FILM LIFE: Animals and Us | Chapter 3by Dr-Faustus | created - 12 Dec 2017 | updated - 8 months ago | Public
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1. Ashes and Snow (2005)
62 min | Documentary, Drama
Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals.
Animals and Us
Narrator quote: "Feather to fire, fire to blood, blood to bone, bone to marrow, marrow to ashes, ashes to snow..."
IMDb External Link: 'Ashes and Snow' Official Site.
2. Beautiful People (1974)
G | 92 min | Comedy, Documentary
Hilarious documentary on the wildlife of the Namib Desert.
Tagline: "Some folks call them animals"
Music Video: IMDb Watch Now Link: "I Like to Move It" by will.i.am.
Documentary | Filming
WE ARE ANIMALS investigates the animal rights movement and the debate over what rights should be extended to animals. The film takes a candid look at our historical treatment of animals as ... See full summary »
TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary
David Attenborough embarks on a remarkable 500 million-year journey revealing the extraordinary group of animals that dominate our world, and how their evolution defines our human bodies.
Star: David Attenborough
5. Lifesense: Our Lives Through Animal Eyes (1991– )
30 min | Documentary
Star: Andrew Sachs
External Link - Wikipedia: Lifesense.
6. How Human Are You? (2014– )
National Geographic explores the parallel of man and animal through social experiments in ordinary environments. From mating rituals to mob mentality, the distance between these two worlds is smaller than we realize.
Amazon Books: Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals by Nathan H. Lents.
Psychology Today: Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animal Nature.
7. The Beasts Within (2001 TV Movie)
50 min | Animation, Documentary
From as far back in time as ancient Greece, man has suspected that humans evolved from other animals, as he has struggled to understand his nature and evolutionary inheritance. The Beasts ... See full summary »
8. Bij de beesten af (1972)
G | 104 min | Documentary
Documentary that explores the differences and similarities between human behavior and that of animals.
External Link - Wikipedia: Animal language.
External Link - Wikipedia: Human-animal communication.
External Link - Wikipedia: Emotion in animals.
External Link - Wikipedia: Pain in animals.
External Link - Wikipedia: Laughter in animals.
External Link - Wikipedia: Animal cognition.
External Link - Wikipedia: Sleep in non-human animals. ____________
Amazon Books: The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, Anniversary Edition by Charles Darwin.
9. Spy in the Wild (2017– )
TV-PG | Documentary
Animatronic spy creatures infiltrate the animal world to observe their behavior.
Star: David Tennant
External Link - Wikipedia: Ethology (study of animal behavior).
External Link - Wikipedia: Comparative psychology (scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of non-human animals).
External Link - Wikipedia: Collective animal behavior.
External Link - Wikipedia: Instinct.
10. Super Cute Animals (2015 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary
Gordon Buchanan goes to meet the world's cutest animals to reveal their hidden biology and find out why people have such a strong emotional response to them.
IMDb External Link: 'Super Cute Animals' Official Site | BBC.
11. Meerkat Manor (2005–2008)
26 min | Documentary
This is a documentary drama series which follows a meerkat family in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa, called the Whiskers.
12. Prairie Dog Manor (2019– )
"Prairie Dog Manor" gives an in depth look at the unique behaviors and relationships between the Prairie Dogs that inhibit the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.
External Link - Wikipedia: Prairie dog.
Natural World (1983– )
Prairie Dogs: The Talk of the Town
60 min | Documentary
Prairie dogs are America's answer to the meerkat - small, sociable and exceptionally cute. This offbeat film narrated by Rob Brydon takes us to the Wild West where prairie dogs live in huge... See full summary »
External Link - Wikipedia: Con Slobodchikoff.
14. Koko: A Talking Gorilla (1978)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary
IMDb External Link: Miscellaneous Sites: The Gorilla Foundation.
15. Jane (II) (2017)
PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography
The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.
Votes: 4,654 | Gross: $1.72M
Jane Goodall quote: "The greatest danger to our future is apathy."
"Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved."
"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference."
"Chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans have been living for hundreds of thousands of years in the forest, living fantastic lives, never overpopulating, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way more successful than us as far as being in harmony with the environment."
16. Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees (2002)
A cinematic portrait of the great zoologist and the chimpanzees she has spent a lifetime studying.
External Link - Wikipedia: Jane Goodall.
17. Pets: Wild at Heart (2015)
60 min | Documentary
A documentary using innovative techniques to reveal the secrets of pets' behaviour.
