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Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Charming book adaptation inspires awe for Earth's wonders.

Movie G 2020 36 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 2+

Short and Sweet

It is super sweet. I think it is never too early to introduce earth appreciation and this is as sweet as it gets.
age 6+

Outstanding animation and story line

I look forward to watching it over and over. It is calm and not fast paced, and even at that, my 6 year old son was transfixed for the entire 40 minutes. We both were. The animation is beyond and the story is moving, without being sappy.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (9 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This charming story is a joyful way for families to honor the planet's many gifts on Earth Day especially, but its messages resonate year round. In Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, we first meet Finn as a newborn fresh home from the hospital, as his father begins his instruction about the world and Finn's place in it. Fast forward seven years, and an insatiably curious Finn continues to be a sponge for knowledge, flanked by his parents who encourage his desire to learn. Their adventures together remind viewers of the simple joys of being together and learning new things.

Here We Are is filled with basic truths: the oceans are deep, the sky is expansive, the human body is miraculous, and nature's wonders are endless. Without hitting you over the head with preachy messages, the story inspires respect for the planet's fragility and humans' role in preserving and protecting it, all the way down to 7-year-old Finn's self. As viewers receive the lesson through Finn's wide eyes and childlike innocence, it takes on a fresh and personal meaning that really hits home.

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