A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The documentary’s main purpose is to provide education, and it provides an ample amount. Extreme closeups and well done visuals combine with calm narration to deliver an amount of information only fitting for the extraordinarily complex and colorful life of the rainforest ecosystem.
Reflect on the teeming beauty of rainforests and realize how much life exists beyond the confines of your own daily life. Don't passively let the consequences of your daily life harm that wider world. Check certification of any wood products you buy to make sure they don't come from illegally cut down trees. Reduce your consumption of palm oil, meat, and imported beef, and buy recycled paper. Through mindful consumption, you can help keep the rainforests full and vibrantly themselves.
Positive Role Models
There is very little discussion of humans' doings throughout most of the documentary. When humans do come up at the end, it's in the context of how much they've harmed the rainforest environment through deforestation due to various causes.
Violence & Scariness
Although there's not as much violence as you might expect in a nature documentary of this scope, Rainforest Home has several moments of animal violence. An eagle is graphically shown feeding a small monkey to her child. A chameleon is shown and heard in slow motion eating a praying mantis. Lastly, a jaguar is shown stalking a group of wild hogs, and bonobos are shown graphically ripping apart and eating a deer. There’s no human violence whatsoever.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rainforest Home is an hour long television documentary special that details the various plants and animal species that live in rainforests around the world (found in South and Central America, central Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Northern Australia), and the various ways the species all interact with one another. Naturally, the documentary shows some animal violence from animals like eagles, chameleons, jaguars, and bonobos stalking and then eating their prey, respectively: monkeys, praying mantises, wild hogs, and a deer. The video and audio quality of these brief moments is just as extraordinary as the rest of the documentary, so the moments are somewhat graphic. However, there's no human violence whatsoever. In the end, Rainforest Home can be appreciated both as a superficially engaging pot of natural sights and sounds and as an information-dense introduction to the biology and ecology of rainforests.
Is It Any Good?
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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