A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Play a part in conservation. Protect the ecosystem of Earth. Care for others in need.
Positive Role Models
Individuals address the importance of conservation, including Clint Eastwood, film director, actor, and conservationist; Jeremiah Poghon, veterinarian for the Kenya Wildlife Service; Paul Hilton, wildlife photographer and conservationist; Panut Hadisiswoyo, founder of Orangutan Information Center, an organization to save orangutans and their rainforest homes; John Salley, NBA star and conservationist; Jane Velez-Mitchell, founder of Jane Unchained News Network; Marc Berman, California State Assembly member involved in the passage of legislation for animal cruelty-free personal care products; Alison Towner, senior white shark biologist; Shawn Heinriches, underwater photographer and conservationist; and Shannon Elizabeth, actor and animal conservationist.
Images include BIPOC and White young and older adults who are actors, filmmakers, conservationists, photographers, and government officials.
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Violence & Scariness
References and images include blood, guns, death, poison arrows, murder, hunting and shooting animals, dead sharks, animal poaching traps, rhino burial sites, enslavement of cows, animals kicked into cages, as well as being beaten and boiled to death, and black market horse meat trade.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References include a pregnant orangutan and animal invitro fertilization.
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Products & Purchases
References and images include cameras, smartphones, laptops, apparel with logos and messages, fundraising for animal habitats, rhino horns sold for medicinal purposes, and animal cruelty-free personal care products.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Images and references include cocaine, narcotics trafficking, and forms of pill and tablet medications.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that What on Earth is a conservation documentary about the coexistence between the planet's human beings and animals. References and images include blood, guns, death, poison arrows, hunting and shooting animals, dead sharks, animal poaching traps, rhino burial sites, animals kicked into cages, narcotics trafficking, and animal in-vitro fertilization. The word "hell" is said. Featured positive messages include playing a part in conservation and caring for others in need. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This eco-friendly film's messages provide incisive food for thought for kids and teens about the planet's future. With its mix of a Hollywood A-lister, scientists, and conservation activists, Why on Earth angles for a high-road approach to topics such as vegan diets and animal endangerment. "I'm an animal person," notes actor, director, and conservationist Clint Eastwood (Cry Macho). "I appreciate the beauty of them. I was just an animal lover when I was a kid. Dogs and cats, and snakes and lizards, whatever I could find." But now, says the Oscar winner, it's pertinent that "we can all enjoy what's on the planet and leave something for somebody else."
Wildlife poaching, however, continues to be a "menace," says Jeremiah Poghon, a Kenya Wildlife Service veterinarian. "The buyers and consumers of these products are doing more harm to the animals than they think. If you protect the ecosystem, you are also protecting your own health. If you destroy the ecosystem, you are also destroying your own health." And adds, Shawn Heinriches, an underwater photographer and conservationist in Mexico, "We need to understand that our future and the future of the natural world are inextricably tied. And that everything that we're doing to hurt the oceans, hurting the nature, hurting the forests, is going to hurt us."
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