Life Story

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Animal-journeys docu is beautiful, inspiring.

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Positive Messages

Curiosity is a major theme. Nature is about survival. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Attenborough is a naturalist and conservationist.

Violence & Scariness

Animals hunt, kill for survival.

Sexy Stuff

Mating, procreation a major theme.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Life Story is a documentary featuring the journey of animals from birth until they become parents. It's mild enough for family viewing, but younger or more sensitive children may be frightened by some of the predatory behavior (hunting, killing, eating) featured here.

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What's the story?

Narrated by naturalist Sir David Attenborough, LIFE STORY is an epic six-part series that documents the life journey of animals across the earth. It showcases how animals living in jungles, deserts, open plains, and vast oceans behave and shows how they meet the challenges that face them at each stage in their lives until they're able to procreate. From an octopus being chased by a flounder to competitive boxing kangaroos, it offers a colorful and close-up picture of the evolution of animals.

Is it any good?

The series offers an insightful look at how animals begin their lives and take their first steps, leave their homes, mate, and ultimately become parents. It also shows how wild animals instinctively establish themselves as -- and attempt to escape from -- various predators.  

The narration and accompanying music add charm, humor, and drama to the stories. Slow-motion replays of some goofy and extraordinary moments also make it entertaining. But it's the beauty of the animals themselves, as well as the journeys they take throughout their lives, that's most inspiring in Life Story.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about animals from around the world and the ways they manage to survive in the wild in Life Story. What are some of the challenges animals face when they're born? When they get older?

  • One of the biggest threats to animals are human beings. Can documentaries like this help protect animals from humans? How?

  • How does Life Story promote curiosity? Why is this an important character strength?

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For kids who love animals

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