THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY (1963)

Have you ever seen “Homeward Bound”? Well, that was a remake of this movie. It wasn’t too bad. There were a lot of similarities to the remake that we enjoy. The animals are fun to watch as they go on their adventure across the wilderness to find their family. The main difference with this one is instead of the animals having their own voices, there is a narrator the entire time to tell us what the animals are thinking and feeling. That got a bit boring. We like the animals having their own voices. But it was the style of Disney at the time. Overall, this movie was okay for a one time watch, but we recommend the remake from the 90s if you want to watch this story.

THE BOY WHO TALKED TO BADGERS (1975)

A boy who is his own little animal whisperer gets lost in the wilderness after he goes looking for his badger friend. A terrible storm causes him to seek shelter in a cave. The boy survives because of the badger until his family finally find him after days of searching. Another movie where you feel as though it will never end. It got boring and we just couldn’t wait for the boy to be found. Not because then he would be safe, but because then the movie would be over.

YELLOWSTONE CUBS (1963)

This movie was pretty much one long advertisement for Yellowstone National park. And, OK, I realize a lot of this must have been staged (hopefully) but people in this movie were so stupid! Do not stop and get out of your car to go feed a bear, and her cubs, marshmallows with your kids. Just don’t! There was even a moment in the movie when a lady kisses a bear on the nose. Listen, people, BEARS ARE DANGEROUS. Leave them be in the forest unless you want to be eaten. Anyway, the bears were cute and fun to watch, the people made dumb choices but overall not a bad little show to have seen once.

JUNGLE CAT (1960)

OK, what the heck!?! Jaguars are hard core. This documentary follows a family of jaguars living in the jungle. We see them hunt for food, fight off danger to protect their cubs, and pretty much attack anything that moves. They attack a crocodile for heaven’s sake. A CROCODILE!! Why Jaguar? Why? Leave that thing alone! You didn’t even eat him. Did you just kill him to prove you could? Crazy! The movie was interesting to watch but did get a little boring at times. We watched it with a 9 year old and she came and went throughout the movie. So it may not be one to watch with the kids.

GROWING UP WILD (2016)

If you have seen the previous Disney Nature films, then this movie will seem very familiar. They seem to have taken some extra footage from other nature films they have done to make a separate story about baby animals learning to survive. While the movie is interesting and not bad to watch, I think if you have seen the other ones then you don’t really need to see this one. You wouldn’t be missing too much but it does have baby animals that are just always adorable. So you decide.

SECRETS OF LIFE (1956)

   

Disney was ahead of his time once again when he did the nature documentary. He even did it before National Geographic. If you have seen the Planet Earth nature documentaries then you will understand when I say this is like those. It focuses on some of the plants and insects of the world and how they grow, work and function in nature. It actually was really interesting. The time lapse shots are just so fun to watch in my opinion. If you are one to get squeamish with bugs then this movie may be hard to watch like it was for Melissa. She said she felt like they were crawling all over her. Melissa, you are fine and so will everyone else who gives this movie a chance.

  

CHARLIE, THE LONESOME COUGAR (1967)

   

Another one of those combinations of a narrative and a nature documentary movies, Charlie is a cougar that was found and raised by a man in a northwestern logging community. Charlie is more like a pet than a wild animal, he’s everybody’s friend, but still seems to cause his fair share of mischief. But when Charlie gets lost as an adult and reverts back to his wild instincts, there is trouble when Charlie makes his way back into town. Some parts seemed a little boring and long but overall it was entertaining. It was fun to watch Charlie and also interesting to learn how loggers send their logs down the river as easier, faster transport than vehicles. Good for a one time watch and then you’re set.

  

BENJI THE HUNTED (1987)

   

A famous dog is lost at sea and eventually washes up on shore and must survive the wilderness. While there he discovers four cougar cubs left alone after their mother was killed by a hunter. Benji takes on the role of caring for the cubs awhile he tries to get them to another mother cougar that can take care of them. Overall, the movie did seem a bit long, but watching the cute dog and cubs made it worth while. Of course, just know that with watching cute animals comes the stress of wondering if they will get hurt or die.

 

KING OF THE GRIZZLIES (1970)

   

Another one of those nature/narrative stories where it feels like you are watching a documentary but there is a fictional story in there as well. This one follows the life of a bear. Beginning when he was a cub and loses his mother, the cub is rescued by an Indian who works for a cattle rancher. We then see the cub grow into a mighty grizzly and fight a rancher’s prize bull. Who will win?? The movie was interesting in some parts and boring in others. The animals are fun to watch but overall it wasn’t our favorite.

 

NIKKI, WILD DOG OF THE NORTH (1961)

   
Wow, this movie was stressful. The adventures that dog went through were FREAKING US OUT! When the dog and the bear were roped together, we freaked out. [MINOR SPOILER ALERT] When the dog almost ate poison, we freaked out. When the big bear attacked the little bear, we freaked out. When the dog was forced to fight in dog fights, we freaked the heck out! So must stress in this movie and welfare of the precious animals. The story itself isn’t the most entertaining or fun, but it is a bit interesting. If you are an animal lover and dare to watch this movie…we warned you.

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