Born in China Movie Review | Safe for Kids? #BornInChina
Does your family love nature documentaries? Disney’s Born in China movie is coming out this April – the seventh release for Disneynature films. Narrated by John Krasinski, Disney takes us into the heart of China’s vast landscapes and unique animal species. But is this film safe for kids to see? A full non-spoiler movie review for parents, I go deeper into the story, the visuals, and of course, that G rating to see to help you decide if you should take your children to see Born in China in theaters.
Unlike the usual Disneynature storyline, Born in China follows multiple animals with multiple stories that don’t cross over. This is great for kids with short attention spans – they are able to bounce around between pandas, cranes, snow leopards and monkeys all within one movie. John Krasinski’s voice is a great addition too, fits right into the character of the film. However, as a Disneynature film lover, I found it harder to connect with the animals in the film. One of the great aspects of Disneynature documentaries is the story and how they are able to create unique and impressive storylines that have the audience falling in love with the animals – aka making you more likely to help protect the animals and their habitats. With more of a quick overview of each animal species, I felt disjointed from the main characters – even finding their names more “forgettable.” But does the story distract me from the overall amazingness that is Disneynature? Nope, not in the slightest.
Because the biggest aspect of Disneynature films comes with the filming of the outstanding visuals themselves. The hard work, the beautiful landscapes, the changing seasons, the wild animals in their natural habitats – that’s why I keep coming back to watch again and again. And yet again, Disneynature’s Born in China goes above and beyond my expectations when it comes to the visuals on screen. The detail, the colors, the creative shots, the never-before-seen footage of animals continues to impress audiences – and yes, even this mom. You cannot help but watch in amazement. You just can’t.
That G Rating
Let me remind you, this is a NATURE documentary. As with all nature films, there are aspects of nature that cannot be controlled – like life and death. While Disneynature does a great job making death a more sensitive/gentle topic for kids watching these films, there is a good chance that your child will ask you if the animal is “sleeping” or why the animal is covered in snow. And yes, this is a main animal that you are following. So be prepared for that conversation – I definitely was asked by my 4-year old.
There are certainly moments in the film as well where the action gets “hyped” with intense music choices, that had my daughter grabbing for my arm. A few fights and a few open wounds are present as well. Again, Disney does a great job making sure the movie isn’t overly bloody or gory or gross. And if they love animals and are able to watch PBS documentaries, definitely safe for them. My 4-year old and 8-year love Disneynature films. They look forward to them ever spring.
For families that love nature films, this movie fits right in with the Disneynature repertoire. In one word, stunning, Disney brings the beauty of China to the screen in a way that every family can appreciate.
Help Do More for China’s Pandas and Snow Leopards
And as always, I love how Disneynature makes sure that your movie ticket does so much more. Everyone that sees Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born in China” during its opening week (April 21-27, 2017) will help support the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Based on opening-week attendance, Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the WWF to help protect wild pandas and snow leopards in China.
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See Disneynature’s newest nature film, Born in China, in theaters starting April 21st! Does your family love Disneynature films as much as mine?
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