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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Viewers will learn a whole lot about the lemurs of Madagascar: the various kinds of lemurs, their habitats, which ones are endangered, their sizes and characteristics, and what makes them and the land of Madagascar so special. They'll also learn how they're organized into societies and how the females rule and the males defend.
The documentary stresses the importance of Madagascar's biodiversity and keeping lemurs safe from extinction. It also discusses humans' role in the destruction of the lemur habitat, but with a gentle touch and emphasis on what's being done to preserve the land.
Positive Role Models
Dr. Patricia Wright is a world-renowned primatologist, anthropologist, and conservationist. Her commitment to saving and studying the lemurs is inspiring. She has dedicated her life to studying lemurs and educating others about their importance.
Violence & Scariness
Unlike comparable documentaries, there isn't much violence in this documentary. There's references to how many lemurs have died over the years, but nothing frightening or notable. Some scenes of wildfires burning out of control and potentially threatening lemurs and their habitat.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief discussions about finding "mates," but nothing specific about sex.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a 40-minute IMAX film about the unique biodiversity of the island of Madagascar, particularly the lemurs. Although there's references to certain lemurs being endangered, there's no violence -- except some potentially threatening wildfires -- to scare off younger viewers. Despite the brevity of the documentary, audiences of all ages will learn a great deal about lemurs and their importance to Madagascar and the world. This is a great family-friendly nature film to see while at a museum or any theater with an IMAX screen. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With sweeping vistas of the Madgascar landscape, close-ups of the many lemurs, and educational narration, this is an IMAX film the whole family can enjoy. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar follows various kinds of lemurs, sharing information about why they're important or endangered or just plain adorable. Kids will love finding out that the tiny mouse lemur is the teeniest primate and that the indri is considered part of a Madagascar creation story.
At this point in his career, Freeman could narrate Wikipedia pages and make them sound fascinating. But unlike March of the Penguins, this documentary doesn't focus solely on the animals or anthropomorphize them into human-like characters in a relatable feel-good story. The filmmakers also include interviews with lemur expert Dr. Patricia Wright, who explains why the lemurs of Madagascar are unlike any other animal on Earth. Her love of the animals is infectious and makes you see why lemurs are so much more than just the "move it, move it" singers in Madagascar.
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