Island of Lemurs: Madagascar parents guide

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar Parent Guide

Perhaps my only criticism is that I could have sat watching these endearing creatures a little longer and would have enjoyed more detailed information -- especially about their future prognosis.

Overall A-

Leaping Lemurs! This documentary looks at the amazing creatures that inhabit the island of Madagascar.

Release date April 4, 2014

Violence A-
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use A

Why is Island of Lemurs: Madagascar rated G? The MPAA rated Island of Lemurs: Madagascar G

Run Time: 41 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Hey! Where are those ridiculous lemurs and sassy penguins? Oops… maybe when you first saw this title, you made the same mistake I did. No, this isn’t another animated spectacle featuring escaped zoo animals with psychological hang-ups. Instead this is pure documentary material that will actually teach audiences about the incredible lemur and its unique home of Madagascar.

Narrated by the iconic documentary voice of Morgan Freeman, this movie is a visual feast of jumping, dancing, hanging and flying lemurs—thought to be one of the oldest species of mammals on earth. We also meet Dr. Patricia Wright, an American researcher who was determined to find a Greater Bamboo Lemur, a sub-species thought to be extinct.

Unlike other documentaries focused on cute, furry critters Island of Lemurs: Madagascar doesn’t get carried away with goofy jokes and a silly musical score. Instead it uses its scant 39 minutes to seriously educate its audience about these animals, which are still facing threats due to deforestation across the island. And, thanks to a lack of unnecessary objectionable content, this film is very accessible to all ages. Some very young children may have questions as to why the lemur’s home is endangered (we see people burning trees and clearing land) but there are no explicit visual details.

I had the privilege of seeing Island of Lemurs: Madagascar on an IMAX screen, but the information will still be just as relevant in a smaller size. Perhaps my only criticism is that I could have sat watching these endearing creatures a little longer and would have enjoyed more detailed information—especially about their future prognosis.

Directed by David Douglas. Starring Morgan Freeman, Patricia Wright. Running time: 41 minutes. Theatrical release April 4, 2014. Updated

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
Rating & Content Info

Why is Island of Lemurs: Madagascar rated G? Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is rated G by the MPAA

Discussion of the deforestation of Madagascar through burning. We see people burning foliage. A couple of lemurs are sedated and fitted with radio collars.
Sexual Content:
Lemurs are introduced to one another in the wild and it is explained that it is hoped they will mate and repopulate.
No profanities noted.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
No alcohol, tobacco or drug use noted.

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From the Studio:

” The film reunites Freeman with (writer) Drew Fellman, who also wrote and produced the 2011 IMAX 3D documentary “Born to Be Wild 3D,” and director David Douglas, who served as director of photography on that film.” - Warner Brothers

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Island of Lemurs: Madagascar movie is March 31, 2015. Here are some details…

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar releases to home video on March 31, 2015.

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This movie features the same writer, director and narrator as the documentary Born to Be Wild, also shot in IMAX 3D. Lemurs also make an appearance in the animated movie Madagascar.


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