Parents' Guide to

Spy in the Wild

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Animatronic animals collect secret wildlife footage in docu.

TV PBS Educational 2017
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Watching to see if a robot meerkat will be accepted by real meerkats could have veered into overly-cute territory; but thankfully, this unconventional filming approach has provided some genuinely intimate images that elevate it beyond a mere gimmick. Some of the animatronics are more convincing than others, to be sure. There are some chimps who are quick to raise a skeptical eyebrow at the "spy creature" deployed to film them, and they soon turn it into a pet of sorts. But when the conceit works, it really works. In some cases, these robo-animals get close enough to see swarms of bugs nestled into a real sloth's fur -- and one even becomes an ill-fated love interest for an impassioned tortoise. Overall, Spy in the Wild does a great job at showing us how surprisingly relatable animals can be, and how they are capable of unexpected depths of emotion.

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