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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Human evolution has hinged on teamwork within groups and showcasing compassion and empathy for others within the group. Humanity's curiosity about the world has led to humans adapting to harsh climates and situations. Only the most courageous of early humans were able to take risks with new foods and new environments.
Positive Role Models
Early humans' curiosity about new locales led to the expansion of the species across the world and the creation of innovative tools for hunting. Early humans were able to adapt through open communication within groups, developing language and the beginnings of world religions. Showing compassion and empathy toward others in the group were evolutionary advantages for early humans, allowing them to band together against possible insurmountable odds. Early humans who relied on courage found new food sources and settled in new places around the world.
Violence & Scariness
Images of broken skulls of early hominids, evidence of battles between groups. Skeletons and skeleton fragments of early hominids are shown. Recreations of early humans' animal hunts are an integral part of the documentary.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Partial nudity of early humans, such as humans wearing leather loincloths and other forms of rudimentary clothing. Monogamy and reproduction is discussed in an educational sense.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Out of the Cradle is a documentary about the history of early humans. Partial nudity and images of violence, such as battered skulls and recreations of hunts, are shown. Primarily, the content focuses on positive messages about teamwork, compassion, and empathy for others within the group. It stresses that curiosity and courage have led to humans adapting to harsh climates and situations.
Is It Any Good?
This documentary is a fascinating look at the traits that define humanity and helped the species become the dominant force on the planet. Over a series of three episodes spliced together into a single documentary, Out of the Cradle uses the findings of anthropological experts and 3D reenactments to give viewers an immersive look at humanity's early days. Overall, the documentary gives a favorable, uplifting look at humanity's rise to prominence, focusing on positive traits such as compassion and empathy, communication across human settlements, and transferring ideas -- such as new hunting technologies like axes and spears -- to ensure success of the species. These traits are still with us today, helping us address some of humanity's most pressing issues.
The film quickly highlights how humanity has harmed environments and animal populations. Without addressing the current manmade climate change head-on, the documentary briefly discusses how our decision-making can chart the course for the rest of humanity's story going forward. With the bulk of the focus on humanity's ability to work together to solve problems, Out of the Cradle should leave viewers hopeful that humans will once again lean on their positive attributes to live within nature's means and write the next chapter of humanity on earth.
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