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2010 Award
Disneynature: Crimson Wing - The Mystery of the Flamingo
(Disney $39.99 Score:)

Like their new release Oceans, there is magnificent film footage but the editor needed to cut some of it down a bit. It is a gorgeous film that follows the life cycle of the flamingos of Tanzania. But the narration by Melanie Finn has a solemn sound that is way slow and unvaried. Sounds a little like church or temple talk. For young viewers this is way long. Though there are similarities to the March of the Penguins, but this just doesn't have the vitality that made the Antarctic mating grounds and coming of age come alive as a story. That said it held interest to older viewers. A scene with time lapse photography showing the formation of a salt island where the nests are built is stunning and when it is deserted it has the look of a lunar landscape. If only it could be edited down and the voice could be enlivened this would have been a platinum. That said, it is still worth a rental. This is a two-Disk Blu-ray/DVD Combo. It can also be purchased as a single DVD at a lower price. 10 & up.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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