Animals Are Beautiful People Movie Review


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The original plan was to set my daughter up with a movie and try and get a little work done while she was watching. She loves animals, so we decided to give Animals Are Beautiful People a shot after stumbling across it on Netflix. Well, the original plan didn’t last long. I’d joined her in front of the screen within minutes of starting it.

It turned out to be one of the funniest and most charming documentaries I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t recommend it as a serious documentary about African wildlife, as there is rampant anthropomorphism and several points where the film-makers appear to have set situations up or edited together pieces of unrelated footage to make something appear funnier or more interesting than it was, but as a fun, entertaining, and mostly upbeat snapshot of wilderness life in Southern Africa, it’s a great choice for kids and adults alike. It has a wonderful score as well.

Here’s a favorite clip of a bunch of animals getting totally smashed on overripe Marula fruit:

My rating: (4 / 5)