FILM LIFE: Animals and Us | Chapter 3

by Dr-Faustus | created - 12 Dec 2017 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Mohandas K. Gandhi __________

Master List: FILM LIFE: Chapters 1 to 29.

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1. Ashes and Snow (2005)

62 min | Documentary, Drama

Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals.

Director: Gregory Colbert | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Jeanne Moreau, Enrique Rocha, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 3,983

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.

Director: Jamie Uys | Star: Paddy O'Byrne

Votes: 3,676

Tagline: "Some folks call them animals" ___________

Music Video: IMDb Watch Now Link: "I Like to Move It" by

3. We Are Animals

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 »

Director: Nicholas Tana | Stars: Alison Pill, Alexandra Paul, Peter Egan, Daniella Monet

IMDb External Link: A Documentary on Animal Rights.

External Link - Wikipedia: Animal rights.

External Link - Wikipedia: Animal rights movement.

4. Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates (2013)

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

Votes: 856

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.

Stars: Allan Peck, Cara Santa Maria, Melanie Avalon, Jaida-Iman Benjamin

Votes: 14

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 »

Director: Nigel Paterson | Star: Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 37

IMDb External Link: BBC Official Site.

External Link - Wikipedia: Comparative anatomy.

External Link - Wikipedia: Evidence of common descent.

External Link: 7 Ways Animals Are Like Humans - Live Science.

8. Bij de beesten af (1972)

G | 104 min | Documentary

Documentary that explores the differences and similarities between human behavior and that of animals.

Director: Bert Haanstra | Stars: Bert Haanstra, Anton Koolhaas, Stephen Murray, Alexander Scourby

Votes: 232

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

Votes: 426

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.

Director: Chloe Pearne | Stars: Gordon Buchanan, Myrtille Bakouche, Marina Davila-Ross, Karl Meyer

Votes: 39

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.

Stars: Flower the Meerkat, Mozart the Meerkat, Bill Nighy, Zaphod the Meerkat

Votes: 1,122

IMDb External Link: Animal Planet Official Site.

External Link - Wikipedia: Meerkat.

External Link - MNN - Mother Nature Network: 11 things you didn't know about meerkats.

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.

Stars: Kevin Conway, Kai, Gnash the Prairie Dog, Furgie the Prairie Dog

Votes: 32

External Link - Wikipedia: Prairie dog.

13. Natural World (1983– )
Episode: Prairie Dogs: The Talk of the Town (2010)

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 »

Director: Stephen Dunleavy | Star: Rob Brydon

Votes: 8

External Link - Wikipedia: Con Slobodchikoff.

14. Koko: A Talking Gorilla (1978)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A documentary that follows Dr. Penny Patterson's current scientific study of Koko, a gorilla who communicates through American Sign Language.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Koko, Penny Patterson, Saul Kitchener, Carl Pribram

Votes: 817

IMDb External Link: Miscellaneous Sites: The Gorilla Foundation.

15. Jane (II) (2017)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Jane Goodall, Hugo Van Lawick, Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick

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.

Director: David Lickley | Stars: Jane Goodall, Marc Strange

Votes: 113

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

Votes: 82

18. Born to Be Wild (2011)

G | 40 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

66 Metascore

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.

Director: David Lickley | Stars: Birute Galdikas, Daphne Sheldrick, Morgan Freeman, Chris Fries

Votes: 2,938 | Gross: $25.89M

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.

Director: Kristin Rizzo | Stars: Katie Cleary, Robert Davi, Carole Davis, Alison Eastwood

Votes: 56

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. _________

The Bobcat

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

Votes: 9

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.

Stars: Jan Pol, Ari Rubin, Diane Pol, Charles Pol

Votes: 1,300

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.

Stars: Andrew Marchevsky, Chris Brown, Lisa Chimes, Tim Faulkner

Votes: 294

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 »

Directors: Adam Geiger, Adam Geiger | Star: Dave Graham

Votes: 11

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 »

Directors: Andrea Daddi, Nadia Zanellato | Stars: Tuan Bendixsen, Sarah Dempsey, Mandala Hunter Hishikawa

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.

Directors: Hira Klatt, Marcella Muller, Angelika Sigl | Star: Volker Arzt

Votes: 73

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.

Director: Marty Stouffer | Stars: Henry Fonda, Will Geer, Marty Stouffer

Votes: 8

External Link - Wikipedia: Marty Stouffer.

27. Grizzly Man (2005)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter

Votes: 53,884 | Gross: $3.17M

IMDb External Link: 'Grizzly Man' Official Site.

28. Pandas (2018)

G | 42 min | Documentary, Short

82 Metascore

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.

Directors: David Douglas, Drew Fellman | Stars: Kristen Bell, Wen Lei Bi, Rong Hou, Ben Kilham

Votes: 571 | Gross: $2.89M

IMDb External Link: 'Pandas' Official Site.

29. Born in China (2016)

G | 79 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Chuan Lu | Stars: John Krasinski, Claire Keim, Xun Zhou

Votes: 3,564 | Gross: $13.83M

IMDb External Link: 'Born in China' Official Site. ____________________

External Link - Wikipedia: Giant panda.

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

Votes: 1,161

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.

Director: Joseph Kahn | Stars: Taylor Swift, Lauriane Gilliéron, Patrick Cronen, Scott Eastwood

Votes: 978

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.

Stars: David Attenborough, Lakshmi, Jeff Turner, Gavin Thurston

Votes: 583

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

69 Metascore

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 »

Director: Dereck Joubert | Star: Jeremy Irons

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.

Director: Daniel Huertas | Stars: Luke Allen-Gale, Craig Packer, Amy Dickman, Dave Salmoni

Votes: 719

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

Director: Bill Travers | Stars: Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, George Adamson, Terence Adamson

Votes: 255

External Links - Wikipedia

Bill Travers.

Virginia McKenna.

George Adamson.

37. Blackfish (2013)

PG-13 | 83 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg, Dean Gomersall

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 »

Directors: Suzanne Chisholm, Michael Parfit | Star: Michael Parfit

Votes: 108

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

Votes: 21

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.

Directors: Ben Bowie, Geoffrey Luck

Votes: 365

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 »

Directors: Susan Lambert, Stefan Moore | Stars: Bryan Akita, Pam Burns, Cathy Goeggel, Sally Joseph

Votes: 621

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.

Director: Amy Schatz | Stars: Lily Tomlin, Pat Derby, Colleen Kinzley, Jeff Kinzley

Votes: 451

Lily Tomlin quote: "The first thing we need to know is that the elephants need our help."

IMDb External Link: 'An Apology to Elephants' Official HBO Site.

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 »

Directors: Austin Peck, Anneliese Vandenberg

Votes: 102

External Link - Wikipedia: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

44. The Ivory Game (2016)

112 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Wildlife activists in take on poachers in an effort to end illegal ivory trade in Africa.

Directors: Kief Davidson, Richard Ladkani | Stars: Andrea Crosta, Ian Stevenson, Prince William

Votes: 2,964

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.

Director: Jakob Kneser | Stars: John Hume, Julian Rademeyer, Grace Gabriel, Eric Sagwe

Votes: 29

46. Trophy (2017)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary