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Hidden Australia

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Show about wildlife down under sticks to the surface.

TV Max Educational 2021
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This documentary about unique Australian animals misses opportunities to delve into details. Hidden Australia sticks to the superficial facts about fascinating animals -- just about every fact referenced in this show can be found on Wikipedia. Nothing feels newly uncovered, deeply researched or surprising. In short, in the world of educational documentary, this show feels like a presentation given by a slightly bored tour guide. Even the music is kind of meh -- where's the didgeridoo?

But, there are some surprises, for example, footage of the honey pot ant with its alien-esque abdomen filled with a honey-like serum that feeds its own hungry clan members is truly bizarre. The platypus, which really intrigues with its beak and electric shock capacity, isn't filmed particularly well, but it could be a jumping point for younger viewers who want to learn more. Adults won't find much to balk at, unless there's a fear of venomous snakes and predatory ants in the house. Some beautiful scenery, some interesting animals, but nothing truly jaw-dropping.

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