A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Tons of educational content about specific insects and their behavior. From bee colonies to scorpions -- the life cycles and activities of insects are filmed with great care. This is an educational show that embraces a sense of fun and adventure.
Get out in the world and explore. Make your own adventures. Learning can be fun. There are many fascinating creatures all around us. Nature is complex and a source of inspiration. Get excited about the world around you. Work hard. Don't give up. Have a good attitude when challenges arise. Be curious.
Positive Role Models
There's only one human in this show to speak of, and he's a risk-taking, high-energy nature filmmaker who does a lot of his own shooting and research. His enthusiasm and sense of fun are inspirational.
The host is a White man in his 20s, and he films insects -- not a lot of cultural or ethnic diversity in this show. He does, however, avoid exclusively using the male pronoun for the insects he films. There are plenty of "she's" in the insect kingdom, and he acknowledges this.
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Violence & Scariness
Insects fight and may even kill each other, but the host doesn't say they murder or kill, rather they are "taken down."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that DeBugged is an action-packed educational show about insects. The host is Alex Jones, a White guy in his 20s, who hops in his truck and drives to remote places to track and film bugs. Much of the footage of himself is done selfie-style, which lends a DIY quality to the filmmaking. When he sets up shots of insects and their burrows, habitats, or hives, the footage is very detailed. Graphic, up-close views of bug life cycles include some gross-out moments that could prove challenging for squeamish viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This action-packed science show engages viewers with the addition of movie music and visual effects. In DeBugged, nature filmmaker Alex Jones is ready for anything. His rugged appearance and fearless demeanor are complemented by his filmmaking skills and a passion for insects. Kids will enjoy desert bug battle scenes that bring to mind Hans Solo's struggle with the vortex-like desert creature in Return of the Jedi. Adults will be impressed by the up-close camera work and interesting facts.
There is one fly in the ointment, however. Sometimes the script hasn't been proofed for proper grammar, which might cause some viewers to cringe. Kids who love bugs won't notice, though, because the interesting narratives, enhanced visuals, and rich musical score are sure to entertain.
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