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Not suitable under 7; parental guidance to 8 (scary scenes, violence)
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|Children under 7||Not suitable due to scary scenes and violence.|
|Children aged 7–8||Parental guidance recommended due to scary scenes and violence.|
|Children aged 9 and over||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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Wolfwalkers|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild fantasy themes and animated violence, some scary scenes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Set in 1650 in Kilkenny, Ireland, Wolfwalkers tells the story of a young girl, Robyn (voice of Honor Kneasfey), who moves from England to Ireland with her father, Bill Goodfellowe (Sean Bean). Robyn is disliked by the local children and villagers who are under the rule of the authoritarian, Lord Protector (Simon McBurney), and who are kept in the town by a large wall. The wall has been erected to keep the villagers safe from the wolves that are attacking the farmers’ sheep and crops. The farmland has continually encroached further into the forests, the wolves’ traditional home, and Bill’s job is to rid the forests of the wolves.
One day, while out looking for her pet falcon, Merlyn, Robyn meets Mehb (Eva Whittaker), a free-spirited wild child. Robyn soon discovers that Mehb is a wolfwalker, a person who turns into a wolf while asleep, and who has special healing powers. Mehb is waiting for her mother to return and Robyn is determined to help her find her. To do so, Robyn defies her father who has forbidden her to go outside of the walls. This leads to wonderful, new discoveries for Robyn and eventually also her father, who comes to find her, turning the hunter into the hunted.
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.
Supernatural; Mythology; Animal rights; Habitat destruction; Racial and societal differences; Authoritarian societies.
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.
Nothing further noted.
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Wolfwalkers is an animated movie that blends history and Irish mythology into a moving story about the fate of animals at the hands of humans. The contrast between the strict, rigid rule of law and the free-spirited course of nature is very evident. Likely to be enjoyed by families with children aged 9 and above. As the movie is quite intense and scary, it is unsuitable for young children under 7 and parental guidance is recommended for 7 – 8 year olds.
The main messages from this movie are to look after our environment and to care for the creatures that live in it.
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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