Parents' Guide to

If I Were an Animal

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Gentle reality series is charming and family-friendly.

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Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 2+

Condescending Narration

The videos are innocent and cute. Fun and informative like you’re at a virtual zoo. It’s a great show for young viewers. However, the narration is offensive. The little girl plays the ignorant role and the boy has to explain or correct her. It’s obnoxious and offensive even if the roles were reversed. Why can’t they take turns sharing the information and not correcting each other?
age 3+

Cute show, embarrassingly dated narration

My 5 year daughter loves this show. Adorable footage of cute animals in the wild with kid narration is very enticing. But after a few episodes of listening to the all-knowing boy ALWAYS needing to explain things to the ignorant girl, it became unbearable. What a missed opportunity to model gender equality. Very disappointed in Netflix: this is such an easy fix.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (11 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This gentle series is a great opportunity for viewers of all ages to watch different animals grow into adulthood in their natural habitats. As the animals develop and interact with others, If I Were An Animal uses the kids' voiceover to give each animal a name, and to explain what is happening to them in very simple terms. It's not fast-paced or action-packed, but the colorful, live-action footage, coupled with the innocent banter of the siblings, makes it appealing. No doubt that young animal lovers will appreciate the chance to watch and learn more about their favorite species.

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