Under the Sea 3D

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Stunning vision of the beautiful -- and fragile -- ocean.
  • G
  • 2009
  • 40 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Paints a clear picture of a complex issue for children by offering a gently cautionary look at the effects of climate change and global warming, with references to specific endangered sea creatures.

Violence & Scariness

Although big fish eat little fish and turtles eat jellyfish, the filmmakers don't dwell on the cruel or gory aspects of nature.

Sexy Stuff

Only as it apples to the mating and reproduction of cuttlefish.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Under the Sea 3D is an Imax nature documentary. The filmmakers have minimized the predator-prey relationships: Even though there's vivid evidence of the food chain at work, those few scenes are presented gently, as part of a natural process. Similarly, the mating behavior that's shown is treated with simple respect. It's worth noting that since the experience of watching a 3D movie brings images very close to your eyes, small children may need some introduction to the concept before watching.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byerinmidwife December 10, 2015

Disappointing and short attention span paced

We don't watch many movies and I picked a few shorter nature flicks for my kiddos (5,8) while they were sick. There was nothing objectionable here. There... Continue reading
Adult Written byJEDI micah September 5, 2012

Jim Carrey is a good narrator!

I saw this movie in an IMAX theater at a science museum in Toronto, Ontario, and it was truly breathtaking! The giant screen was all over us, which means there... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 3, 2010


Kid, 10 years old June 29, 2009
This is awesome!

What's the story?

In UNDER THE SEA 3D, filmmaker Howard Hall journeys southward to Papua, New Guinea, The Great Barrier Reef of Australia, and the waters of the Coral Triangle. His subject is the ocean and the miraculous, vibrant creatures beneath its surface. The narrator (a superbly calm Jim Carrey) and the camera follow the drama of countless living things, all engaged in the extraordinary drama of self defense and self preservation.

Is it any good?

This is a special film with stunning footage that must have been very hard to come by and is delivered with great respect and care. From the astonishing scenes of waving fields of garden eels to the dazzling beauty of the nearly extinct leafy sea dragons and on to the playful antics of endearing sea lions, frame after frame of this lovely film will impress even the youngest audience members with its panoramic view of nature's magic and the interdependence of our planet's inhabitants. The good news for parents is that the movie is a 40-minute delight, perfect for the the short attention spans of most children; the bad news for everyone who falls under its spell is that it's only 40 minutes long. This film is highly recommended for viewers of all ages.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the variety and beauty of our natural surroundings. What does Under the Sea 3D say about our responsibility to our planet? What can we do, at any age, to respect and protect the other living things with which we share the earth?

  • Kids: What creatures most amazed you? Did it surprise you when one species worked together with another so that both would be better off? How could that have meaning in your own life?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love nature

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