THE PLOT THUS FAR
In 2000 in the jungles of Panama, a young journalist, named Ana, has a chance encounter with a tiny orphaned sloth, which she names Velcro. For nearly two years, the pair is inseparable until finally Ana travels up a remote river to reintroduce Velcro back to the wild. This is the story Ana’s return to Central and South America to see how much has changed since Velcro came into her life. Sloths, once largely ignored, have become a hot topic of scientific researchers. New studies are showing that they’re not so sloth-like after all, that they have social structures, they move like primates, and that males keep small harems. Sloth sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers are also springing up throughout the Americas as development displaces these gentle creatures. Shot on location in Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia this is a story of friendship and a growing network of people working to learn more about sloths in order to protect them.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“A Sloth Named Velcro” is a story about a woman’s love for her sloth named Velcro. Over two years Velcro and the woman bonded. Their playtime opened up new areas in research, as scientists dig animals. I wish I had something smarter to say, but I spent the entire documentary making screen caps of the cool sloth action. Cute animal pictures are what power the Internet. That and weird fetish Tumblr sites, but I don’t want to mention them.
Who would’ve thought that it would be PBS to teach me that Sloths are awesome? They keep harems of women and they act like chimps. But, they’re slow and totally chill. I guess you’d have to be in South America. All that deforestation and Cannibal Holocaust going on. Mondo cinema is due for a comeback and I hate to see what will happen to these furry guys.
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for standard definition. That being said, the transfer still doesn’t get much to do. The Dolby 2.0 track keeps all channels pumping. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
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