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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Educates kids about four different ocean habitats and about the fragility of life on our planet.
Stresses significance of preserving the delicate ecological balance. That balance is crucial to the health of our planet. "The Ocean survive without us, but we cannot survive without the ocean." Urges awareness of what humankind can due to save existing ecosystems and restore dying ones.
Positive Role Models
The filmmaking team is committed to inspiring audiences to value nature. They are adventurous, brave, and confident.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wonders of the Sea is a documentary that captures some of Earth's most wondrous creatures in extraordinarily intimate detail. Members of historic ocean-going family the Cousteaus, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger, narrate the film, which covers four different ocean habitats. Significant messages about the fragility of life on our planet underscore the majesty of the footage. The narration is kid friendly, and while the 102-minute running time may be too much for the littlest viewers, it's thoroughly recommended for family viewing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The magnificence of the oceans' creatures and the awe-inspiring intricacies of their behavior are beautifully displayed in this documentary designed to enlighten and inspire, especially young viewers. The narration is sometimes off-putting, but that doesn't lessen the impact of the photography and the underlying messages. Cousteau and company are hoping that viewers of Wonders of the Sea will "fall in love with nature" and be moved to share concern for its survival. First released on one night in limited theaters from Fathom Events in January 2019, the movie's DVD and streaming release is a welcome pleasure.
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