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Parents need to know that Tiny World is a fantastic nature documentary series that focuses on the smallest members of the animal kingdom (bugs, birds, reptiles, and small animals). The series has a moderate amount of scariness as predators pursue their prey, or when animals find themselves otherwise in danger. No animals die, and there's nothing gross or graphic. There are references to animals courting each other or mating (but no visuals of mating). Overall, this is great show that will inspire wonder in kids and adults alike.
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TINY WORLD is a nature documentary narrated by Paul Rudd that focuses on the smallest members of the animal kingdom. Each episode features a different habitat like the savannah, jungle, outback, and more. But instead of following the animals that usually get the most attention, this series celebrates the tiny ones whose names you probably don't know. Through incredible closeup cinematography, viewers get to discover amazing creatures that they ordinarily would never see. The series shows how all the small animals in each habitat relate to one another as they try their best to survive.
Is it any good?
This fantastic docuseries inspires curiosity and wonder about the natural world. The entire family can learn amazing facts about small creatures (like: did you know an Australian echidna can eat 60,000 ants in 10 minutes?). The cinematography is stunningly gorgeous. Where else can you watch a spider smaller than a lentil do an elaborate and hilarious mating dance in crystal-clear detail? Each episode has numerous "how-did-they-capture-that" moments (to the point that it's easy to wonder if the producers are manipulating reality a bit). Rudd's charming narration links all the creatures' stories together with a cohesive narrative.
Kids and parents alike will love Tiny World, and it's perfect for whole-family viewing. Kids sensitive to scariness may want to skip this series (or have grown-ups armed with a quick fast-forward reflex nearby). Scary scenes include things like predators chasing prey and a baby animal getting stuck in a wildfire, and these tense moments are played up for dramatic effect. The scary things (like animals getting eaten or dying) are never actually shown, but the build up may be too much for some kids.
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Families can talk about the coolest thing that they learned from Tiny World. Are you curious to learn more about any of the animals in the show? Why are they interesting to you?
If you could be any of the animals (or bugs, birds, reptiles, etc.) from the show, which would you be and why?
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