Parents all over the UK have been expressing their outrage today after the UK Board of Movie Age Rating (UKBMAR) confirmed that Disney’s upcoming Finding Dory has been given a 15 certificate – the decision means that millions of families will be unable to visit the cinema to watch the Pixar animation when it is released on July 29th. According to a spokesperson for UKBMAR, they were forced into making this decision after a campaigner from Southend took action over ‘scenes of underwater danger’ and plot lines that could lead to ‘uncomfortable’ questioning from children who are aware that they have been adopted.
Sally Nani-Statto runs the All Family Foundation in Southend On Sea, and she told Southend News Network that she was delighted that her campaign had been a success. She said: ‘Like all members of the UK’s professional campaigning sector, I was given a preview copy of Finding Dory in May, and it was clear that action needed to be taken to protect British children from the scenes of underwater danger that can be seen throughout the movie. A child could leave the cinema with a permanent fear of swimming, and this will lead to disastrous consequences in adulthood.’
She added: ‘I also found that the theme of adoption could lead to difficult questions being asked by children who are aware that they have been adopted. It’s all very well seeing Dory have a happy ending when she finds her own birth parents, but the scenes could encourage adopted children to ask awkward questions of their own. While a minority of people would suggest that adopting parents could use the movie to have an open, honest and sensible conversation with their own children and make the decision for themselves, my campaign group believed that applying a 15 certificate would be far more appropriate – I am pleased that UKBMAR has seen sense on this occasion.’
Basildon mum Chloe Scrattitt was planning to take her children Boris (6) and Shanique (4) to see the movie, and she admitted that she was devastated when she heard the news. She said: ‘I am very upset by what has happened, but I can understand why we need to protect our kids. I remember seeing The Lion King in the cinema when I was younger and I cried for months afterwards when I found out that lions can’t talk.’