A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Teaches about animals all over the world, emphasizing their feeding cycles and how they avoid becoming other animals' food. Also shows their unique habits (e.g., how sperm whales sleep straight up and down) and close-up views of surprising moments (e.g., sloths swimming, giraffes fighting). May give kids increased appreciation for several other species.
Describes the importance of protecting ecosystems and the planet in general. Situations show the strength of families in the animal kingdom.
Positive Role Models
Animal families stand up for each other; animal parents nurture and protect children.
Violence & Scariness
Some animal-on-animal violence: Giraffes fight, snakes pursue baby iguanas (catching one), sharks feed, that sort of thing. Frequent theme of danger. Peril includes a baby zebra at risk of being washed away by a current.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Earth: One Amazing Day is a nature documentary that offers rare, close-up glimpses at the lives of animals all over the world. It's generally family-friendly, but you can expect some animal-on-animal violence and natural-world peril. The scene that might disturb young/sensitive viewers the most involves just-hatched iguanas being pursued by groups of snakes (one is caught and eaten). There are a few additional fighting and hunter-and-hunted scenarios, but they're less graphic. Other scenes show animals in danger, such as a baby zebra almost getting washed away by a current. But there's no language, sex, or substance use, and the movie offers a clear message about the importance of protecting ecosystems and the planet in general. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The art and technology of nature documentaries keep moving forward, as this beautifully filmed family-friendly entry proves. Though its unifying concept is thin (essentially, a glimpse at the lives of many animals around the world during one day), the incredible cinematography and rare captured moments should make it a rewarding experience for most. Earth: One Amazing Day offers many surprises, such as giraffes fighting and a sloth swimming. There are sperm whales sleeping vertically and hummingbirds warring with bees. Bioluminescent worms fashion nocturnal traps in caves. There are also moments of peril that might disturb the youngest and most sensitive of viewers, such as when just-hatched iguanas are pursued by hungry snakes, or when a baby zebra is in danger of being washed away by a current. But generally, it's family friendly, with plenty of views of cute beasts that might have kids looking googly-eyed at stuffed animals for a while.
Redford's English-language narration is generally functional, with a fair amount of repetition -- especially about how danger lurks here and there. The concept isn't that deep, but it's easy to see that the movie has its heart in the right place, occasionally reminding us of the preciousness and uniqueness of these creatures and their habitats. And you forgive the clichéd use of music in exchange for the rarity and intimacy of the images. Earth: One Amazing Day, at its best moments, does actually amaze.
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