Animal Atlas: Animal Mysteries

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Collection from TV series is fast-paced, educational.
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 70 minutes

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Educational Value

This series discusses and demonstrates the survival and adaptation skills of a wide variety of animals. Kids will hear more information than most can process, but the super curious can watch again and get more each time.

Positive Messages

This series promotes the importance of species preservation, and holds out hope that the animals shown will thrive for decades and centuries to come. Informing kids about animals helps them gain a better understanding of the world around them.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The narrator provides lots of interesting information.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Animal Atlas: Animal Mysteries is a compiliation of three episodes from the award-winning television series that will provide loads of information perfect for curious kids ages 7-10. Younger kids can ignore most of the audio and enjoy the fascinating visuals.

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What's the story?

ANIMAL ATLAS: ANIMAL MYSTERIES is a collection of three episodes from the award-winning television series. The colors of the animals, their legs and feet, and their survival and adaptation skills are discussed in detail while animals frolic onscreen either in what appears to be their habitats, or in zoo settings. Meercats, polar bears, rhinoceruses, and penguins -- among many others -- are shown and talked about here. At the end of each episode is a montage of animals combined with silly voices and sound effects matching their onscreen behavior.

Is it any good?

For kids ages six and younger who love animals of all varieties, Animal Atlas: Animal Mysteries is a visual feast. Animals frolic, run, chase, swim, and make faces. For kids a bit older who love animals of all varieties, this collection also includes fast-paced narration that explains why animals look and behave the way they do in the wild.

Most parents probably haven't received this much information about animals since cramming for the final exam in science class. Complex scientific theory is mentioned in passing quite often. While this isn't a bad thing, it can be difficult to keep up, even for adults.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the animals shown in these episodes. Name the animals. What was your favorite animal and why?

  • What are some things you learned about these animals that you didn't know before watching this?

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