Be the Creature

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Andrea Graham, Common Sense Media
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Close encounters aren't for the faint-hearted.

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Positive Messages

The Kratt brothers demonstrate the importance of preserving nature and the animal kingdom.

Violence & Scariness

Animal violence, like lions hunting and a chimp tearing the head off of a monkey.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Kratts get dangerously close to their subjects. There are some graphic hunting scenes that show predators killing weaker animals. Make sure kids know not to approach wild animals and that the Kratt brothers are trained professionals. Kids will learn about animals' physiology and biology while seeing their habitats firsthand.

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Teen, 14 years old Written bydustygun April 9, 2008

Great Show

The Kratt brothers are very enthuziastic about their work. They show all about how animals survive.

What's the story?

Filmed and narrated by brothers Martin and Chris Kratt, BE THE CREATURE lets kids imagine what it's like to be an animal in the wild. The Kratts travel the world in search of close encounters with beautiful, unique, and ferocious creatures. The camera is never more than a few feet from the action as the brothers dive, climb, run, and stalk to get inside the lives of some of the world's most elusive animals.

Is it any good?

Be the Creature shows the sometimes-brutal and graphic realities of the wild. In one episode, for example, a large chimpanzee rips off the head of a small monkey. Younger kids and those sensitive to blood or animal violence may be upset by scenes like that, so parents should probably pre-screen episodes for young viewers. That said, it's an excellent program for older kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role that the Kratts play in nature conservation and in nature documentaries. Why is it important to keep our environment clean? What is the relationship between animals and the places they live? Also, what should kids do if they encounter a wild animal?

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