DVD - 2010
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Follows four babies from different parts of the globe as they navigate their first year of life. Features Ponijao from Namibia, Bayarjargal from Mongolia, Hattie who lives in San Francisco, and Mari from Tokyo.
Publisher: [United States] : Universal, [2010]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (79 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Universal Pictures (Firm)


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gribbles Sep 26, 2013

Fascinating look at the cross cultural similarities and differences of raising babies. Very entertaining.

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Sep 30, 2017

This documentary is much more than "just a cute baby video," as it follows 4 different children from 4 different parts of the world. You get to see how different everyone's cultures are in raising their children, and how babies are able to adapt and learn from their surroundings. This documentary is catered to observing the developing infant, from birth to toddlerhood, and the only "graphic" portion was the birthing scene from the Mongolian mother, which was less than a minute long from the whole documentary. You get to see that overall, there are so many similarities across developing children, and I appreciated that there was very little dialogue.

This is NOT suitable for all ages. Whoever is saying that probably feels bad they they let their kid watch this INCREDIBLY graphic movie.

This movie is more graphic than most rated R movies and that is the truth. It shows EVERYTHING in the most disgusting way. I'm an adult woman and I almost vomited while watching this. Just because the movie is "educational" doesn't mean it can't corrupt children. I can handle the breastfeeding and birth but the GRAPHIC HORRIFYING FECES and everything else is couldn't keep watching. This is wrong.

I can't believe how filthy and unsanitary babies (and their moms) can be. I just feel nauseous and saddened after watching a few minutes of this horror movie.

If you want to see cute baby videos, go on Google, YouTube, a book, ANYWHERE but in this DVD.

Mar 26, 2017

I watched this with my Kindergarten aged daughter. She does not tend to enjoy nonfiction or documentaries but was hooked by the cute babies. I believe that by the end of the doc she learned that people have different ways of doing things in different parts of the world, and that the way that her world looks is not the only way.

Nov 02, 2016

To say that "Babies", a documentary about (what else?) babies, could have been a whole lot better would truly be an understatement like you wouldn't believe.

Covering the very first year in the development of 4 babies born and living in different cultures from around the world (Africa, Mongolia, Japan, USA) - "Babies" was a pretty mundane presentation that lost this viewer's undivided attention within its first 15 minutes.

Repetitive and boring (for the most part) - The one thing that quickly raised my concern in this presentation was the bad treatment that each of these apparently cute and adorable rugrats inflicted on the family cat in their home and that no one stepped in to calmly teach these gurgling small-fry to do otherwise.

Oct 19, 2016

(*Most often-repeated baby-quotes*) - "Goo-goo! Ga-ga!" and "Gurgle-gurgle-gurgle!"

Seriously, folks - When it comes to babies - Whether you call them rugrats, ankle-biters, sprogs, or sweetie-pies - You can be certain of one thing that they all do best.... And, that is - Cry! - OK - They crawl pretty good, too. (As is clearly evident in this documentary)

Hey! Now, don't get me wrong here - I ain't no baby-hater - Well, I ain't - But, for me to say that this documentary about babies could have been a helluva lot better would be an understatement of the highest order..... To me, this documentary was like being forced to watch boring baby home-videos for 80 solid minutes without any commercial breaks to help alleviate the monotony of it all.

Yeah. Sure. Babies are undeniably cute, little critters - But, with that said - (As my eyes glaze over) - The point of this documentary got totally lost on me after its first 15 minutes. It's documentation of 4 babies from 4 different cultures literally went nowhere.

ktnv Oct 19, 2016

This is a lovely film. So interesting to see the families from the 4 different countries and how they respond to the babies. I loved seeing the Mongolian and Namibian families which are so different from how we raise children in North America.

Jun 22, 2016

I watched it and it surprisingly held my attention through to the end. Not for those looking for action or thrillers, but if you adore babies and curious about how they develop around the world you'll enjoy it.

Mar 17, 2015

My daughter and I watched this over and over again when she was 5 and 6. She loved to see the babies in different cultures.

Oct 20, 2014

I liked this film and the concept of the universality of kids' development even though not all of them have the benefit of classes or the latest in fancy toys / products. i would have liked it to be even more universal (maybe add a south american and/or middle eastern child?) but the theme still comes through.

Oct 19, 2014

it's a nice film, going to borrow it again. We watched it with our baby when he was 3 months - he liked it. It will be interesting to see what his reaction is going to be when he is 1 year old.

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Follows four babies from different parts of the globe as they navigate their first year of life. Features Ponijao from Namibia, Bayarjargal from Mongolia, Hattie who lives in San Francisco, and Mari from Tokyo.


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Sexual Content: Some female nudity


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