discussion about animal intelligence and emotions has been heavily
debated throughout the ages and like a rollercoaster, these ideas have
come and gone, especially when religion is involved. Of course, this is
where Humanimal comes into the picture and whether mankind has misjudged
this sometimes humble creatures known as animals.
documentary goes into detail about the possibility that animals are more
intelligent than we believe and that like humans, they have a wealth of
emotions. Iíve also believed that animals have emotions and one only
needs to look at our pets to see how they react to a variety of
different situations. For example, my own dog has been sad, happy, bored
and excited to name a few of the facets that she has displayed. This
documentary is not fiction but rather a carefully collected depository
best part of this documentary is that it uses both scientific evidence
and anecdotes to portray the theme of this series as we are taken on a
very interesting journey about a plethora of animals that have to some
extent been integrated into society.
already know that animals can learn and memorise and that some species
have their own language but throughout this documentary, we discover
that animals can dream and even adapt themselves to certain situations
and whether this is primal defence mechanism or an act of higher
intelligence, the series opens up the doors for further debate.
Another interesting part of this documentary is that apart from modern
evidence such scientific studies or investigations into the behavioural
observations, it also uses historical evidence such as how certain cultures
hold certain animals in high regard to make this series even more
compelling. With so much evidence presented in
this series, itís hard not to get caught up and truly believe because
next time you see that dog or dolphin, youíll be looking at them in a
different light as opposed to just another animal.
Humanimal comes on 2-discs and is presented in widescreen
with Dolby Digital 2 and is probably a little lacking in terms
of video quality compared to some other releases, more specifically from
the BBC. Even so, it
successfully manages to get the message over to the viewer and after 250
minutes of thoroughly interesting information, I found this documentary
one of the best that I have seen all year. Recommended!