Earth at Night in Color

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Nature show features nighttime predators, mating rituals.

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Positive Messages

Earth at Night in Color, like most nature shows, is about gaining a greater understanding of nature. Here we learn about how creatures survive and adapt to dangerous environments and adverse situations.

Positive Role Models

Watching animals work through injuries and survive dangerous situations can be inspiring. Earth at Night in Color also sometimes features stories on preserving nature, such as on an episode about a volunteer group rescuing birds that have flown into tall Chicago towers.

Violence

The series features many examples of predators catching prey.

Sex

Earth at Night in Color gives some attention to animal mating rituals.

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Consumerism

The technology used to capture the nocturnal footage is discussed. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Earth at Night in Color is a nature documentary series that focuses on nocturnal animals across the globe. The show uses new technology that allows the crew to film animals under the moon and stars with the same amount of visibility they can capture during the day. Each episode takes place within a different region, from the Brazilian jungle to European forests to urban areas within the United States. A variety of animals are featured, including bears, birds, and several big cats, and the show observes how they survive, hunt, and mate.

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What's the story?

EARTH AT NIGHT IN COLOR uses groundbreaking technology to film wild animals in the dark. Each episode takes place in a different environment, from the jungle to the forest, and even in big cities. British actor Tom Hiddleston narrates as big cats, bears, birds, and other exotic creatures are filmed throughout their nighttime routines, which include traveling, hunting, looking for mates, and taking care of their families. 

Is it any good?

A fight between a crocodile and a jaguar should be a marquee event, but it's blocked by water and plant life so that only a vague outline of the tussle can be made out. That's the type of visibility issue that comes up a lot in Earth at Night in Color. The series does all the major things expected from a nature show, but the series is sloppy when it comes to the details. The new filming techniques that can observe wild animals at night are exciting, but they're not yet to the point where all of the action can be seen clearly. The most exciting parts are often obscured, either by the night vision or because the cameramen couldn't get close enough to the action.

Tom Hiddleston sounds like he's doing an impression of someone narrating a nature show, and too much airtime goes to talking about the technology they're using and how it's never been implemented before. As a rule, if Earth at Night in Color were truly as awe-inspiring as the producers make it sound, they wouldn't have to spend so much time bragging about it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about nighttime. Where do some of the episodes take place? What special challenges does nighttime present in that area? How did the featured animals adapt or use nighttime to their advantage?

  • What do animals do at night that can't be seen in the daytime? What did the filmmakers learn about these animals using the new technology?

  • Did you have any favorite animals from the show? What did you like about them? What did you see on Earth at Night in Color that you'd never seen before?

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