Parents' Guide to

Oceans

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Gorgeous educational docu dives deep for facts; kids OK.

Movie G 2010 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 4+

Beautifully made movie. Watch it with your kids.

We watched this for the 1st time as a family on Blu-ray. We watched it with our 6 year old, 4 year old and 20 month old. After reading the reviews, we talked with the kids before we watched it. We asked them what do animals eat...answer "other animals". We told them that the movie might show animals eating each other and if they wanted us to we could fast forward at those parts or they could close their eyes or leave the room. From the moment it started, they loved it. Full of questions and captivated. Our 4 year old boy, loved every minute of it. Our 6 year old girl closed her eyes for a few parts (her little brother let her know when it was safe again). The little one was busy playing, but got excited about some of the fish and the polar bear otherwise she ignored it. I could see where some young children would have issues with it, but it is real life and well portrayed so as not to be in your face with the animals that were eaten. Many of the animated movies are much more graphic in their portrayals. The one part that bothered me was the commercial fishing portion with animals trapped in nets. It is the only part with any blood in the water and it shows blood and the silhouettes of people. The kids were distracted during this part and missed it. You need to make a judgement call as a parent with this one and watch it with them the first time or 2. Otherwise, we all loved it.
age 8+

A beautiful film for tweens

We just watched this this weekend. An AMAZINGLY magical film- my oldest was riveted (my youngest who's 5 1/2 wasn't interested, though) Some of the scenes with pollution and illegal fishing (maiming) are a bit brutal- but I think the message is an important one for kids 8 yrs and above and will hopefully motivate them to take action

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (11 ):

Disney's OCEANS is beautifully photographed and expertly narrated by actor Pierce Brosnan. It inspires audiences to think about their impact on the Earth's waters without clobbering them over the head with the admirable message. How does it do that? By letting one gorgeous image after another -- taken with the help of the latest and greatest in documentary filmmaking technology -- speak for itself. (You'll wonder how they got certain shots, they're that close!) Take the case of the sea turtles, who are shown digging their way out of the sand, only to face a perilous time traversing the shore back to the ocean. As hundreds inch their way, flocks of sea gulls fly overhead, swooping in to pluck a meal. Or of the blue whale, opening its mouth to collect serenely but surely its meal of krill. The message: It's a fish-eat-fish world out there, so to speak.

But Darwinian selection is one thing; endangering natural habitats is altogether an entirely unappetizing enterprise. And the subtlety and restraint with which Oceans addresses this issue is what elevates it from mere afterschool special. It builds a case by simpy revealing the splendor of it all, then raises questions by showing how capable humans are of destroying so much that is beautiful and vital to the planet. How subtle, how effective! Still, there's little narrative momentum, and some may actually think its message too subtle; the effects of pollution don't come up until approximately the last fifth of the film. That said, there's plenty to marvel at, though younger kids (six and under) might find it overlong at an hour and 40 minutes. Everyone else, though, can sit back and enjoy the underwater ride.

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