A chance to share Jacques Cousteau with your kids

Several months ago when we talked about the new  wonderful wildlife series “Life,” and many of you commented about how much you enjoyed the old Jacques Cousteau series. Well here’s your chance to share the series with your kids.

To celebrate the great undersea explorer’s birthday, Turner Classic Movies (TCM on Comcast 69) is airing a 20-hour marathon of Cousteau documentaries. The movies begin tomorrow (Friday) at 6 a.m. and run all day! So set your DVR’s tonight.  The episodes include searching the Nile, the Mediterranean, searching for Atlantis and Greek ruins off of Crete. (Walsh will love all of these!)

From TCM’s Web site:

“The Cousteau birthday itself, June 11, includes a twenty-hour marathon of documentaries in which he participated. All are TCM premieres, including six episodes of The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau dating from 1968 to 1974, and twelve episodes of The Jacques Cousteau Odyssey, an Emmy-nominated 1977 television series featuring the research adventures of the man called ‘the public conscience of mankind’s stewardship of our oceans.’ ”

“Also premiering is an award-winning documentary about Cousteau. Jacques Cousteau: The First 75 Years (1986), directed by John Soh and narrated by Jose Ferrer, documents the explorer’s life from birth and childhood to his 75th birthday. ”

“The remainder of the TCM tribute is composed of sea-themed movies from other directors, ranging from Lucien Hubbard’s The Mysterious Island (1929), adapted from a Jules Verne story, to the TCM premiere of Peter Yates’ The Deep (1977), adapted by Peter Benchley from his novel. The latter film, starring Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset as scuba divers who find buried treasure off the Bermuda coast, has gorgeous underwater cinematography by Christopher Challis — worthy of Cousteau himself — that features a variety of exotic aquatic life including moray eels, puffer fish and tiger sharks.”

“Other deep-sea adventures include Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953), filmed in CinemaScope off the coast of Florida by Edward Cronjager, who earned an Oscar® nomination for his beautiful and innovative underwater photography, and two more Verne adventures, Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and MGM’s Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969). Also included is the original Flipper (1963), which brought wide public interest to the dolphin, a marine mammal that Cousteau championed in his writings and photography.”

49 comments Add your comment

Photius

June 10th, 2010
12:06 pm

Type 89 words – cut & paste – go back to being a suburban housewife. It’s hard work blogging…..

penguinmom

June 10th, 2010
12:12 pm

@Photius – seriously? You took the time to count her words? being a troll is really hard work.

Thanks Theresa, I saw these were going to be on and was planning on DVR’ing a couple.

David S

June 10th, 2010
12:13 pm

The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau is exactly how children and adults should experience the wonders of the deep. Either that or directly via snorkeling or scuba diving.

I encourage every parent to see these shows with your children and to make a solemn promise never to visit ANY aquariums. Aquariums are just giant water-filled prisons for fish and whales.

Can you possibly imagine what an animal must go through when it finds itself taken from a habitat as big as the globe and confined to the equivalent of a 6×6 cell? The whale sharks and other large creatures at the GA prison are nothing more than the victims of greed and consumer ignorance and they are all slowly paying the price with their own lives, one by one.

Embrace Jacques Cousteau and boycott aquariums.

YUKI

June 10th, 2010
12:16 pm

So, David S. Let me guess. When you are being superior to the rest of us by homeschooling your kids, you don’t take them on field trips to the aquarium? HHmmmmm

JJ

June 10th, 2010
12:18 pm

I saw them when the originally aired, and will definately set my DVR to record this wonderful series.

Thank you Theresa. I don’t watch a lot of tv during the summer and toyed with the idea of cutting cable for the summer. I haven’t even turned the tv on since last Saturday to check the weather…..
But I will definately be setting the DVR tomorrow night. I guess I have to delete some stuff to make room.

JJ

June 10th, 2010
12:19 pm

David S. I agree with you. I just hate to see those beautiful fish in those tanks, especially the whate sharks, they all need to be in their habitat, not in a glass viewing center. I also can’t stand to see birds in cages, or fresh lobsters at the grocery store..I want to set them all free!!!!!! RUN AWAY, RUN AWAY…

JJ

June 10th, 2010
12:20 pm

YUKI – I don’t think he was “being superior”. We all have our own opinions and he doesn’t like caged animals. That’s ok…..I don’t go to the Zoo, does that make me a snob?

FCM

June 10th, 2010
12:33 pm

I was wondering if David S also boycotted the zoo.

Our houses are just glorified cells that imprision the Human and crush their spirit. Let’s all go back to living in caves (without HVAC or dish, running water, etc).

Last time I checked...

June 10th, 2010
12:35 pm

…neither the whale shark nor the others said a word about being inside…

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Becky

June 10th, 2010
1:05 pm

So Photius, even if this is what Theresa does, what’s the big deal as long as you aren’t signing her paycheck? Are you jealous that she can get paid to do this? I don’t know all that she has to do for her job, but I think there is a lot about it that I like and would love to be able to do..

