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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The purpose of the documentary is to educate, so it’s filled with many fascinating facts from beginning to end about the different daily lives and evolutionary paths of all different species of flightless birds around the world. For example, the penguins in the Galapagos can reach speeds of up to 35 kilometers per hour underwater, most flightless bird males do the most work in raising their species's young, and adult ostriches weigh about three times more than adult cheetahs.
A respect for nature and the environment is promoted.
Violence & Scariness
There's one moment of slight peril (a dingo chases a flock of emus in the Australian bush) and some shots of birds eating and digging into insects, but there's no graphic violence shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's some talk of the various flightless birds’ mating rituals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that These Birds Were Made for Walking is a half-hour-long TV nature documentary about the daily lives and evolutionary paths of the various flightless birds around the planet, including ostriches, cassowaries, cormorants, penguins, and cranes, and rheas. These animals are shown interacting with their beautiful and panoramic environments in a variety of closeups, wide shots, slow motion, and more great uses of camera and sound, which makes the documentary a good superficial experience in addition to being pack full with information that should be interesting especially for kids who already interested in biology and/or ecology. There's some talk of the various flightless birds’ mating rituals but no graphic animal sex and no human sex shown. Lastly, there's one moment of slight peril (a dingo chases a flock of emus in the Australian bush) and some shots of birds eating and digging into insects, but there's no human or too graphic violence shown. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
These Birds Were Made for Walking constructs a half hour filled with beautiful camerawork, quippy dialogue, biology, history, ecology, and more. Like other Curiositystream documentaries, it maintains beautiful camerawork and lush, world-immersing sounds to bring the viewer out into the world of some other species that the viewer might not have even known about yet. Explaining facts like how the separation of the supercontinent Pangea into smaller continents gave way to divergent evolution among the flightless ratite bird, the documentary accounts for a comprehensive and intellectually stimulating collection of enriching sights and sounds.
The usual problem with nature documentaries like this one is that it might be simply not interesting for many possible viewers unless those viewers are already interested in biology and/or ecology. The same holds true for These Birds Were Made for Walking, although the wealth of humor and beautiful production and educational information that it packs into a half hour should hold viewers' attentions better than other nature documentaries.
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