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Tarka the Otter (1979)

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A family film which follows the life of a real otter and its adventures in the wild.

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Peter Bennett ...
Master of the Hunt
Edward Underdown ...
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Brenda Cavendish ...
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A family film which follows the life of a real otter and its adventures in the wild.

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12 June 1985 (Portugal)  »

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O Reino de Tarka  »

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Not a kiddie movie, but not harmful
1 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this as a 5-6 year old. I also loved "Animals are Beautiful People," "The Glacier Fox," "Three Warriors," "Watership Down," "Black Beauty," and "Hambone and Hillie." I find "Tarka" is similar to the new Meerkat Manor on AP. It is based on real-life behaviors and issues in daily life. Tarka and other movies in my list also dealt with animal cruelty and poaching/ hunting practices. And I agree with the person who mentioned Bambi and the Lion King's graphic content. Sure, it's animated, but I have had to explain "why did such and such happen" when I've watched "nemo" and "the lion king" with my students who knew nothing of animal life. I learned a helluva lot more about animals and respect for life watching Tarka and other wildlife films, including the Wonderful World of Disney doc's the Disney channel used to show late at night, than many adults know now. Sure, it was sad and heart-wrenching in places, but I never needed a course in anger management or counseling. My only questions to my parents were in regards to the humans and why did the people do the things they did.


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