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Frozen Planet

Stunning tour of the poles is great for the whole family.

What parents need to know

Educational value

There's no end to what viewers of all ages can learn here, from animal behavior captured on video for the first time to visual lessons in geography, seasonal change, and meteorology.

Positive messages

Frozen Planet inspires respect for nature and all of its inhabitants by offering a sightseeing tour of the most remote and stunningly beautiful corners of the polar regions. Viewers find themselves invested in the survival of the animals who struggle for life here, and the experience inspires curiosity and thought about conservation issues.

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Violence & scariness

The show chronicles polar residents' struggles to survive the extreme elements, so you'll see animals killing and eating prey. Battles over territory and mating rights are common, too, with competitors emerging bloody and injured. Animals are also shown frozen or said to have succumbed to the elements or starvation.

Sexy stuff

The content references -- and sometimes shows -- mating rituals of a variety of animals. In the case of polar bears, for instance, the couple engages in some gentle affection before concluding in the act itself, which is viewed from a rear vantage point. Nothing graphic is shown, but the narration leaves little doubt about what's going on.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Frozen Planet is a beautiful series from the Planet Earth and Life team that takes viewers on a sweeping tour of the North and South poles, highlighting the inhabitants' struggles to survive the harsh elements and how extreme weather changes force them to adapt. Gorgeous scenery, stunning time-lapse videography, and intriguing storytelling are the hallmarks of this family friendly series that inspires an appreciation for nature and a concern for the plight of its inhabitants. Youngsters will enjoy the scenes of animals frolicking in the snow or taking flight for the first time, but this is a real know-your-kid situation, since the show doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of life and death, and there are some scenes that discuss and show the mating habits of certain animals.

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What's the story?

FROZEN PLANET is the third nature series from the team behind Planet Earth and Life. A project four years in the making, this stunningly beautiful documentary narrated by Alec Baldwin turns the camera lens on the planet's polar regions, chronicling the seasonal changes that instigate massive migrations of animals by sea and air and set in motion choreographed breeding rituals and concentrated feeding frenzies. Arctic wolves, polar bears, albatross, killer whales, and many more share center stage in this inspiring glimpse of the world's little-known extreme North and South. Thanks to motion-controlled, time-lapse cameras, and a dedicated crew of videographers who risked the harsh polar elements, these climate changes and fascinating animal behavior are captured for viewers' enjoyment.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Move over, pampered Real Housewives and commercialized American Idols -- this vibrant series is reality TV at its best. These new stars of the small screen will not only captivate viewers of all ages, they'll actually inspire them to look at the world differently and want to learn more about it. Topics you -- or your kids, for that matter -- probably never found interesting suddenly come to life in Frozen Planet. Weather patterns? The habits of solitary caterpillars? Crime rates among Adelie penguins? Viewed through the lens of this series, these are fascinating topics.

Drama, suspense, comedy, tragedy, and romance all have a part in the stories that comprise this masterfully rendered nature series. For families, this makes for a rare gem: TV that's equal parts entertainment and education and offers something for viewers of every age. That said, this series doesn't gloss over the harsh realities of life, so if your kids are sensitive to the plight of prey, be warned that there are many scenes that end in one animal killing and eating another. On a similar note, if you haven't had "the talk" yet, you may want to preview each episode to screen for segments that discuss breeding and, in a few cases, show polar bears, elephant seals, and other animals in the act of reproduction itself.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the scenes of nature in Frozen Planet. In what ways do you like to connect with nature? Does your family enjoy hiking, gardening, or fishing? How much access to natural surroundings do you have where you live?

  • How do the animals in this show adapt to cope with the challenges of their surroundings? Do they band together or split apart when times get tough? In what ways are their actions similar to humans'? How are they different?

  • Families can discuss how they can institute conservation practices in their home to help the environment. Do you recycle? How do you conserve energy? When you buy clothing or food, how can you make choices that both satisfy your needs and help the environment of your community? How might these choices impact the planet's future?

  • How does Frozen Planet promote curiosity? Why is this an important character strength?

TV details

Premiere date:March 18, 2012
Cast:Alec Baldwin
Network:Discovery Channel
Genre:Educational
Topics:Ocean creatures, Science and nature, Wild animals
Character strengths:Curiosity
TV rating:NR
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent Written bytitanius719 July 19, 2012

A Need To See Series

This series is absolutely stunning! If it weren’t for my Dish Remote Access app I wouldn’t even have known it exists. I had always pictured the Polar Regions being desolate, but this series has completely changed that foundation. If seeing is believing than Frozen Planet will certainly give children, as well as adults, a new found appreciation for nature. A talk about he birds and the bees is certainly suggested before watching a few of the episodes. There is predator capturing prey footage but I think if your kids have seen the Lion King they should make the transition fairly easily. I do a lot of business traveling for Dish but this series has shown me places and animals that I may never observe myself.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex