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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids will learn tons of interesting facts about animals and habitats across the globe; the series is incredibly educational.
Planet Earth opens viewers' eyes to the wilds of nature and touches on the plight of endangered species and the importance of preserving the planet's resources. It also promotes curiosity and gratitude.
Violence & Scariness
Animals hunt, kill, and eat their prey, sometimes in bloody ways.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Animals' mating rituals/overtures are mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Planet Earth is a flat-out gorgeous high-definition nature series that uses cutting-edge film equipment to capture never-before-seen animal behavior from around the world. Viewers' respect for nature and wildlife will grow with every scene -- with the impulse to protect the world's delicate balance likely to follow. Some scenes show animals hunting and killing their prey (often up close), which might frighten young viewers. But for families with kids old enough to understand basic animal behavior, the series will entertain and educate in a whole new way.
Is It Any Good?
Never before have the world's many wonders been quite as accessible as they are in this stunning nature series. In the filming process, many shots and events were captured on camera for the first time; viewers will marvel at a glimpse of the rare snow leopard (one of only 40 surviving in the wild) hunting in the Himalayas, the blue bird of paradise strutting his stuff to woo a mate, and grizzly bears bringing their newborns out into the light.
Planet Earth also uses flawless time-lapse photography to show climate and seasonal changes -- like a sandstorm in the Sahara Desert or the transformation of parched desert land in Africa into a lush feeding ground for species of all shapes and sizes. Satellite photos of Earth and high-speed cameras that preserve animals' motion round out this truly unprecedented package. Narrated by actress/conservationist Sigourney Weaver, Planet Earth will educate and inspire the whole family. Just take care to explain the basics of animal behavior to young viewers, because some scenes of creatures hunting and killing prey could upset them.
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