Zo Monogatari (1980)

Run Time - 112 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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Whatever eccentricities elephants may have, they do not inform this lumbering documentary on the calm, easy-going mammals. The sun is shown setting again and again over the African plains as the elephants forage, bathe in rivers, hang out, and then repeat this procedure. Distractions take the story away from the elephants at times but there is not enough zoological or botanical information to hold interest for long. A little more in the way of stirring commentary and variations on elephant behavior might be helpful. At the same time, a little less on the mating habits of the pachyderms and the killing of animals, filmed here in living color, might make this documentary more palatable for the moppet set.