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Bug City's Amazing Insect Warriors

By Amy Kulcak, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

This educational video fails to take flight.

Movie NR 1998 25 minutes
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Expect to dive right into the insect world and learn about the amazing -- and often ferocious -- qualities of its residents. If you're able to get past the boring personae of hosts Christina Ricci and Bugsy Seagull, then great! They were probably hired for the job in order to appeal to the kiddie population. Instead, they have the exact opposite effect. Luckily, Dr. Art Evans's knowledge and obvious enthusiasm keep up the video's stamina. He also narrates the insect footage, providing neat information.

Wonderful facts and footage about army ants, spitting spiders, ladybugs, spiny walking sticks, and the beloved arachnids (spiders!) make this video exceptional. Still, it's a lecture-type film -- nothing but the facts! Missing in action is the all-important interaction and connection with young viewers. Hints of potential experiments or clues to independent study are absent. In addition, animation needs to be used to show how humans picked up ideas from insect warfare. Simply put, the video does not make the audience think.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 1, 1998
  • On DVD or streaming: January 1, 1998
  • Cast: Christina Ricci
  • Director: David Yarnell
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Schlessinger Media
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 25 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • MPAA explanation: not rated
  • Last updated: September 19, 2019

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