Australian Council on Children and the Media

Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

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Not recommended for children under 4, parental guidance from 4 to 8 (Violence and scary scenes)

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
  • a review of Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 27 March 2015.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 4 Not recommended due to violent and scary scenes
Children aged 4 to 8 Parental guidance recommended due to violent and scary scenes
Children aged 8 and over OK for this age group, although it is likely to lack interest for older children.

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: Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
Classification: G
Consumer advice lines: Some scary scenes
Length 76 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Fawn the fairy is fascinated by dangerous animals and she loves to take care of them despite what the other residents of Pixie Hallow say. One day Fawn discovers Gruff the NeverBeast building towers out of rocks. Gruff and Fawn slowly become good friends but when Nyx (the fairy protector of Pixie Hollow) discovers Gruff she decides that he is a danger to their town and he must be captured. Fawn asks her fairy friends for help to convince the town that Gruff is not dangerous. However, it is when a thunderstorm threatens Pixie Hallow that Gruff reveals his true nature.

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.

Natural disasters; cruelty to animals

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 some violence in this movie including:

  • The scout fairies have bows and arrows, swords and other weapons which they use to attack the hawks and capture Gruff.
  • The hawks fly into Pixie Hollow and try to attack and eat the fairies. The fairies capture the baby hawk in a net.
  • The scout fairies chase after Gruff and shoot nightshade dust into his eyes which makes him temporarily blind.

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:

  • The film begins with the sky turning green and a scary looking comet falling from the sky. The beast wakes up in a dark and eerie cave.
  • The hawks fly in and attack Pixie Hollow. All of the fairies are scared and run for their lives. A hawk almost eats Tinkerbell.
  • After hearing a loud roar, Fawn goes to explore in the scary part of the forest and discovers Gruff the beast. At this point in the movie, Gruff is very scary with green eyes, sharp teeth and a loud roar. 
  • When the scout fairies capture Gruff and throw nightshade on him, Fawn starts crying and Gruff looks very sad. This scene may be scary and emotional for young children.
  • A green thunderstorm appears over Pixie Hollow and lightning starts crashing down around the town, causing fires. The fairies run for safety. Gruff is hit by lightning and begins to transform. He grows wings and horns, and he begins glowing green. This transformation scene is quite frightening.
  • Fawn and Gruff try to save the town from the lightning by flying into the sky to try and draw it away from the town. A bright flash of light appears and Gruff and Fawn are seen falling from the sky. This is momentarily scary but the other fairies save them.
  • In parts of the film both Fawn and Tinkerbell are thought to be seriously injured/dead.
  • The film ends with Gruff having to go into hibernation for 1000 years. This is a very emotional ending as all the fairies are crying as they say goodbye to him. Some young children may think Gruff is dying.

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.

Children in this age group may also be scared or 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.

Nothing of concern

Over thirteeninfo

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

Product placement

Nothing of concern in the film, but plenty of associated merchandise

Sexual references

None of concern

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern

Use of substances

None of concern

Coarse language

None of concern

In a nutshell

Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast is an exciting movie about learning to not judge people by their appearances. There are some scary and violent scenes in this film, so it is not recommended for children under 4 and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 5-8 years old.

The main messages from this movie are about following your heart and accepting others for who they are.

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

  • bravery
  • acceptance of others
  • loyalty
  • curiosity

The ending of this film is emotional and may be confronting for younger children. However, this gives parents the opportunity to teach their children that sometimes in life you have to say goodbye to people you love.

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