[Note: This review of "Why Don' We Ride Zebras" appeared in the Nevada City Advocate newspaper as part of a set of reviews for the 8th Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival.]
ďWhy Donít We Ride ZebrasĒ is not a perfect example of an educational film, but itís pretty close.Itís fun. Itís clever. Itís short (12 minutes). Itís focused.Itís sound in structure and pace.Itís does a fine job of photographing an array of animals and mixes in a little cartoon silliness.It teaches its topic well.
In its title and at its heart, the film asks an interesting question.Really, why donít we ride zebras?On its way to answering this question, you learn some new things. You receive a neat bundle of characteristics and context about animals weíve domesticated and animals we have not.
Domesticated animals share seven characteristics.If they havenít exhibited all seven over manís long history of bending other species to their bidding, they donít belong in the domesticated animals Hall of Fame.
I wonít spill the educational beans.See this film. Youíll enjoy learning the seven characteristics and the one that zebras donít have.That one thing is ďWhy Donít We Ride Zebras.Ē