The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

2008 G 1h 18m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

2008 G 1h 18m Blu-ray / DVD
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One million crimson-winged flamingos battle for survival across the breathtaking backdrop of Lake Natron in northern Tanzania in this sumptuously photographed Disney documentary, a directorial debut for filmmakers Matthew Aeberhard and Leander Ward.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
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age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that in addition to the portrayal of the flamingos' inspiring way of life in a challenging environment, there are potentially frightening and sad scenes that show the predatory nature of the birds' enemies (storks, mongeese, etc.). In three separate sequences baby chicks are stalked, chased, and killed. On other occasions, the terrain itself victimizes the young birds and some are left behind to die. This is not a light-hearted or humorous look at one of nature's creatures, but a serious, earnest study that patient kids interested in nature will enjoy.

Sexual Content

One very brief scene shows male and female flamingos mating.


Predators kill and carry off several flamingo chicks. A number of the youngest birds do not survive the harsh realities of their environment. They are trapped and/or encumbered by the thick salt of the terrain.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

A close study of nature reveals mysteries, miracles, and beauty. Though some realities of the natural world are harsh, an overwhelming number of creatures are able survive, thrive, and reproduce, even in nearly uninhabitable environments.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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