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Monday, June 28, 2010

Earth - DisneyNature





The DisneyNature movie Earth is out on DVD and although there are some beautifully captured scenes, I was concerned that it was rated G. There should be more warning for parents who might be unaware that there are distressing events portrayed.
While many of the captured pictures are entertaining, the fluffy baby mandarin ducks learning to fly by falling from high trees into a heap of fallen leaves for example, and the mating rituals of colorful tropical birds, many scenes are heart wrenching. There was a sad story of a polar bear who, unable to find somewhere to hunt because of the rapidly shrinking ice, lost his battle to survive. A baby elephant was separated from the troop and attacked by a pack of lions. Caribou, during their march across the tundra, lost a young one who was chased by a fox. Although the photography of a killer whale snatching a seal while projecting from the ocean was amazing, I still feel that it would be troubling to a young child. Surely there is enough in the world to capture on camera without another movie that shows so many long and drawn out chases and kills. Although, unlike the recent Life series where animals were actually devoured, the camera pans away after the animals are captured by predators, I still believe this is sadly not a movie for young children.

3 comments:

Mason Canyon said...

Sounds like it definitely shouldn't have a G rating.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Joanne said...

It's a cold cruel world. Perhaps if parents watch it with kids and discuss it, then the reality is bearable. Hey, I sat thru Bambi as a kid - talk about an eye opener!

Earth and Life are very worthwhile shows - the photography is spectacular and Blu-Ray makes it POP.

Cozy in Texas said...

I agree it's part of life, but I don't think very young children need to be exposed to the gruesome scenes. There is so much beauty in the word. This film could have spent more time exploring nature that young children would enjoy.
Ann