Parents' Guide to

Rainforest Home

By Davis Cook, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fact-packed, beautiful nature doc has some animal violence.

TV Max Educational 2020
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Throughout the hour-long guided tour at the heart of this documentary, the filmmakers let a vast and colorful array of wild animals and plants wander across the screen in all their complex natural states and interrelated dynamics alongside calm and thorough narration. Rainforest Home's audio and visual elements are truly stunning, with multiple detailed closeups of wild animals at wildly opportune times. One example that would make a viewer ask "How did they catch that?" is a closeup shot of a leaf-cutter ant carving out a piece of leaf with its pincers, aided by the actual sound of the ant cutting into the leaf.

As is often the case with nature documentaries, Rainforest Home's list-like narrative framework might bore some viewers who aren't already interested in biology. However, Rainforest Home in particular would likely be difficult for even the least interested viewer to pull away from, owing to its constantly shifting cast of out-of-this-world creatures large and small. In the end, on both a superficial and educational level, the documentary blows it out of the park (or should we say rainforest).

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