Parents' Guide to

Life on Our Planet

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Spielberg-produced CGI-heavy nature docu is brutal.

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age 6+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 4+

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I really like how it provides a logical start for the existence of life. It took so long for that magic to bring us to where we are today, but that magic was there from the start and could not be explained better than the man himself, Nelson Mandela. While it’s hard to comprehend the cosmos and the chaos of the universe and our galaxy, it makes way more sense when breaking it down to the major events that made our planet what it was and is. But I’m the long run, mammals prevailed.
age 7+

Great for some family couch time

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4 ):
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Jurassic Park meets David Attenborough in this sweeping, CGI-riddled attempt at a history of Earth's evolution. Earth is a battlefield in Life on Our Planet (executive produced by Steven Spielberg), and the big losers are those who are interested in watching a nature documentary, rather than the CGI dramas that unfold here.

Is it cheating to marry computer-generated images with those of the natural world and package it as history? How can the viewer know what is actual and what is made up? The magic of movies like Jurassic Park lies in the fiction that feels like reality. This series tries to make reality into fiction, blurring lines of documentary integrity. Sensitive viewers can skip this one -- there are more glorious nature documentaries out there. Parents might want to point out that there are fictional representations of nature, as well as opinions about the principles of the natural world, at play in this show.

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