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Age by Age Review For: Planet Ocean
Planet Ocean

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Best For Tweens (10-12)
Not Rated
Age-By-Age Guide
Educational | Life Lessons
Home director Yann Arthus-Bertrand presents a visually stunning documentary about the source of all life--and how human beings are destroying it.

Josh Duhamel narrates this gorgeous piece of filmmaking, which unfortunately, will probably not hold the interest of most kids. It's got such an important message to share about what we are doing to the key to our own survival, but to younger viewers especially, it will simply feel like a way-too-long science lesson. The photography is so beautiful, though, they may appreciate it more by muting the sound and watching their TV transform into a breathtaking aquarium.
Baby (0-2)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Preschool (3-5)
This movie is intended for older children.
Kids (6-9)
Maybe There's nothing inappropriate for kids in this age group--and there are some creatures like the scorpion fish, spider crabs, and color-changing octopi that will leave them awestruck--but the movie is a slow-moving hour and a half and it covers more than most of them would ever want to know about the ocean.
Tweens (10-12)
Yes The narration tends to get a bit over-dramatic, and it's disconcerting when Duhamel switches back and forth from "we" to "I," but this is a documentary every tween should see. The devastating shots of the plastic and garbage found inside dead sea birds are more shocking, and are far more powerful than all the words about how we are poisoning ourselves and headed toward catastrophe. Audiences of all ages should take this as a wake-up call and pay attention to the solutions offered at the end.
--Lois Alter Mark, the Flicks for Kids Expert
DVD Features
The Blu-ray includes three "making of the movie" bonuses, including "In the Skies Above Rio," "Underwater" and "Shanghai."
Points For Parents
Movie Pluses

  • Encourages conservation
  • Teaches kids about the role the ocean plays in everyone's lives
  • Offers history and science lessons
Movie Minuses

  • None