Planet Earth



Stunning high-def series spotlights world wonders.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids will learn tons of interesting facts about animals and habitats across the globe; the series is incredibly educational.

Positive messages

Planet Earth opens viewers' eyes to the wilds of nature and touches on the plight of endangered species and the importance of preserving the planet's resources.

Positive role models

The animals featured here can't really be considered role models.

Violence & scariness

Animals hunt, kill, and eat their prey, sometimes in bloody ways.

Sexy stuff

Animals' mating rituals/overtures are mentioned.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this flat-out gorgeous high-definition nature series uses cutting-edge film equipment to capture never-before-seen animal behavior from around the world. Viewers' respect for nature and wildlife will grow with every scene -- with the impulse to protect the world's delicate balance likely to follow. Some scenes show animals hunting and killing their prey (often up close), which might frighten young viewers. But for families with kids old enough to understand basic animal behavior, the series will entertain and educate in a whole new way.

What's the story?

Elephants, lions, great white sharks, Emperor penguins, polar bears, dolphins, and many more star in PLANET EARTH -- which helps explain why it took 71 camera people five years to capture the footage used in the 11 episodes. Filmed entirely in high definition and with cutting-edge filmmaking techniques that allow unique, close-up views of animal behavior, the show reaches to the remotest corners of the earth and leads viewers through the planet's harshest deserts, richest jungles, and darkest caves.

Is it any good?


Never before have the world's many wonders been quite as accessible as they are in the stunning nature series Planet Earth. In the filming process, many shots and events were captured on camera for the first time; viewers will marvel at a glimpse of the rare snow leopard (one of only 40 surviving in the wild) hunting in the Himalayas, the blue bird of paradise strutting his stuff to woo a mate, and grizzly bears bringing their newborns out into the light.

Planet Earth also uses flawless time-lapse photography to show climate and seasonal changes -- like a sandstorm in the Sahara Desert or the transformation of parched desert land in Africa into a lush feeding ground for species of all shapes and sizes. Satellite photos of Earth and high-speed cameras that preserve animals' motion round out this truly unprecedented package. Narrated by actress/conservationist Sigourney Weaver, Planet Earth will educate and inspire the whole family. Just take care to explain the basics of animal behavior to young viewers, because some scenes of creatures hunting and killing prey could upset them.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what sets this show apart from other nature series. Does the high-definition footage make that big a difference? Why? Did you learn anything new from this series?

  • What's more exciting -- the way the show looks, or the animal behavior it presents?

  • What does it mean for a species to be endangered? What factors contribute to endangerment?

  • Compile ideas about recycling, saving energy, and other ways to help the environment. What effect do small changes like riding a bus instead of driving or taking a shorter shower have? How can people be encouraged to make little changes that matter?

TV details

Cast:Sigourney Weaver
Network:Discovery Channel
Topics:Science and nature, Wild animals
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 11 years old November 17, 2009

Perfect for Tweens

This movie was amazing for older children. The only problem was the hard powerful message that follows think back watchers to the polar bear scene or the Amur leopard scene. The polar bear basically dug it's own grave.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 4 and 6 year old Written byPapa Zaphod April 26, 2011
The Caves episode was great. Then we watched the Jungles episode, where there were the warring chimps; one tribe killed much of the other tribe, killed a baby chimp, tore it apart and ate it. Needless to say, not something for kids.
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Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written bymelted831 August 24, 2009

good for families

This nature is the best nature show out there. There is tons of cool animals and plants. There is so many cool episodes of caves, forests, seas, deserts and many more places on earth. This video has so many facts but there are lots of animals eating and attacking.
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Too much violence
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