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Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1987)

Director: Mark Lewis, Mark Lewis
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: First Run Features
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 65 min.
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This film is a study of the cane toad, introduced into Australia in 1935 to control a beetle infestation that was destroying the country's sugar cane fields. The cane toad ate the beetles -- and everything else. With no natural predator to withstand its poison, the 100 original cane toad settlers soon took over the entire northern half of the vast continent of Australia. The film observes the toad's odd and often hilarious behavior and habits. Scientific commentary is balanced with fervently held opinions by local farmers on what to do about the cute but destructive cane toad. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

Best nature documentary ever made by nate April 30, 2004 - 5:21 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
My expectations were high and it lived up to those expectations. My fiancee (who saw it many times in college) says it is the best documentary ever made, and while I might not go that far, it would be my contender for best nature documentary ever.

It's walks the fine line between being a serious science piece and a parody of the same. The exciting part is that it manages to be both: hilarious and informative. The closest comparison for me would be the naked mole rat scences in Errol Morris's "Fast Cheap and out of Control". But even that didn't have custom written folk songs about cane toads!

"Cane toads are coming, cane toads are coming, Main roads are humming with the cane toad blues..."

Invasion Ecology at It's best - With a bonus short by kicza October 13, 2003 - 9:03 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Cane Toads does a decent job at showing why we as humans should not move one species of animal to an area that it is not native to. Produced in the late 80?s this documentary does a decent job at telling the story both pro and con of a tragic mistake made in the 1930s. By the end of the film you may even have a soft spot in your heart for the ugly amphibians. Then again you may want to run them all down with your car as well. Off beat and enjoyable! ------- There is a short film titled ?Signing Off? on this DVD as well that takes place in and around a radio station and DJ in the early 60s who no longer has a job playing the songs of yesteryear thanks to the British Invasion of the Beatles. Not a groundbreaking film but cute and enjoyable none the less.

worth a watch by Mauler September 24, 2003 - 1:59 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This is an offbeat documentary that manages to educate you about the issue of introduced species in a humorous way. My only problem with this DVD is the poor quality of the transter. It looks like the original they copied is not in such great condition so you end up with a DVD that looks like VHS.

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