Amazing Animal Videos
By Andrea Graham,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Animals' tales are fun for the whole family.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Encourages a love of animals.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that each episode of this very kid-friendly nature program includes a collection of short videos about animals with unique stories. Most of the featured animals are in captivity, which might prompt questions about animal/human safety and owning exotic animals.
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What's the Story?
AMAZING ANIMAL VIDEOS is a collection of short clips that tell the stories of both domestic animals and wild creatures raised or cared for in captivity. Some videos are funny and homemade; others are short, touching documentaries about unique animals and their owners. For example, one story centered on a sickly young cow that was raised by its farmer owners inside their house and, as a result, became fast friends with the family dogs.
Is It Any Good?
At its best, Amazing Animal Videos teaches kids to appreciate and be kind to animals. On the downside, the show romanticizes the idea of owning exotic animals -- so parents should remind their kids about the dangers of interacting with wild animals. Overall, this is a great show for young animal enthusiasts because it encourages both curiosity and appreciation for animals and might inspire them to take an active role in preserving our environment and protecting the animal kindgom. And even though it's clearly intended for younger viewers, its charming stories and sometimes laugh-out-loud-funny clips can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about animals raised/cared for in captivity. Why are some animals raised by humans instead of in the wild? What responsibilities do their caretakers have? What safety precautions should you take when handling or encountering wild animals? How can you make a difference in animal preservation?
- Premiere date: June 1, 2001
- Cast: Aileen Avery
- Network: Animal Planet
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Wild Animals
- TV rating: TV-G
- Last updated: February 28, 2022
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