During their adventures travelling the galaxy, a puppy professor teaches two space hounds about numerous common animals on earth. The space hounds are enthusiastic to learn and very receptive of the information they receive. The film opens with the hounds in their spaceship talking to the professor—the scenery quickly changes to images and videos of […]
During their adventures travelling the galaxy, a puppy professor teaches two space hounds about numerous common animals on earth. The space hounds are enthusiastic to learn and very receptive of the information they receive. The film opens with the hounds in their spaceship talking to the professor—the scenery quickly changes to images and videos of the animals they discuss.
While the concept of space hounds is good, it’s execution could be more interesting. The whole premise is of a professor teaching his students, but the videos behind his narration do not mesh well with the idea of space travel. The professor also does not narrate the majority of the movie, which is inconsistent with the professor/student theme.
The footage of the animals on earth is good, but the animation of the space hounds lacks clarity. The audio during the animal explanations is clear, but the space hounds themselves are difficult to understand. The film seems as though an animated movie was meshed together with clips from an Animal Planet documentary. It is very discombobulated.
The information presented is educational for the most part. There are some instances, however, where minor facts are misleading. For example, the narrator describes a donkey as part of the horse family, which is true in the fact that they are both scientifically classified as Equidae. It is misleading because they present it like donkeys are the descendants of horses, not an animal that is classified in the same way.
Space Hounds references themes of evolution on multiple instances—most commonly to ages or a number of “million years ago.” This contradicts the Biblical themes surrounding God’s creation of the heavens and the earth in Genesis 1. Its themes are more scientific than they are focused on the truths found in the Bible.
Space Hounds is a fact-based movie that is great for children interested in animals. It achieves its goal of teaching the audience about plenty of various animals on earth through clear narration and an abundance of information. It presents content that allows parents to discuss the truth of creation when put against the scientific idea of evolution, making this family-friendly movie Dove-approved for All Ages.
The Dove Take:
Space Hounds is a fun way for kids to learn about all types of animals, but parents need to be aware of several evolutionary references.