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Age by Age Review For: To the Arctic
To the Arctic
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Best For Tweens (10-12)
Rated G
Age-By-Age Guide
Educational | Life Lessons
Meryl Streep narrates this IMAX documentary about the polar bears, seals, and caribou that struggle to survive in the harshest place on Earth.

The most effective way to teach lessons to kids is through animals, and this powerful documentary demonstrating the effects of climate change on three different species is likely to inspire a new generation of activists. "As mothers," says narrator Streep, "the greatest gift we can pass on to our children is a healthy planet." Tweens will admire the polar bear mom who bravely saves her cubs, and will realize that, despite her heroic efforts, humans are the only ones who can save their disappearing home.
Baby (0-2)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Preschool (3-5)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Kids (6-9)
Maybe Although younger children will fall in love with the polar bears and will smile watching the cubs playing and wrestling with each other, they will find it upsetting when a cub dies during a long swim and when a bear family makes a meal out of a seal. Older kids will be fascinated to learn that 30 degrees below zero is the normal temperature during an Arctic winter--and is considered "lovely weather for polar bears!" They'll also find it interesting that 150,000 years ago, brown bears settled in the Arctic, adapted to the environment and turned white!
Tweens (10-12)
Yes Tweens, who have heard a lot about climate change and global warming, may be shocked to see it in action as filmmakers capture the melting ice and the transformation of glaciers into massive waterfalls. They will realize that human actions have left many animals literally floundering on thin ice, and that the future of these magnificent creatures lies in our hands.
--Lois Alter Mark, the Flicks for Kids Expert
DVD Features
The combo pack comes with Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and digital copies of the movie. The DVD includes two short features, "Pristine" and "Welcome to the Arctic," plus "Behind the Scenes: A Polar Bear Family." The Blu-ray adds "The Challenge of Filming in the Arctic," "Life Under Water" and "To the Arctic with Meryl Streep."
Points For Parents
Movie Pluses

  • Encourages conservation
Movie Minuses

  • The death of a polar bear cub
  • A seal becomes dinner for a polar bear family