Sir David Attenborough takes us on a journey through the weird and wonderful world of frogs, shedding new light on these charismatic, colorful and frequently bizarre little animals through first-hand stories, the latest science, and cutting-edge technology. Frogs from around the world are used to demonstrate the amazing adaptations and survival techniques that have made them the most successful of all amphibians.


“Fabulous Frogs” plays like a lite BBC documentary, but it’s on PBS. The hour long focus on frogs is typical for these presentations. You get a basic history, a quick examination and then a discussion of the frog’s anatomy. There are a lot of talking heads, but we also get to see the latest science in the matter taken into consideration. Luckily, we don’t get too many forced CG displays.

The world of frogs might not seem fascinating, but it’s the small details of the microcosms that always captures my attention with these documentaries. While I appreciate that there was ample amounts of time dedicated to watching frogs have sex and fight. But, it doesn’t take up the entire hour running time. If you’re a kid or someone that’s easily bored, then you really won’t care to watch this. That being said, I’m a sucker for the nature aesthetic and I enjoy watching animals frolic about the wilderness. Watching the frog parents carry their tadpoles on their back was something that I’ve never seen before. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a ton of time dedicated to the parentage issue.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is typical when compared to past PBS Nature HD releases. The Dolby Surround 5.1 track carries the ambient noise. Plus, the transfer is superb in 1080p HD. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to nature fans.

RELEASE DATE: 09/02/2014

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