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Re: 1960s Disney nature shows

Did the gentle approach of those programs poorly prepare you for the utterly merciless reality of wildlife feeding on other wildlife?

Not to mention other horrors.

I don't recall “The Wonderful World of Color” ever showing us one baby bird chucking a smaller sibling out of the nest to improve its own chances of surviving. This list goes on.

Beyond bouncy music and cute babies

It's easy to understand why TV programs of long ago didn't depict gritty reality when it came to features on animals. The sponsors back then would not have been thrilled with the thought of millions of American kids being traumatized by devastating reports on wildlife poachers or a no-holds-barred reflection of the fact predators kill for a living.

But you have to think today's kids are better served by programs that at least occasionally present evidence that nature is rough and humans are the one truly scary species.

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