Star: David Tennant
IMDb External Link: 'Pets: Wild at Heart' BBC Official Site.
18. Born to Be Wild (2011)
G | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure
This heartwarming film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time.
Votes: 2,938 | Gross: $25.89M
IMDb External Link: 'Born to Be Wild' Official IMAX Site (Click search icon & enter keyword).
19. Give Me Shelter (2014)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary
A documentary uncovering the most prevalent issues in the animal world through the eyes of individuals dedicating their lives to them daily.
Mohandas K. Gandhi quote: "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
Neil deGrasse Tyson quote: "Humans aren't as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were 'reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.'"
IMDb External Link: 'Give Me Shelter' Official Site. _________
IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Protect the Bobcat: A New Hampshire Wildlife Story).
20. Tiere und andere Menschen (2017)
ANIMALS AND OTHER PEOPLE introduces viewers to Vienna's animal shelter and its inhabitants. The encounters between human and animal and the individual stories and peculiarities are affectionate, sometimes sad, and then again, strange.
Director: Flavio Marchetti
IMDb External Link: 'Tiere und andere Menschen' Official Site.
21. The Incredible Dr. Pol (2011– )
TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary, Reality-TV
With more than 20,000 patients, Dr. Pol has seen it all. Specializing in large farm animals, this senior is anything but retiring as he takes an old school, no-nonsense approach to veterinary medicine.
External Link - Wikipedia: The Incredible Dr. Pol.
22. Bondi Vet (2009–2016)
TV-PG | 30 min | Documentary, Reality-TV
"Bondi vet" follows the lives of veterinary surgeon Chris Brown at the Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital, emergency veterinarian Lisa Chimes and specialist surgeon Andrew Marchevsky at the SASH in the Sydney suburbs and Tim Faulkner of the Australian Reptile Park.
IMDb External Link: 'Bondi Vet' Official Site.
23. Dingo: Wild Dog at War (2013 TV Movie)
60 min | Documentary
The Australian bush is at war... 'DINGO' follows farmer and canine advocate Dave Graham as he hunts for solutions to the dilemma surrounding Australia's native canine the Dingo. A secretive... See full summary »
External Link - Wikipedia: Dingo.
24. Moonbears on Planet Earth (2016)
24 min | Documentary, Short
The documentary shows the daily activities performed by the local and international staff who lives and works inside the Bear Rescue Center situated in Tam Dao National park , Northern ... See full summary »
IMDb Watch Now Link: 'Moonbears on Planet Earth' Video Gallery.
25. Beary Tales (2013)
51 min | Documentary
Two orphaned bear cubs would've been destined to starve - if a man had not adopted them. The film shows the twins' life with their new "mother", from their first steps to becoming cheeky teenagers.
IMDb External Link: 'Beary Tales' Netflix Releases.
26. The Man Who Loved Bears (1979 TV Movie)
G | 60 min | Documentary
True-story documentary detailing the struggle of a man trying to raise a helpless grizzly bear cub named "Griz" in order to return him to the natural Colorado wild.
External Link - Wikipedia: Marty Stouffer.
27. Grizzly Man (2005)
R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography
Votes: 53,884 | Gross: $3.17M
IMDb External Link: 'Grizzly Man' Official Site.
28. Pandas (2018)
G | 42 min | Documentary, Short
In the mountains of Sichuan, China, a researcher forms a bond with Qian Qian, a panda who is about to experience nature for the first time.
Votes: 571 | Gross: $2.89M
IMDb External Link: 'Pandas' Official Site.
29. Born in China (2016)
G | 79 min | Documentary
Venturing into the wilds of China, "Born in China" captures intimate moments with a panda and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs.
Votes: 3,564 | Gross: $13.83M
5 min | Short, Music
IMDb Watch Now External Link: 'Rhythms of the Earth' Official YouTube Music Video.
31. Anima Mundi (1991)
28 min | Documentary, Short
Image and music are intertwined in this third collaboration between director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass. The film was produced to celebrate the World Wildlife Fund's ... See full summary »
Director: Godfrey Reggio
Anima Mundi - Soul of the World
Music Video: IMDb Watch Now Link: Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift. ____________
Amazon Books: Safari: A Photicular Book by Dan Kainen, Carol Kaufmann.
32. Taylor Swift: Wildest Dreams (2015 Video)
G | 4 min | Short, Music
On location in the wilderness, a volatile young actress falls in love with her leading man in Taylor Swift's music video for her song Wildest Dreams.
