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Prehistoric Planet

By Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Beautifully animated "nature" docu for dino fans.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 4+

Nostalgia overload and enlightening kids

Oh man this is such a great show, being based on the "Walking with" mini-series is a fantastic way to enlighten kids about prehistoric life, I should know my brother and I would binge Prehistoric Planet, the Walking with mini-series, and just about as many documentaries we would get our hands-on. bottom line is that this a FANTASTIC show and it sucks that they didn't do a season with "Walking with Cavemen", "Walking with Monsters", and the others because this show is so great; Watch it you'll LOVE IT!!!
age 9+

Very informative and thought provoking.

My daughter found this program several months ago. She absolutely loves it. Unfortunately, it appears the show has been taken off the schedule which she is very upset. Luckily, she has 4 episodes recorded on the DVR. Does anyone know if this is a temporary thing? Does anyone know how the powers that be at DiscoveryKids can be contacted?

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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The animation is spectacular. It's hard to tell which parts (if any) are live-action and which are animated. And the narration has just enough attitude to be amusing. Plus, despite the rewritten narration, the series plays to a wide range of ages, so the whole family will find it watchable, not just the dino freaks in the house. That said, it is a nature documentary and will sometimes plod along at the same slow gait as an over-sized sauropod.

It's also worth noting that, although part of the fun is the conceit that this is a "normal" nature film -- as opposed to a humans-on-a-dig-talking-about-bones kind of thing -- that very twist can lead to the idea that what's shown on the screen is real, rather than speculative. Unfortunately, there's little mention that it's all based on what scientists think they know, since no one is absolutely certain. But overall, Prehistoric Planet is more interesting than not.

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