“The adventure of a lifetime begins… Directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès, from an original idea by producer Alain Chabat, this film simultaneously follows four babies around the world from birth to first steps. The children are, respectively, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her family in the United States, in San Francisco. Re-defining the nonfiction art form, “Babies” joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.”
“Babies” is rated PG for cultural and maternal nudity throughout.
“Babies” is unique in that there is no narration and script. They pretty much put the babies in front of the cameras and let it roll. It’s good because it is completely unbiased and allows the audience to make their own discoveries and conclusions. But after a while it does start to feel a little bit like you’re watching home movies. It can become a tad boring after a while. And as the rating states, there are a lot of bare-breasted mothers and bare-bottomed babies. It’s all tastefully done, but it’s not something many people will want to park little kids in front of for viewing.
If you’re a parent or if you want to see something ultra-cute, then you’ll enjoy “Babies.” But note that it is “National Geographic” in style. It is babies in the wild and in their natural habitat.
The bonus features on this Blu-ray are minimal. You get to see the babies at age three, but a lot of the footage can be seen in the credits of the film. You also see the winners from a baby video and photo contest.