Parents' Guide to

Pandas

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Educational doc about scientists training pandas to go wild.

Movie G 2018 45 minutes
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Bell narrates this sweet, educational nature documentary about a conservationist teaching a clever little panda how to survive in the wild. Pandas, particularly panda cubs, are pretty irresistible; for that matter, so is Bell. A known animal lover with an evocative speaking voice, she's especially suited to this film, which chronicles how Chinese and American conservationists worked together to train panda cubs to become capable of living on their own beyond the borders of the research facility's preserve. It's touching to see the Chinese and American bear specialists exchange information for the betterment of panda kind.

Owens takes on a parent-like role as he spends years building trust with panda cub Qian Qian and preparing her for eventual release into the wild. The movie will tug at viewers' heartstrings, particularly for parents who can relate to raising and then releasing children into the world. When Qian Qian goes beyond the borders of the research base into the mountains, audiences will cheer, just as they'll feel tense when the panda's GPS tracker alerts Owens and the rest of the scientists that she hasn't moved in quite a while. For a brief moment, even adults will wonder whether Qian Qian has survived -- but rest assured, this is a happy, feel-good story.

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