The Planet's Funniest Animals

TV review by
KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media
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The planet's weakest jokes about pet videos.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 5 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Some of the examples of pet ownership here are iffy at best.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Some suggestive comments in the voiceover narration that accompanies the video clips.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJenTheMom April 9, 2008

lots of laughs

My family--especially the kids--just LOVES this show. It's like funniest home videos but all about animals. I will say that the narration and jokes are o... Continue reading
Adult Written byPal101 April 9, 2008

Great show for families

Some of the videos are suggestive but I think most kids older then 7 can handle it.
Teen, 14 years old Written byTripFoot December 13, 2012

Hamlet is funnier than this load of donkey crap!

I love Animal Planet. No, correction, I USED to love Animal Planet. I learned so much from it and admired the great shows about all kinds of animals. However, s... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 22, 2012

What's the story?

PLANET'S FUNNIEST ANIMALS is yet another iteration of America's Funniest Home Videos, which was funny for about an hour sometime in the late '80s and has gone consistently downhill since.

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?

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