A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Negative social behavior is pointed out -- such as one predator that doesn't want to share.
Violence & Scariness
Scenes of creatures preying on others can be a little intense; there's also a lot of "kill to survive" talk.
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Some discussion of poop and bugs that eat poop.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series features the same content as Walking with Dinosaurs, though it's been edited into shorter episodes, and the narration was rewritten to be more kid-friendly. The show features a lot of scenes of prehistoric animals preying on others. While these images aren't overly bloody, it's clear that the animals are eating each other, and the meat gets a little icky. Sensitive kids might get a little upset. Also, there's some emphasis on the brutality of the prehistoric world and the need to kill to survive.
Is It Any Good?
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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