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Life 

TV-G | | Documentary | TV Mini-Series (2009)
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David Attenborough 's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview of the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated ... See full summary »
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Top Rated TV #18 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Oprah Winfrey ...  Self - Narrator (U.S. Broadcast) / ... 11 episodes, 2009
David Attenborough ...  Self - Narrator 10 episodes, 2009
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David Attenborough 's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview of the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to hunting, the deep sea and various major evolutionary groups of creatures: plants, primates and other large sections of other vertebrates and invertebrates. Written by KGF Vissers

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Four years, 3000 filming days, ten part blockbuster.

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Attenborough for Children
22 February 2014 | by roedygSee all my reviews

I was expecting this film to have a creationist slant, but it does not. It is a bit like David Attenborough for children. It has first class nature photography, but it is aimed at children with a dumbed-down narration by Oprah Winfrey and somewhat Disneyfied music. It sometimes has an odd prudishness about fish reproduction.

The creatures chosen are each bizarre and entertaining but ones I have seen before.

Some of the principles of evolution are presented, but in a subtle way. The focus is on strange animal behaviour, not how it could have evolved. I learned something new, that the schooling behaviour of anchovies is indeed very effective against predators.

It is not totally prettified. It shows flamingo chicks that died after they fell out of the nest.

I think the insect segment was most interesting with the most material I had not seen before. The jousting tournament with the surprise ending really tickled me.

There are bits of Disneyesque anthropomorphising, for example talking of insects "fighting for their dignity".

This is first rate family entertainment. I am ready to see it again already.


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12 October 2009 (UK) See more »

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