The Animal is a four-part documentary about nature that accompanies a family of various wild animals in times of danger, protection, survival, and more. Different big cats move slowly through their habitat. Each episode features a well-known narrator – Rashida Jones, Brian Cranston, Pedro Pascal, Rebel Wilson for the first season – and uses the latest technology to make films about nature.
Narrator Rashida Jones says, “Nothing stimulates our imaginations like big cats.
The first episode is regarded to the “Big Cats” and travelling the world to show different species of big cats in their natural habitat. Lion pride lurks in Botswana and catches wildebeest. We actually see a lioness hunting alone at night using the same night vision technology that Plimsoll Productions used in the Night On Earth 2020 series. The lioness has to fight a family of hyenas after killing them, but she also has the support of her pride.
The show also goes to the jungle in Thailand to feature a dressed leopard, one of the more agile big cats that can still climb trees. In Africa, baby tigers learn to hunt by playing with their siblings, and the leopard almost loses his life. The lion’s pride is threatened by a wandering man who intends to take over and kill his cubs. And in the Himalayas, the mother of the snow leopard shows how she can climb cliffs thousands of meters high to hunt.
The first season of four episodes of Animal featured big cats, dogs, marsupials, and an octopus. None of these topics is new. And much of what we see in episodes is what we see on other nature shows. This show stands out because of how close the film crew. All local due to COVID travel restrictions. That are to the different species thanks to updated technology.
We don’t usually appreciate showing shows on newer TVs.
Because not all of our readers have or want to buy a new TV (to date, we’ve seen most TVs on 32-inch screens since 2008…. Really!). But if there’s ever been a show that uses technology like 4k and HDR, it’s Animal. Look on your computer or phone or your old TV, and it will look great. But on a 4k TV, colours pop and close-up details are visible. And some shots seem to have depth despite being two-dimensional.
For example, the show attempts to weave a story. Especially with the following families regularly returning to pride during Big Cat episodes. This story, backed by an eminent narrator, changes the drama slightly. But we’re sure you’ll be more interested in the visualization than anything else.
The series has a PG TV rating; we see tigers having sex and more than one image of lions. And other big cats feasting on freshly killed carcasses. The fur around their mouths covered in blood. Even if you have children close to nature. This can be too intense for a child under the age of 9. Boys are raised by their mothers. “All big cats live in danger and drama. But as long as we are giving them the freedom they need, these beautiful animals will live,” said Jones.
The Animal caught our interest through its stunning photography, but the energetic and family stories helped keep things moving.
While watching this series, my imagination wasn’t that sparked:
However, like my personal sense of inadequacy. As a five-month-old snow leopard lurks on a narrow ledge above a terrifying gorge in the Himalayas, I reflect on my mistake. I’m not vertigo-free, nor do I have a tail to counterbalance, let alone colourful claws that are so cute. As for the dinner competence, I did recently loose the will to live when there was a space on the supermarket shelf where oatmeal should be.
Nothing cheers me up in this series more than the little one furiously waving his paw at the newly inaccessible ibex. A brood slaughter that oversees the development of the offspring’s hunting skills. I don’t know if Capricorns who cheat on death can give their peers a high five, but maybe not. And don’t do shows about ibex or reindeer. Just as a loser never writes history, animal documentaries rarely provide perspective on their prey. If people were more compassionate, we’d make documentaries – not about the thrill of murder but the horror.