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Animal Armageddon

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fascinating, sometimes intense tour of Earth's history.

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If you think ancient geology and fossilized biology are about as interesting as, well, a box of rocks, then you've never experienced anything like this impressive series. Even if you can't recall a single fact from high school science class, you'll emerge from each hour-long episode with a general idea of Earth's make-up, its prominent inhabitants, and the theories behind the monumental disasters that threatened life's survival at various turning points in the planet's history. The series' CGI literally brings the ancient past to life, giving viewers an amazing visual image of life long ago.

That said, there's good reason to save Animal Armageddon for after the youngest kids are in bed. Voice-over narration repeatedly refers to impending doom (terms like "blasting the atmosphere apart" and "burns them to death" are tossed around lightly, and an entire episode explores possible future extinctions) in tones that could frighten kids who can't grasp the timeline to which it refers. The inherent speculation that exists in the show's content -- which is based on sometimes controversial theories -- could also be confusing for kids, so save this eye-opening series for tweens and teens who can put the series' potentially troubling elements in context.

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