IMDb Watch Now External Link: 'Taylor Swift: Wildest Dreams' Official YouTube Video.
33. David Attenborough Wildlife Specials (1995– )
TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary
Occasional series of one-off documentaries, each examining the lifestyle of a particular animal.
David Attenborough quote: "Some scientists suggest that up to a quarter of animal species could be extinct by 2050. But it's not too late - you can be involved in saving planet Earth. If you are a child, this is your future. If you're a parent, it's your legacy. The time to act is now."
The Oliver Ridley Sea Turtles
IMDb Watch Now Link: Arribada (2009 Short Film). _____________
Sea Otter Issues
IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Threatened: The Controversial Struggle of the Southern Sea Otter).
34. The Last Lions (2011)
PG | 88 min | Documentary, Family
Fifty years ago there were close to half-a-million lions in Africa. Today there are around 20,000. To make matters worse, lions, unlike elephants, which are far more numerous, have ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,038 | Gross: $0.64M
Jeremy Irons quote: "We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they're called memories. Some take us forward, they're called dreams."
IMDb External Link: Miscellaneous Sites: 'The Last Lions' (Wikipedia). __________________
The Big Cats Initiative
IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (The Lion Sleeps Tonight).
35. Brothers in Blood: The Lions of Sabi Sand (2015)
60 min | Documentary
This is a powerful documentary, filmed over a 16 year span, about the rise of a Coalition of six lions, branded The Mapogo Lions, and their takeover of the largest territory by a pride.
IMDb External Link: 'Brothers in Blood: The Lions of Sabi Sand' Official Site.
External Link - Wikipedia: Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
36. The Lion Who Thought He Was People (1971)
G | 89 min | Adventure, Documentary
The lion who thought he was people
37. Blackfish (2013)
PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary
A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.
Votes: 62,559 | Gross: $2.07M
Gabriela Cowperthwaite quote: "I have made tv documentaries for 12 years but Blackfish is my second feature length documentary and one that I call my "labor of tough love." I can't say this was an easy film to make. For two years we were bombarded with terrifying facts, autopsy reports, sobbing interviewees, and unhappy animals - a place diametrically opposite to it's carefully refined image. But as I moved forward, I knew that we had a chance to fix some things that had come unraveled along the way. And that all I had to do was tell the truth."
IMDb External Link: 'Blackfish' Official Site.
38. Saving Luna (2007)
92 min | Documentary
Saving Luna is a feature-length documentary about Luna, a lone baby killer whale who gets separated from his family in a remote Vancouver Island fjord. When Luna seeks companionship from ... See full summary »
Tagline: "A life does not have to be human to be great."
IMDb External Link: 'Saving Luna' Official Site.
39. Echo of the Elephants (2005)
TV-14 | 49 min | Documentary
Echo of the Elephants: The Story of an Elephant Family. Cynthia Moss has been studying the elephant population in Kenya's Ambesoli National Park for more than 20 years. Her work here ... See full summary »
Director: Martyn Colbeck
External Link - Wikipedia: Cynthia Moss.
40. Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale (2016)
90 min | Documentary
The incredible, true-life story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the wilderness of Botswana. When she's suddenly orphaned at one month of age, it's up to the men who look after her herd to save her life.
IMDb External Link: 'Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale' Official Site.
41. Tyke Elephant Outlaw (2015)
78 min | Documentary
This is the gripping and emotionally charged story of Tyke, a circus elephant that went on a rampage in Honolulu in 1994, killed her trainer in front of thousands of spectators and died in ... See full summary »
IMDb External Link: 'Tyke Elephant Outlaw' Official Site.
42. An Apology to Elephants (2013)
TV-PG | 40 min | Documentary, Short
Narrated by Lily Tomlin, this documentary short traces mankind's long history with elephants and explores the many problems that arise when they are brought to live in captivity in zoos and circuses.
43. Gardeners of Eden (2014)
72 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama
Africa's elephants are hurtling towards extinction to fuel the worldwide ivory trade. While conservationists howl and corrupt governments fail to address the ongoing slaughter, one brave ... See full summary »
External Link - Wikipedia: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
44. The Ivory Game (2016)
112 min | Documentary
Wildlife activists in take on poachers in an effort to end illegal ivory trade in Africa.
IMDb External Link: 'The Ivory Game' Official Site.
45. Gambling on Extinction (2015)
52 min | Documentary
A look at the use and proliferation of illegal wildlife products throughout the world.
IMDb External Link: 'Gambling on Extinction' Official Site.
46. Trophy (2017)
Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary