Why Dogs Smile and Chimpanzees Cry
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- Narrated by Sigourney Weaver
Top Customer Reviews
The caring of one another in animal societies is extraordinary, and shows the bonds of friendship between species of primates, meerkats, wolves, and many more.
The section on maternal love is wonderful, with one exceptional segment by wildlife photographer Martyn Colbeck who follows a herd of elephants, and captures the tremendous patience and devotion exhibited towards a recently born calf as he struggles to walk. There are many instances of incredible sacrifice, including the story of a dog who saves a young boy.
It shows how rescue dogs can show signs of depression, and rats who laugh when they are tickled. I love the chimp who is looking at Gourmet Magazine, and points to pictures of pastries and signs "sweet".
As Dr. Roger Fouts of the Chimpanzee Human Communication Institute says, the difference between us and other animals is "one of degree, and not of kind".
Produced, written and directed by Carol Fleisher, and calmly and carefully narrated by Sigourney Weaver, viewing this documentary is time well spent; it is informative as well as entertaining, but parents of young children should realize that though there is plenty of fun and frolic, it is far from being a cute animal film, and there are scenes of violence and tragedy. Total running time is 95 minutes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sometime around 1999-2001, I saw this documentary on discovery channel and just fell in love with it. I TiVo'd it, and watched it over and over without getting tired of it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Janelle Lerno
this documentary is a fascinating look at animal emotions. It is pretty undeniable that we are not alone in feelings.... affection, grief, joy, anger, frustration... all of it. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Laurie Emmer
Are we the only species that feel our hearts sing or cry with grief or run with fear?
No to all these things and this dvd clearly tells the tale of animal reality including... Read more
This video is truly amazing! To be able to actually see animal exhibiting "human" emotions. Read morePublished on January 27, 2002 by Jason J. Green