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Amazing Animals: Endangered Animals

1 rating: 5.0
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Animated pal Henry investigates recent extinctions (such as the passenger pigeon) in the hopes of finding out how animals become endangered and what we can do to stop it. The rainforest's depletion and importance are also explored.

Release Date: 1997
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Amazing Animals: Endangered Animals

Henry is an Amazing Animal

  • Jun 3, 2001
Rating:
+5
Pros: A child's version of National Geographic

Cons: A bit silly at times; many in the series

The Bottom Line: An easy to follow history lesson for the whole family on endangered animals.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.

I decided after having this video run over five times today that I would tell others about it. The video is currently available at http://www.amazon.com for $9.95. A used copy sells for $7. 96 and MySimon found it at http://bestprices.com for $7.10.

I purchased our video at a gift shop at The Los Angeles Zoo. The other day while searching through the video selection at the public library I saw a copy as well. Amazing Animals – Endangered Animals is the 1997 winner of the Golden Gate Award.

The video runs for about thirty minutes with a narrator and the animated Lizard named Henry. The voices are Nigel Greaves and Eric Meyers. This is done in 2D and 3D animation. The copyright is from 1997 by DK Vision and Partridge Films. For further information check out the website at http://www.dk.com. The video has closed captioning.

My son has pointed out to me that our video carton does not have the shark on the cover like the amazon site has. This is a series of videos on animals with thirteen currently on the market under Amazing Animals.

The video starts with Henry arriving in a vehicle in search of wild game. Henry talks to the moderator about the difference between being in danger and endangered . Henry always asks the type of silly questions that a child may so it is entertaining to watch as a family to learn about the animals that have become extinct or close to it. He learns that it is just nature’s way for some animals.

During the video Henry is making a wild life sanction and learns what various animals consume to survive in the wild. The video series is not rated but DK suggests for children between the ages of 6 and twelve. There is even a spot to send a review to DK, http://usstore.dk.com/shop/shared/product.asp?ISBN=0789421569.

Whether you call Henry a lizard or gecko he thinks he is an endangered species as well. He wants to save the animals from the land and people that are making them extinct. This video shows the Mammoth, which is my six-year old son’s favorite endangered animal.

The narrator tells about oil tankers and the danger to the whale and birds when Henry asks about the black stuff shown on the clip of them. Some of the rescued birds are too sick to survive. The video shows clips of how fishing nets get caught on whales and they drown when they cannot get up to surface. Henry gets excited when learning about various animals.

Henry has a special report on what happened to the special passenger pidgeon. He then learns what happened 400 years ago with the pidgeon’s. They were hunted to feed North America and due to the pidgeon’s killing their crops. The lesson for Henry was on how they became endangered. The last one died in a Cincinnati Zoo in 1914.

They also show how monkeys were being injured on the road that a village built a bridge for them. Learn how zebras are protected in a wildlife park and what animals do at the Zoo and how Scientists study them. The idea is to stop other species from becoming endangered.

They show a chimpanzee orphanage and talk about Pandas. Henry learns how the Tiger needs lots of room in the jungle but people are moving in to take his room and not enough animals around so they go after the people. They are also killed for their skin and bones, grounded into a powder for medicine. Thousands of animals are in danger of being extinct since their natural habitats are being destroyed due to the growing population.

You will learn about how slowly the Elephant family multiplies and how the humans are moving into their land in parts of the world. There are more resources with pollution getting into the environment and climate control plays a part of losing the animals.

There is some silly animation through the video and talk of dinosaurs and rhinos. Henry learns about spraying bugs on flowers and what it does to the butterflies. We learn about how rainforests are being destroyed. The animals that live in the forest are disappearing at an alarming rate. If the trees are taken down many animals have no home which adds to their being extinct.

Henry does a Gecko award ceremony for his favorite endangered animal, with the monkey, tiger and giant panda being the winners from third place to first. Henry gives some history on the Panda in China and how they are now working to protect the Panda. He talks about conservation groups trying to save the animals.

The sad part is that most endangered animals have no more wild to go back to, and it is up to the people to look after them and save them from extinction. The way the video is presented your family can learn all about wild animals with a history lesson. For the child that has yet to take their first trip to the Zoo this is a good start on what they will see and learn about animals.

My children are almost five and a six-year old who both enjoy the antics of Henry the lizard. My oldest son gets out his lizard and rhino and plays around while watching Amazing Animals - Endangered Animals .

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: VHS
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children up Ages 8

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