As a result, Roving Mars is an engaging, well-made film that will interest even young children, provided parents are willing to narrate what is happening on-screen (and maybe fast-forward past the ‘boring’ parts, for very young viewers).  My five-year-old was positively riveted, and immediately declared that she wanted to be a scientist.  (Of course, a few weeks ago, she wanted to be a princess, so I haven’t started downloading M.I.T. applications just yet.)

Roving Mars would also make an excellent educational tool for home-school groups, especially if the kids were first prepared with lessons about the planets and/or space exploration.  Don’t forget the additional DVD features, which include short educational films.  And be sure to remind them as well that one day, one of their peers will probably be the first man to walk on Mars.  It might even be them.

AUDIENCE:  All ages

DVD EXTRAS: 

  • Mars: Past, Present & Future
  • Marks and Beyond (1957)

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  None.
  • Language/Profanity:  None.
  • Sexual Content/Nudity:  None.
  • Violence:  None.