Not suitable under 5; parental guidance to 6 (violence and frightening scenes)
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|Children under 5||Not suitable due to violence and frightening scenes.|
|Children aged 5–6||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and frightening scenes.|
|Children over the age of 6||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:||Muppet Movie, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||None|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
When Kermit the Frog (voiced by Jim Henson) runs into a Hollywood movie agent (Dom DeLuise) while singing in a swamp, it sparks dreams of becoming a Hollywood star! In search of an audition, Kermit journeys across the country picking up new Muppet friends along the way. Meanwhile, dastardly restaurant owner Doc Hopper (Charles Durning) chases Kermit and his friends in the hopes of exploiting Kermit’s talents for singing, dancing, and making jokes, to help the restaurant market its specialty, ‘fried frog legs’.
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.
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
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 Muppet Movie is a classic children’s film, featuring beloved Muppet favourites including Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, the Great Gonzo, and Beaker. While released in 1979 and potentially dated in some of the references (e.g., Hare Krishna) and celebrity guests (e.g., Richard Pryor and Orson Welles), this film is a fun, funny, sing-along journey that children are likely to still find entertaining. While not suitable for children under 5, this film is likely to appeal to families with children aged 6 and above, with parental guidance for ages 5-6 (due to some potentially frightening scenes).
The main message from this movie is that you should not only follow your own dreams, but help others to follow theirs – working together helps everyone achieve their goals.
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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