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Growing Up Wild

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Intimate look at baby wildlife; some violence, peril.

Movie G 2016 77 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

Africa is not a country.

I just don't understand why a nature show is intentionally bolstering Thi misconception to kids. The monkeys are identified as being from Sri lanka The bears even more specifically from Alaska (not even the US). But the cheetahs and lions are from the "wild plains of Africa ". And the chimpanzees are from the "heart of Africa". As a Tanzanian knowing those lions were in East Africa most likely from Tanzania this is just intentionally misleading.
age 8+

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The informative narrative of this film and its beautiful footage provide an unusually intimate look at young animals trying to survive in their habitats. Close-ups of animals in moments of affection with parents are certainly endearing, making this a relatively benign introduction for young children to the subjects of survival and loss in nature. Growing Up Wild focuses on the constant challenges that face young animals and their mothers, including finding food and evading dangers. Cheetahs are stalked by hyenas, predators that eventually kill and eat two of five cheetah cubs. When they're old enough, the cheetahs learn to climb trees, so the next time the hyenas come around they can evade them high in the tree branches. The narration is jaunty and informative but may raise questions. For example, macaques are said to live in complex societies characterized by a "strict social order." The movie announces that what a baby macaque is allowed to eat can be determined by who his mother is. Viewers may want to know exactly what qualifies a macaque as a member of the elite; that information is left unexplained here. Overall, the movie is a great opportunity for kids to learn about how animals live in nature.

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