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The Planet's Funniest Animals
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that these videos frequently present some dubious lessons about pet ownership. The animals in the videos often seem to be in peril -- usually by falling into water or being attacked by a larger animal -- and they're not always treated with respect (or kindness) by their owners. Voiceover narration frequently includes sexual innuendo and may be confusing to younger viewers.
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What's the story?
Is it any good?
By now, there are apparently no new funny home videos of animals to be had. Thus, the videos shown here tend to be not so much funny as merely tired. If you've seen one small dog bait a large cat or attack a remote control truck, you've seen them all. The voiceover narration device only adds confusion for the very youngest viewers, who might not yet have seen a dog so determined to hang onto a ball that he or she can be picked up that way and theoretically could have been mildly entertained.
The humor is below the Beavis and Butt-Head level, the host (Matt Gallant) is annoying, the videos trite. With hundreds of channels at your disposal, there has to be something better on.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why other families send in these videos of their pets. Do you think they thought what the dog did was funny? Was it? What do you think the dog thought? Would you want your pet to do that? Is it right to purposely involve pets in potentially dangerous situations?