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Dave White Profile

Adorable animals. Eating each other! Read full review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    If you've watched the BBC series "Planet Earth," then Earth will seem like a familiar, if stunning, global rewarming.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Although Earth falls short of its potential, it still contains enough glorious photography to please its target audience.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Earth eloquently shows the struggle, life doing what it must to sustain life. The spectacle is stirring.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This super-duper deluxe nature documentary clearly aims to recruit young viewers as conservationists.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 6 & under

Dazzling wildlife docu has a few intense moments.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this stunning nature documentary portrays how animals around the world are born, live, and, yes, die. Although there aren't any grisly shots of predators ripping apart their prey, there are disturbing scenes in which animals are chased and attacked. In a few cases, the predators win; you see them grip their catch with their teeth, but then the scene quickly changes. Other than those possibly upsetting scenes -- plus another in which an animal dies of starvation and exhaustion -- the film is appropriate (and educational) for kids of all ages. It's worth noting that the movie uses footage from the acclaimed TV series Planet Earth, so if you've seen that, you've seen the images included here.

  • Families can talk about the circle of life. Some of the animal death scenes may be upsetting, but they're also part of nature. How do kids feel about seeing some animals attack others? Does it make them feel differently about the predators?
  • Were the animals overly humanized, or was it clear that animals aren'texactly like people?
  • Families can also talk about how the planet'screatures are all interconnected. How does the changing climate in onepart of the world affect animals across the globe?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true3

    Educational value: Kids will learn a lot about the habitat and habits of the featured animals -- and the world in which all of us live.

  • message true3

    Messages: The movie is a strong argument for conservation and taking care of the planet. It doesn't shy away from showing the realities of life in the wild, but it doesn't linger on or exploit the sadder scenes, either.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: The animals' behavior is presented in a way that makes some of theminto positive role models. All of the mothers are incredibly protectiveand loving toward their young. They teach their babies how to navigatethe world, just as human parents do, which will help young viewers (andtheir parents!) relate to the animals. The animals are also toughsurvivors who have to overcome staggering odds each year just to staynourished and alive.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: In several scenes, predators -- a pride of lions, a cheetah, a wolf -- successfully catch and kill other animals, such as an elephant, a caribou calf, and a gazelle. In each case, the camera cuts before anything grisly happens, but the animal's death is obvious and could upset some kids. Another animal dies (on camera) of starvation, and one confused young elephant ends up walking in the opposite direction of his herd, which will clearly lead to his death.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: The mating rituals of a few animals are discussed, and, in one humorous sequence, a male bird of paradise tries to seduce a female by tidying up his habitat and performing a special "song and dance."

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    Language: Not applicable

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable