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Cane Toads: An Unnatural History [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Tip Byrne, H.W. Kerr, Glen Ingram, Bill Freeland, E.S. Edgerton
  • Directors: Mark Lewis
  • Writers: Mark Lewis
  • Producers: Tristram Miall
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: 17 July 2001
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JG6X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,469 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeb-Dog on 10 Jun 2011
Format: DVD
This documentary both changed and saved my life. Going through life as a toad licker I simply didn't realise the dangers involved. This film highlighted to me just what peril I was putting my life in. Thankfully, my good friend saw I was heading down a very dangerous path and brought me this DVD, seeing what was going down, down under, was the most eye opening thing that could of happened to me.

Once I saw this film I got my truck and baseball bat and headed to the other side of the world, it was time to take out the trash - froggy style.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Mar 2004
Format: DVD
As an owner of two pet cane toads I was eager to see what this documentary could tell me about them. As soon as it came through the door, the cellophane was of and it was playing. I can honestley say that I was not disappointed.
Apart from going into some detail about the life cycle of this ugly but lovable creature, the film itself is superbly entertaining and in some parts quite funny. If you like mice do NOT watch this film!
When my 12 year old son sees it he will love it! Can't wait to watch it with him!!!
Long live Bufo Marinus!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Example of Human Stupidity! 21 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
Cane Toads: An Unnatural History does an excellent job of illustrating just what can (and often does) happen when humans attempt to alter nature without fully researching the possible outcome. I have been using this video for several years with the middle school life science class that I teach at an independent school in Topeka, Kansas. The students love it, and they learn some important lessons in regard to our natural world and the evolution of life on the planet Earth.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is the best movie i have ever seen in science class 12 Jun 2002
By a high schooler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Okay... We we're studying ecosystems in 9th grade biology. In the middle of class my teacher totally cracks up, and tells us that we are going to have fun in class the next day. So we all come into class the next day, and surprise!!! a video about cane toads!!! Of course we were all excited(not really, we thought the teacher had gone a little whacko) but 5 minutes into the movie, every person was laughing their head off! This is the best movie i have ever seen in any science class!!! (or any classroom for that matter) IT talked aobut how everything went wrong when the cane toads were introduced into Australia, and how they now cover most of the northern part of Australia. It interviews a lot of aussies (one who is now addicted to smoking the cane toad poison and one who enjoys watching them mate... you can imagine how those two went over in a class full of high school freshman) and several scientists (one describes their mating habits) This is a totally awesome movie that had my whole class laughing (including the teacher) and also had us a little grossed out (in a good way.) Definitely buy this movie if you want a good laugh...its worth the 20 bucks!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Cane toads will crack you up! 25 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I show this video in my environmental classes and the students LOVE it!!! This is one of the cleverest, funniest natural history videos out there--I only wish there were more videos by the same writer/director. It's not really just for scientists either...there's something in there for everyone.
I've shown this video to lots of people and have yet to meet someone who didn't love it. As the DVD cover says, this is what you'd get if Monty Python made National Geographic specials. It's a bit old and dated looking, but you'll hardly notice because you'll be laughing so hard. I wish it came with subtitles because the Aussie accent is sometimes hard to follow, so you have to listen closely.
I know a few people commented on the raunchy or bizarre aspects of the video but there's nothing here that's not PG. In all, I recommend it highly! It's a delight.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HOPPING HIGH HUMOR 24 July 2001
By Robin Simmons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
In the serious opening of "CANE TOADS" we are told that in the 1930s sugar cane was one of Australia's major exports, but in North Queensland farmers had a problem that threatened their crops -- the dreaded cane grub. In some places the devastating cane grub and beetle infestation reduced crop output ratio from about 1000 tons to less than one ton. Something had to be done. At the 1932 World Conference of Sugar Technology in Puerto Rico, entomologist Raquel Dexter suggested the Bufo Marinus -- or Cane Toad -- be imported from Hawaii. The idea was that it would eat the Greyback beetle, parent of the cane grub. In 1935, 102 of these amphibious immigrants were introduced to Australia. Problem was, the cane toads ate almost everything that moved -- except the underground cane grub and the voracious cane-eating flying parent beetle. One male and female toad couple can produce over 40,000 fertile eggs in a season. Today, grapefruit-sized cane toads dominate the northern half of Queensland.
Writer and director Mark Lewis, who has cornered the market on twisted animal documentaries ("A Natural History of the Chicken, "Rat," and "Animalicious") has fashioned an unexpectedly quirky, esoteric and often hysterical film about a serious problem. Mixed in with the scientific information, much of it delivered by Monty Pythonesque but legitimate experts, are the common folk and farmers who are either devoted friends or avowed enemies of the notorious, sex-obsessed toad. Speaking of sexual obsession, you will see a love-struck male toad dodging cars to spend eight hours mating with a very dead-in-the-middle-of-the-road female. Much of the movie is cleverly photographed from the toads' point-of view.
This is a great nature film that brilliantly underscores the dangers of well-intentioned humans tampering with the natural order of things. The catchy Aussie folk song "Cane Toads a Comin'" is still ringing in my ears. Also on the disc is "Signing Off," a bonus short film about an elderly New Zealand disc jockey's last day on the job. He has been let go since research indicates his program of nostalgia tunes literally no longer has any listeners. Oh, there is one old lady. And her simple request for a favorite tune essentially ends up destroying the station and the building. A zany, weirdly sentimental masterpiece of chaos and destruction. Both films highly recommended. Yes, you will laugh out loud.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
More accurate than you think... 1 Mar 2006
By R S Cobblestone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Cane Toads - An Unnatural History, is often reviewed as a spoof. I mean, how can anything so silly be serious?!!

Unfortunately and tragically, the cane toad is a serious, serious invasive species in Australia. In fact, this month scientists published an analysis suggesting that cane toads are now spreading at a rate of 50 km/yr instead of the 10 km/yr rate decades ago. They demonstrated that cane toads in the newer populations have longer legs than those in the area originally colonized. Thus, cane toads are evolving to be even better colonizers than they were 50 years ago.

Serious? The Queensland Government takes this species seriously. They say, "Ugly and leathery-brown, the cane toad is one of Queensland's best-known feral animals. Originally introduced to control a beetle which feeds on sugarcane crops, the cane toad has thrived in Queensland's tropical and subtropical climate. It can now be found in much of Queensland and continues to spread into New South Wales and the Northern Territory. This pest's impact has been far-reaching, with the invasion of cane toads into Queensland thought to be an important factor in the decline of many native animals."

CSIRO, Australia's premer research center, is researching control methods. And check out "coqui frogs in Hawaii" to see the impacts of another invasive amphibian in Hawaii... and the coqui is only the size of a nickel! Alas, like the cane toad, the coqui also has it supporters.

So... the cane toad menace is real, the Cane Toads - An Unnatural History DVD is a humorous way of introducing a serious topic, and amphibian invasions elsewhere are serious.

Oh, and check out The Simpsons: Bart vs. Australia (season 6) for evidence that the writers of The Simpsons watched Cane Toads - An Unnatural History.
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