A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's chief purpose is providing educational content, and there's plenty to learn here. A selection of facts: the Australian Outback boasts the longest highway on Earth, Highway 1, which runs over 9,000 miles; the Australian government chose the kangaroo and emu as national emblems because of both animals' inability to walk backwards, reflecting the forward-thinking attitude that the country wanted to establish for itself; and the small but vibrant concentration of rainforest in Australia is left over from when Australia was part of Gondwana, a supercontinent that combined all current Southern continents together hundreds of millions of years ago.
An introduction to the many fascinating animal species in Australia.
Violence & Scariness
A small marsupial chomps off the head of a cricket and eats it in a somewhat long close-up shot. A snake suffocates and then eats a mouse. A crocodile captures and whips around a fetal pig in its mouth, to the narrator's quip that "it doesn't take long to turn a pig into strips of bacon." Only animal violence, never human.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bucket List Australia is an informative and beautifully shot introduction to Australian wildlife (not Australia's human history) with some animal violence. Backed by calm and sometimes quippy narration (Andy Wisher), the documentary takes viewers on a listlike romp through the fascinating features of natural geography and wildlife that make up Australia, from the coasts to the Outback to the small but vibrant rainforest. Because Australia doesn't have overwhelming geographical diversity, this documentary focuses mostly on the animal species of the Land Down Under. While the documentary shows that Australian animal species are rightfully famed for their uniqueness and diversity, it also presents some of the violence and danger for which Aussie animals are infamous. A small marsupial, a snake, and a crocodile are shown eating other animals, and there are several references to some of the animals' deadliness. There's no human violence whatsoever.
Is It Any Good?
This documentary leads its viewers on an informative and sometimes violent journey throughout the animal species and natural geography that make Australia original and fascinating.
Bucket List Australia will be highly engaging for kids who are fascinated by the many facts and beautiful shots that it presents and don't mind its list-like and straightforward structure. Even though the lighthearted and often funny voice narration (e.g.. "These small marsupials invented parkour") provides humor and much fascinating information, non-English speakers could still appreciate this show for the extraordinarily beautiful footage, which at separate times both soars and closes in.
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