Animals Are Beautiful People

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Paddy O'Byrne narrates this entertaining and humorous look at African wildlife from the creator of The Gods Must Be Crazy. This family film, filled with fascinating footage, compares animals and humans -- and finds much in common between the two. Filmed over four years in the Namib and Kalahari deserts and the Okavango Delta region, the movie won Best Documentary at the Golden Globes in 1975.

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Critic Reviews for Animals Are Beautiful People

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Often too cute for its own good, but overall such a pleasant change of pace from the usual documentary that it's a film worth seeing.

May 3, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Notwithstanding the excessive cuteness of the anthropomorphizing title… an entertaining, original documentary about life in the harsh conditions of southwest Africa's Namib Desert… makes fine family viewing.

Aug 29, 2003 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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Childhood classic about African wildlife. Of course the camera work and editing did not age all that well and some of the cuts are clearly cheating to tell a coherent short story, but no kid could tell back then. A humorous and fun biology lesson with cute animals and small teachings about the circle of life. Treat your child with this lovely film.

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