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Though its intent isn’t to teach in the traditional sense, this story inspires viewers to look at the Earth and its natural wonders with increased respect and to consider their role in preserving it.
Viewers see everything in the natural world from the magnitude of the solar system to the depths of the oceans from Finn’s point of view, and the result it awe-inspiring. Though it makes Finn feel small in a sense, it also reminds him of the important role he can play in protecting and maintaining Earth. Additionally the story involves a positive representation of family as Finn and his parents enjoy their time together learning and experiencing nature.
Positive Role Models
As much as Finn’s desire to learn directs the characters’ experiences, his parents’ eagerness to encourage their son’s curiosity communicates to him that his needs and wants are important. Together the family members make new discoveries and affirm their emotional connections through their shared experiences.
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This movie is inspired by the children’s book of the same name by Oliver Jeffers.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth is a short movie narrated by Meryl Streep and inspired by the children's book of the same name by Oliver Jeffers that illustrates Earth's natural wonders. The story evolves through the perspective of a curious young boy out on an adventure with his parents to celebrate Earth Day. When they wind up in a museum, the exhibits draw them into amazing explorations of the planet's wonders. The story encourages viewers' respect for the Earth and its natural diversity, hinting at conservation and similar issues. Additionally, the movie celebrates the relationships that exist in a family and the role of parents as their children's first and best teachers. 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 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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