A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A wildlife photographer takes his camera to the garden and finds fascinating behavior among the bees, wood lice, wolf spiders, and wasps. Facts about insect behavior are shown. A fantastic camera is used to capture life that's too small and too fast for the human eye.
A person can go into the backyard and observe the most fascinating life at play if they are curious. Slowing life down allows for more keen observation. Even bees play, act, and pretend. Watching behavior and observing life can help make sense of the nature of life.
Positive Role Models
Martin Dohrn, the filmmaker, is curious enough to want to build new cameras that can help him better explore his garden. He challenges the viewer to look at life in a new light and slow down to appreciate what's going on all around them,
Violence & Scariness
Insects fight, steal territory, and some even eat their own kind.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few scenes of insects engaging in mating rituals. Nothing but nature, but this fact of life among insects is briefly shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Big World In a Small Garden is a docuseries that highlights the intricate goings on in a wildlife photographer's backyard. Since insect behavior is the focus, there are some scenes of fighting and mating scientific observation. Getting this close to insects could be a little creepy to anyone sensitive to seeing a wolf spider mother carrying a multitude of spider babies on her back. But the lively and informative footage keeps the vibe light.
Is It Any Good?
Brimming with interesting discoveries of insect behavior, this backyard documentary inspires the curious mind. Big World in a Small Garden uses technology as a tool to explore the delicate and intricate dramas that unfold all around us. Martin Dohrn plays the philosopher when he uses cameras to slow down life, as if to teach the viewer the importance of slowing down to enjoy the beauty found in even the most humble urban garden.
There's humor to the show as well, such as male bees who have fluffed themselves up for good viewing and are constantly rejected by female bees. Dohrn says there is drama in his London garden "every bit as exciting as anything you'd see on the plains of Africa." After spending time looking through his camera's point of view, it's hard to disagree.
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