Untamed and Uncut

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Animal encounter show is violent and exploitative.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The series is more sensational than educational, but it does offer some explanations about animal behavior and the various ways that people have managed to survive attacks.

Violence

Includes real video footage of animals chasing, biting, stomping, kicking, and holding humans down. Victims can sometimes be heard screaming. Open/bloody wounds, scars, and other injuries are sometimes visible.

Sex
Language

Frightened bystanders let slip with the occasional "hell" or "damn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this intense series features videos of violent encounters between animals and people. Its primary focus is sensationalizing both the animals' aggressive behavior and their victims' efforts to survive the attack by replaying (sometimes in slow motion) the actual moments when people were grabbed, bitten, stomped, etc. Viewers will hear screams from victims and frightened bystanders, and bloody wounds are sometimes visible. It's all probably a bit too much for younger and/or more sensitive viewers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byVyzr January 9, 2011

I doubt kids will care about anything in this show.

This show is crappy. The stories in it are so stupid. They call it "untamed and uncut" but it seems like they dont have anything worthy to be on a sho... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 16, 2015

Features lots of animal violence

This show features lots of crude bloody animal attacks happening to people that are replayed in slow motion and are put in 3D videos made by the industry. This... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bylullabywallaby April 6, 2014

This show is horrible

It's unfit for really anyone to watch. It's rude and crude and nobody should be exposed to this.

What's the story?

In UNTAMED AND UNCUT, viewers watch as seemingly peaceful contact between people and animals suddenly goes terribly wrong -- from a person being angrily stomped on by a zoo elephant to someone getting violently kicked by a carriage horse. Each real-life encounter is described in great detail via interviews with animal experts, survivors, and the people who unexpectedly found themselves filming these scary events. Computer-animated graphics help recreate the encounters and demonstrate how the victim somehow managed to survive. When possible, explanations are offered about the animals' reactions toward the people they attacked.

Is it any good?

Untamed and Uncut reminds viewers that no matter how tame or domesticated animals seem, they can still instinctively react negatively toward humans. Many of the encounters highlighted here aren't random at all, but are rather the result of people not recognizing or paying attention to the animals' signals. And, of course, there are moments when animals go completely berserk thanks to some really dumb human behavior -- like climbing walls and/or purposely disturbing animals in order to take a great picture.

While the show does offer a few interesting details about animal behavior, overall the series is more exploitative than informative. Scenes of the actual moments in which people are violently attacked are replayed several times and are even shown in slow motion to demonstrate how violent the attack really was. The sounds of screaming victims and frightened bystanders add to the drama. Some viewers may find these scenes exciting to watch, but it's just a little too sensational for younger or more sensitive audiences.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether it's OK for the media to use violent and/or scary events to entertain audiences. Is it appropriate to show people getting attacked or hurt by animals (or humans), even if the victims survived the encounter? What kind of messages about animals do shows like this one send? Families can also discuss animal behavior. Why is it important to understand animals' behavior? How do animals defend themselves and their territories? Why do domesticated animals like dogs and horses sometimes behave violently? Should people have wild animals as pets?

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