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Nature: Raccoon Nation

Narrated by Nora Young , Susan K. Fleming  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Narrated by Nora Young
  • Directors: Susan K. Fleming
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006JN878O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,781 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The question being asked in this film is Are people, in an effort to outwit raccoons, actually making them smarter and unwittingly contributing to their evolutionary success? Are the ever more complex obstacles that our fast-paced, urban world throws at them actually pushing the development of raccoon brains?

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more like raccoon planet February 12, 2012
Format:DVD
I'm a Chicagoan and this documentary said raccoons are flocking to big North American cities. However, here they are roadkill down every other street. I'm afraid of them in that I heard they can be rabid. However, while it doesn't surprise me that mice, pigeons, and maggots thrive in human environments. It shocks me that those slow-moving raccoons do. This work points to the ways that we may as well start discussing raccoons in the same breath that we bring up dolphins, octupusses, and other "smart animals."

The work said that raccoons are helped in many ways. They have opposable, hardworking front hands like we do. They are cared for and trained by their mothers like we are. They have more food sources because they are omnivorous. They are nocturnal and thus avoid human detection. But in the same way that viruses seem to get stronger each time modern scientists come up with vaccines. Raccoons in urban areas are adapting and improving mentally. Believe me: I know firsthand that the animals can knock over garbage cans and make a total mess. Moveover, this work shows them being able to open refrigerator doors, unzip tents, and climb through all kinds of stuff.

This work had an international flavor. I guess raccoons are indigenous to North America, but their importation to other places is wreaking havoc. When German scientists got folk to put blockers on the storm drains that the critters climb, they learned how to climb over those too. In Japan, raccoons are chewing up ancient shrines. Worse, their doodoo and peepee is eroding antique wooden architecture. There was a cartoon that started a raccoon craze in Japan decades ago. Foreign folk gotta be careful about appropriating each and every thing that they hear we have in the US.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful filming, confused story. August 10, 2012
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This is a fascinating account of raccoons moving into the suburbs of Toronto, Canada. It happens that large areas of Toronto are older-type construction with detached garages and fenced-in yards. These make it easy for raccoons to forage for food and find places to live. Raccoons are extremely resourceful, intelligent, have considerable physical ability and survive well in an environment like this. Food, as it happens, was plentiful. The photography was excellent. If you like "critters," you will love the filming.

On the other hand, the movie postulates the development of an urban "uber raccoon," as though this is going to be some kind of monster taking over cities and towns. They suggest that their problem-solving ability with locks and latches is almost human-like and paint a picture of a non-existent threat of super-intelligent beasts. They are admittedly very adaptive animals who are simply using their skills to exist, feed themselves and make more raccoons. This is pretty much all raccoons have ever done over millions of years. No sinister conspiracy here.

To listen to these guys you'd expect to hear of raccoons hijacking automobiles and taking over people's homes. Some of their selective filming suggests that this is on the verge of happening. In a sense this adds a bit of humor to the film, but only if you're critical enough to see through the hype. In other respects, it's just another bunch of careerist young scientists hatching up another emergency that needs a government solution, generously supplied by themselves. I found myself rooting for the raccoons.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. August 8, 2012
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This is probably as interesting as a documentary about raccoons can get.

It had some very interesting facts about raccoons that were new to me. Some unique footage as well, particularly a mother raccoon trying to help her babies get through an awkward, upside down crack in a farm shed.

The pace of the documentary slows down a bit after the middle.

Overall a pretty cool documentary about raccoons. 3.5/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raccoon urban influx June 16, 2014
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I saw this documentary on-line and definitely wanted a copy. Our neighborhood has resident raccoons, as well as coyotes, squirrels, and an occasional possum or skunk. We live in a busy city so it is quite the surprise to have this type of invasion. It was surprising to see how wily and smart those cute little rascals are! They are very agressive if cornered so take care!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great program March 25, 2014
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We taped this program on vhs a long time ago. We weren't aware one could purchase it online.The is much better on dvd. We've watched this program dozens of times. Love it is an understatement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and informative! January 18, 2014
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Got this for a Christmas present. Interesting documentary about these invading critters. Great for kids and adults alike. Fun video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My daughters favorite movie January 6, 2014
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My daughters favorite wild animal is the Raccoon, she absolutely loves this. It has everything she would want to see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it... January 2, 2014
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Terrific documentary that gives you a close-up look at the life of raccoons. If you love raccoons like I do or even if you'd just like to learn more about the animals this DVD will you out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
could not get rid of subtitles but loved it otherwise
Published 10 days ago by Sharon Aldrich
5.0 out of 5 stars "RACCOON NATION" IS NON-STOP ENTERTAINMENT AND FASCINATING EDUCATION
THE SHEER NUMBER OF RACCOONS, ESPECIALLY IN URBAN AND SUBURBAN COMMUNITIES IS ASTOUNDING, BUT NO LESS THAN THEIR INNOVATIVE AND COURAGEOUS COMMITMENT TO SURVIVAL IN OFTEN... Read more
Published 9 months ago by CONRADSDATTIR
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie!
This is a amazing movie that shows how smart Raccoons are and how well they adopt to their changing environment. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Haku Nellies
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Kids
This was a fun video to watch. I've seen it several times now and never get tired of it. Not only is it interesting, but those raccoons are just so cute you can't hardly stand... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Garnet
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative!
I bought this DVD to hopefully learn enough about them to keep them out of my bird feeders. They are so cute but so pesky and very wiley. Read more
Published 18 months ago by ScrapbookGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Raccoon Nation PBS Nature
This is a fantastic show about raccoons. Too many people think they are scarey creatures, but they can be adorable. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Nimue
5.0 out of 5 stars Raccoon Nation
This documentary is very well done. Raccoons are very smart. Raccoons have learned to adapt to their shrinking natural habitat. This is well worth watching. Read more
Published 22 months ago by pythontia
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