Review of Animals with Cameras (2018)

Moving picture, 3.0 hours

Seen in 2019.

Technician Chris Watts builds cameras and wild animals wear them, purportedly for the purposes of zoological research and conservation.

Better than Spy in the Wild (2017), in that the gimmick is more useful. However, the overzealous narration brings in a similar dishonesty. The narrator has to pretend that the results are dramatic, unexpected, new to science, and impossible to obtain by other means. The best footage is of dung beetles acting as hired help in a meerkat burrow; there is nothing particularly exciting about that. I would have liked to see a sensible script where the scientists themselves got to add their own words, and a lot more detail on Watts’ work.

moving picture non-fiction nature series