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Jaguar: King of the Jungle

By Davis Cook, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Detail-rich nature doc has brief animal violence and sex.

TV Max Educational 2020
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Jaguar: King of the Jungle provides a glimpse into the life of jaguars in the Brazilian rainforest, and in the meantime tells the story of the various plants and animals that make up the rest of the ecosystem that the jaguars haunt. This is achieved through calm narration and some great camera shots.

The documentary exists in a middle ground that is somewhat unusual for nature documentaries: it follows one single jaguar yet does not name or anthropomorphize the jaguar at all (i.e. giving it traits like a personality or showing it interacting with its young or something like that). Because of this, the information and camera shots provided feel somewhat narrow, but this isn't made up for by a more gripping anthropomorphized "plot", so in the end the documentary isn't very gripping. However, it does list lots of facts about jaguars and their surrounding environments, and gives some camera shots that are enjoyable to look at. In the end, the documentary won't be entertaining for most people who aren't already interested in the subject matter, but it does successfully fulfill the narrow guidelines it sets out for itself.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 1, 2020
  • Network: Max
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: September 14, 2021

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