A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Lots of learning about the lives of bugs and fun facts about the tiny creatures.
Vaguely eco-friendly theme, but there's not a lot of emphasis on bigger picture lessons.
This is a nature documentary, but it's narrated by Awkwafina, who's of Chinese-American and Korean-American descent. Her narration is a departure from the serious male narrator typical to the nature documentary genre.
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Violence & Scariness
Real-life insect aggression shown in this nature documentary (for example: a mantis eating a cockroach's head). It's not particularly gory or gross. There also is bug peril played up for dramatic tension, so there's ominous music and camera angles used to heighten the tension.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief mentions of insects "breeding" without explanation or visuals. Some mild bug innuendo (like a male bug being excited to see female bugs) that will go over many kids' heads.
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The narrator personifies some of the bugs' inner thoughts, some of which are mild insults aimed at other bugs.
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Products & Purchases
Visible logos when bugs are in the human world. Some self-promotion, with the series' name being referential to a Disney movie.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Real Bug's Life is a nature documentary narrated by Awkwafina. While it's not overly gross, it does have some bug hunting and eating scenes. A fair amount of bug peril is played up through the narration, ominous music, and dramatic tension. Brief bug innuendo includes mentions of "breeding," but nothing is shown on-screen. Otherwise, it's a fun, educational look at the lives of some of Earth's tiniest creatures.
Is It Any Good?
A Real Bug's Life is great fun, and kids into science and animals will love it. By giving the tiny creatures inner lives and stories, Awkwafina's funny narration helps make the amazing world of bugs more relatable to kids. Grown-ups may have a small quibble with the series: some of the scenes are shot on film sets instead of in nature. Some scenes are even hyperrealistic animation trying to be passed off as "real." The movie magic is used in service of trying to get kids (and adults) more engaged in learning about bugs, so the truth-bending is probably forgivable. A Real Bug's Life is entertaining and easy to watch, feeling less like homework and more like any other character-focused show in Disney+'s catalog.
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