  • Oh my Gosh

In a nutshell

The Angry Birds Movie 2 is an animated comedy that will appeal to Angry Birds fans. It does have some adult concepts however, and a lot of slapstick violence. It is therefore not recommended for under 5’s and parental guidance is recommended for 5–7 year olds.

The main messages from this movie are that ‘we are strongest when we band together’ and that actions create consequences.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Teamwork
  • Friendship
  • Humility
  • Strong female characters

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:

  • Breaking commitments can have lifelong consequences.

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