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Not suitable under 5, parental guidance under 7 (animated violence and some scary scenes)
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|Children under 5||Not suitable due to animated violence and some scary scenes.|
|Children under 7||Parental guidance is recommended due to animated violence and some scary scenes.|
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:||Toy Story 4|
|Consumer advice lines:||Some scenes may scare very young children.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
After their former owner goes off to college, Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and the gang find themselves with a new kid called Bonnie (voiced by Madeleine McGraw) who loves them dearly. Bonnie has a shaky start to her first day of school, but Woody is there to help her and he sees firsthand how much her craft creation called Forky (voiced by Tony Hale) means to her. When the family heads off on a road trip, Woody dedicates himself to safeguarding Forky who still believes he is a piece of trash and keeps trying to throw himself away. When Forky falls out the window, Woody goes after him. On their way back to the camp site, Woody and Forky find their way into an antique shop where they are pursued by an antique doll Gabby Gabby (voiced by Christina Hendricks) and her numerous vintage ventriloquist henchmen. Woody is given to a little girl while Forky is taken hostage. When Woody fails to return at the appointed hour, Buzz (voiced by Tim Allen) sets off to find him while Jessie (voiced by Joan Cusack) and the others hang back with Bonnie who is devastated at Forky’s disappearance. Meanwhile Woody encounters his long lost friend Bo Peep (voiced by Annie Potts) who, with the help of Buzz and some new friends, agrees to help them rescue Forky from Gabby Gabby. When their plan backfires the characters are all forced to face what is most important, whether it be family, friendship, adventure or belonging and they soon come to realize that they can each make a difference no matter what path they choose.
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.
Abandonment, finding your identity, separation between friends, hurtful rejections and the somewhat dangerous notion that if you fix what is wrong with you will find love or acceptance.
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.
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:
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.
It is unlikely that children over the age of thirteen would be frightened by this film.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Toy Story 4 is an animated adventure, rumoured to be the final instalment in the widely popular Toy Story series. As a family movie, it will likely appeal to younger audiences and fans of the earlier films.
The main messages from this movie are to listen to your inner voice, to be there to care and comfort others and to find your purpose in life, whatever that may be.
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 the importance of being open-minded (one person’s trash is another’s treasure or toy) and the importance of being the best version of yourself regardless of what anyone else may think.
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