Jane Goodall's When Animals Talk (2008) Review
(More customer reviews)This is a wonderful documentary about animal communication. It tells the anecdotes of pet owners and others who have managed to communicate with animals, as well as the amazing abilities of those animals. Even for those of us who already understand that animals can communicate, this film is a powerful reminder of how much we do not know about animals and how much we have yet to learn from them.
One of the most amazing studies was with dogs who had the ability to sense tumors. The dogs accurately identified which tissue sample out of seven had cancer over 95% of the time. The dogs even correctly indicated that a tissue sample from a supposedly healthy patient did have cancer. Since the doctors had cleared that particular patient, the dogs probably saved his life.
Another great scene involved a Grey Parrot who not only talked, but conversed. He seemed to understand what to say to people at certain times and had garnered a vocabulary of over 1,000 words. Upon meeting Jane Goodall, he even asked her if she brought any chimps (and subsequently made chimpanzee grunts).
As with many documentaries of this nature, I found this to be a bit too short and sometimes too much filler (too many dog owners saying how much they love their pets). However, don't let that discourage you - there's still a lot to learn from this documentary.
If you liked the DVD, you might also be interested in: Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals
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Just like any pet owner, Jane Goodall believes that all animals can talk -- it's just that we don't always understand what they're saying. When Animals Talk recounts the amazing stories of animals that have changed the lives of the people they've touched. We witness how animals can learn our language and find unique human-animal partnerships that make the world a better place. We also will discover how we humans can learn the languages of animals through science. We will listen in on the "conversations" that can take place between animals and humans, and the amazing results that these mutual comprehensions can yield. Dr Goodall's message is that communicating with animals brings humankind closer to another world, and that such liaisons can bring about unexpected benefits to both.