A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There's a wealth of educational information about wolverines and the cold forests in which they live. For example, the wolverine's poor eyesight is made up for by other factors like large feet (which allow the meerkat to walk well across snow) and thick, oily fur that prevents water from making the wolverines too cold during the winter. In addition, old Algonquin stories treat the wolverine as a kind of Noah, pulling a giant boat filled with all different species to safety after a large flood (the wolverine has a larger-than-life personality in many folkloric tales).
The wider natural world has some fascinating aspects to it, and it's worthwhile to gain a larger perspective incorporating the animals and plants living out there. In addition, it's important for everybody to focus on lessening the disastrous effects that climate change has both on the world and on wolverines' melting habitats.
Positive Role Models
There aren't any human characters in the documentary, so there aren't any positive role models.
There aren't any human characters in the documentary, so there aren't any diverse representations.
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Violence & Scariness
There isn't any human violence shown or discussed in the documentary whatsoever, but there's some rather graphic violence owing to the fact that the wolverine is a rather violent predator. There are some scenes of a wolverine dragging a mangled and long dead bird carcass across the snow, wolverines starting to bite into a dead moose that had emerged out of being buried underneath a thick layer of snow for several months, and one moment of slight peril when a young bear cub spends a night high up in a tree to avoid prowling wolverines at the tree's bottom. These scenes may be uncomfortable for any particularly sensitive viewers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Short discussion of wolverines' mating habits, such as that wolverines stay mating partners for life, but nothing graphic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wild Wolverine is a nature documentary that uses video and audio footage of one wolverine family's daily habits in order to educate the viewer on the various aspects of wolverines' daily habits and lifestyle in general. Wolverines are vicious predators, however, and the documentary contains a rather large amount of low-level animal violence and gore, including shots of wolverines dragging mangled birds through the snow and of wolverines digging into and eating a deer carcass uncovered by melting snow. While these shots might be uncomfortable for some especially sensitive kids, there's no human violence shown or discussed whatsoever. In the end, Wild Wolverine provides an aesthetically and intellectually engaging into the life of a predator whose small size somehow doesn't lessen its outsized ferocity. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Wild Wolverine adheres well to both its title and its existence as a Curiositystream nature documentary. It provides a wealth of narrated educatioal information and well-shot audiovisual footage about the small but fierce wolverines of the northern tundras and forests. The footage is extensive, covering not only wolverines but also an array of moose, bears, deer, and foxes who also play large roles in the life and daily habits of a wolverine.
Because the footage is all shot in one unnamed area of frozen forest, it doesn't pack quite as much emotional power as other Curiositystream nature documentaries. In addition, there are some strange technical aspects such as an unexplained foray into the life of a family of bears and music that doesn't fit the emotional undercurrent of whatever's happening on screen (e.g. a wolverine dragging around a dead bird is scored with an oddly mysterious chime). These bizarre technical elements, in addition to the common idea that nature documentaries might be boring for viewers who aren't already interested in biology/ecology, make Wild Wolverine into a watch that is worthwhile for its subject matter but also somewhat forgettable.
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