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Parents' Guide to

Expedition China

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Gentle docu about how crews capture footage of rare animals.

Movie G 2017 79 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Beautifully adorable

The film crew did a really great job!! The animals were just adorable. And everything was caught beautifully and thoroughly.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This film seems to be a compilation of unused footage from Disney's entertaining Born in China nature documentary, and bravo for putting the images to good use. Interviews with the animal experts and photographers who made difficult treks to capture rare footage, as well as Maggie Q's clear narration, serve to explain the ins and outs of nature photography in extreme conditions. Disneynature: Expedition China's candid look at the harsh conditions and other challenges such work poses may help encourage kids to learn more about endangered species and, perhaps, to pursue the important work shown here.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: January 1, 2017
  • Cast: Maggie Q
  • Director: Ben Wallis
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Asian actors
  • Studio: Disneynature
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Character Strengths: Perseverance
  • Run time: 79 minutes
  • MPAA rating: G
  • Last updated: February 18, 2023

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