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Meet the Marsupials

By Davis Ryan Cook, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fact-packed nature docu has some animal peril.

Movie NR 2020 50 minutes
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As Meet the Marsupials takes its viewer on a wild ride throughout the intricate and interconnected world of many different marsupial species and the various species (e.g. carpet pythons) associated with them, the documentary offers up a fifty-minute gem that is both intellectually enriching and aesthetically gorgeous. Beyond the comprehensive detail about the lives of, say, tree-kangaroos (who spend their first year of life without ever having touched the ground), Meet the Marsupials has some shots that really boggle the viewer's mind. Two examples of shots that make the viewer say "How did they catch this on camera?" are of a sugar glider marsupial gliding over and straight towards the camera, and of a just recently born wombat in a deep and dense underground network of wombat tunnels. They are something to behold even if the audio is on mute.

The only demerit to the documentary is that, because of its lack of overarching plot, it might struggle to hold the attention of young viewers who aren't already interested in the subject matter. It goes for a more list-like structure, offering up a collection of facts and shots that become comprehensive by the end of the documentary but don't flow very naturally together. In the end, this is another intellectually enriching and aesthetically gorgeous offering from the Curiositystream nature documentary makers.

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