By Polly Conway,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Docu follows a pride of African lions; some violence.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
A large part of lion life is finding and eating prey, which is often bloody and violent. Lions are shown killing other animals and eating their carcasses.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lions Rule is a documentary about lions. It follows African lions around, capturing footage of their day-to-day lives, including rest, hunting, and mating. The documentary also clarifies that lions aren't actually the "king of the jungle," but in fact king of open grasslands in Africa. Carcasses of prey are shown, as well as lions in heated battle with other animals. The lion cubs are adorable, the adults majestic. It's interesting to hear about how a pride operates, but the real star here, as in many documentaries, is the footage itself, and wild animal fans will enjoy this hour on the grasslands.
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What's the Story?
Lions Rule is a documentary about lions living in the grasslands of Africa. It follows African lions around, capturing footage of their day-to-day lives, including rest, hunting, and mating. The documentary also clarifies that lions aren't actually the "king of the jungle," but in fact king of open land. The narrator offers play-by-plays of fights, both real and play (lions need to practice to stay on top!), as well as lots of facts.
Is It Any Good?
The lion cubs are adorable, and it It's interesting to hear about how a pride operates, but the real star here, as in many documentaries, is the footage itself. Infrared cameras capture night-time wildebeast ambushes and practice fights among cubs, and while it's a little slow-moving between fights, fans who like watching wild creatures and seeing different parts of the world will appreciate this slice of lion life.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about wild animals. What can "regular people" do to help keep endangered animals safe? Are there any animals that are close to your heart? Why do you like them?
What is a pride of lions? How are they similar to human communities? How are they different?
- On DVD or streaming: August 26, 2020
- Studio: Doclights
- Genre: Documentary
- Run time: 50 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- Last updated: February 28, 2022
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