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The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Stunning tale of annual migration -- predators included.

Movie G 2010 78 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Be ready to explain the circle of life

This is a great documentary. We watched it with our 4.5 year old and he was very upset when the baby birds are eaten (understandably so, me too). I would say that 4 is too young. Maybe 10? Either way, be ready to explain the circle of life to your child and understand that it is upsetting to watch, even for adults.
age 10+

Traumatizing for nature loving kids

Unlike many other Disney nature documentaries, this one doesn't anthropomorphize the flamingoes. This is an adult documentary with a slow-moving pace. My kids - 6 and 3 - were sobbing hysterically 30 minutes in at the gruesome deaths of the baby flamingoes. We turned it off after the death scene kept on, and on, and on...

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

The pace and understated narration of this film may not hold the interest of the youngest kids, but the visual beauty should delight older children and adults. Flamingos are elegant, graceful birds; their yearly adventure is wondrous and set in a unique, rarely seen environment. In keeping with the nature of their subject, the filmmakers have captured the story in an elegant, graceful way. However, unlike the beloved documentary March of the Penguins, with its amusing birds and Morgan Freeman's clever voice-over, this film is serious, unhurried, and devoid of humor.

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