Nature: Animal Odd Couples

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Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Kid-friendly docu dives into friendship, animal behavior.
  • G
  • 2013
  • 60 minutes

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Educational Value

Teaches about behavior of different animal species and explores friendship and how it affects humans and animals.

Positive Messages

Friendship and compassion are incredibly important for humans and animals; understanding that animals have emotions is important to understanding them and caring for them.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The animal caretakers who have taken in injured or abandoned animals are positive role models.

Violence & Scariness

Frank talk about animals dying, including talk of euthanizing animals and animals who die from natural causes.


Sexy Stuff

One mention of animals' sex drives.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nature: Animal Odd Couples is an episode of PBS's show NatureThis fascinating animal documentary examines interspecies relationships among animals and discusses the true nature of friendship. Although the movie is appropriate for young children, there is some frank talk about animals dying that may not be well suited for sensitive kids.

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What's the story?

Friendship isn't just for humans. The Nature team examines various sets of unlikely animal pairs throughout the world, including a cheetah and a puppy, a dog and a deer, and a horse and a goat. While exploring how these animals interact, the true nature of friendship is discussed and what kind of role it plays in the lives of humans and animals. We hear from experts in the field, such as a scientist studying monkey populations; animal owners throughout the world; and behavioral specialists such as the well-known autistic professor of animal science, Temple Grandin.

Is it any good?

This inspiring documentary gives great insight into the emotional world of animals and humans, while also showing some really adorable animal pairs. Animal lovers will be enthralled by the fierce cheetah playfully tumbling with a puppy and touched by the old goat who leads his blind horse buddy to graze every day. And most viewers will be fascinated by how friendship physically affects animals, an area of science that is just being explored. Sensitive kids may be upset by the death of one animal featured -- though it's not shown on-screen -- and talk of euthanizing animals. And some younger kids may be bored by the amount of scientific discussion or find it's over their heads. But most animal lovers will be able to enjoy this fascinating movie.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendships. Do you think it's necessary to have friends in your life? Why, or why not?

  • Do you have any friends who are very different from you? What makes your friendships work?

  • Do you have any pets? Have you seen your pets befriend other animals?

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For kids who love animals

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