A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The natural beauty of different South American regions, and the animals who live there, is highlighted. The role the South American rainforest plays in climate change, and the need to protect the rainforest and other areas, is also underscored.
Positive Role Models
People are shown cutting down trees in the rain forest, which is contextualized as a negative.
Violence & Scariness
Animals hunt and fish for food, and are ocasionally shown attacking and killing their prey. Parts of the rain forest are shown burning.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mating is talked about, but nothing specific is discussed.
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Products & Purchases
It’s not mean to be an advertisement, but the overall documentary gives the sense that it is promoting travel to South America.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Capybaras are referred to as "rats on steroids."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bucket List South America is a documentary about the natural wonders of South America. There are few scenes of animals hunting and killing for food, and members of a featured indigenous community in the Amazon are partially naked. It also contains a very clear pro-environmentalist message about the dangers of deforestation and climate change. While not intended to be promotional, the overall program encourages people to visit.
Is It Any Good?
This vibrant documentary highlights some of more well-known natural attractions that South America has to offer. Viewers are treated to impressive birds-eye views of places like Iguazu Falls and the Amazon rainforest, as well as footage of some of the more fascinating species of wildlife living in different parts of the continent. But despite a clear pro-environmental message at the end, Bucket List South America is more about impressing than it is informing. The amount of information offered about the animals is limited, and offers no specific information about the individual countries that make up the continent. Nonetheless, it successfully promotes South America as a beautiful and wondrous place to visit.
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