I like JJ, saw most of these when they were on originally and am looking forward to seeing them again.. JJ, I don’t go to the zoo here because it’s not that great..Went to the National Zoo a few years back and it soured me to ours here..

FCM..Never thought about our houses being a cell, but it makes sense..Is this why people are building bigger and bigger houses everyday?

FCM

June 10th, 2010
1:41 pm

@ Becky…sure houses are cells….I grant I said it in jest but in most jokes their is some grain of truth.

Even the most opulant of cells (palaces, mansions, park ave penthouses) are still prisions. Think of the huge houses that hollywood starlets have, yet the paparazzi sits outside the gate or flies overhead spying on them.

On a much smaller scale we middle folk build houses. We cram them with computers, video games, tv, pools, etc. We build fences around our yards. We fill them with reasons to stay home. In many ways they are people prisions. We do invite folks over who can “glimpse” at our lives much like a zoo exhibit.

It is not a new concept. Just a different way of looking at a very old one.

As Shakespeare wrote

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players”

We could be dust in the wind. We could be many things. Truth is what we are we often hide in a cage.

motherjanegoose

June 10th, 2010
1:44 pm

I will not be home to record this special as I am heading to MONTANA!

@ Becky…I have been to many zoos, while the kids were little. The Atlanta zoo is my least favorite. I went years ago and have not been back since, perhaps it is different now?
I like the San Antonio Zoo, the Milwaukee Zoo, National Zoo, and the San Diego Zoo.

I have not been to the Atlanta Aquarium. I do not like the one in Chattanooga. Years ago, I took my son to the New Orleans Aquarium and it was awesome. ( hello to the rude poster who mentioned my kids never getting to do anything since they were not allowed to jump on a trampoline) My kids also loved the Aquariums in Maui and Honolulu…much more open as they are adjacent to the ocean. Oh yeah, we also went to the Sea Life Center in Alaska.

@ FCM..methinks many of those who are confined to an actual prison cell would give anything to live in a. “cell” with a back door that allows them to come and go as they please. I suppose animals are not allowed to do this but most of us who live in houses are.

I personally like the fact that I can go to sleep and night and not worry about critters crawling over me or the elements affecting me, as I am in a temperate environment. Mabe this is why I do not like camping…that and the fact that I do like my own clean and functional bathroom….LOL.

FCM

June 10th, 2010
1:48 pm

MJG correctional facilities are a different breed of prision if you will. One usually well earned by it’s inhabitants.

My point, and Becky seems to get it, is that we cannot live in Eden. The only place I have ever heard where roaming animals and people are beleived to be able to co-exist peacefully. So until the Lion and Lamb can lay side by side again, we are have choices to make. We can build the various prisons, or we can war with each other.

JJ

June 10th, 2010
1:52 pm

I’m glad I re-read Theresa’s article to see that the documentary starts at 6 in the MORNING…..

JATL

June 10th, 2010
2:04 pm

Yipppeeeee! I can’t wait -I’m clearing the DVR for these babies! My oldest will really enjoy them as well.

As far as zoos and aquariums -it would be fantastic if we all lived in an ideal world where every living thing could roam free with no problems, but in our world today, if we want to keep interest generated in these creatures -enough to contribute and vote for people and policies to keep them from going extinct -then many more people and kids need access to them. It’s great if you or I can go diving or snorkeling or take a photographic safari trip to Africa or the Amazon -even better if we can take our kids -but millions of kids and adults will NEVER go anywhere even remotely exotic. Some won’t even leave the state. Many also don’t have parents and won’t receive the kind of education that will interest them in the environment and saving species, SO places like the aquarium and the zoo really help! When people see how amazing the gorillas at the zoo are -it makes their plight a little more personal. Same for the ocean dwellers (and great interest in preserving our oceans is imperative) . You don’t have to go, but we always really enjoy it.

@MJG -not sure when the last time you went to the Atlanta zoo was, but it’s changed DRASTICALLY since the 70s and 80s. It was awful then -and it was very much like a prison -but it’s far different today.

JATL

June 10th, 2010
2:08 pm

oops -meant to say “parents who will teach them anything or ever show them a tv show about nature or animals or the ocean.”

motherjanegoose

June 10th, 2010
2:11 pm

JATL….I think the last time I went was in 2000? My kids are too big to do the zoo thing with me now…LOL.

One more thing…I love snorkeling and so do my kids. It is wonderful!

penguinmom

June 10th, 2010
2:24 pm

@MJG – The Atlanta Zoo isn’t perfect but I find it enjoyable. Took a bunch of middle/high schoolers there in April and everyone had a great time.

I personally like the Chattanooga Aquarium more than the Georgia one. It’s in two buildings (which is a little bit of a pain) but I thought it was more enjoyable because it seemed to be more extensive. I can do the entire Ga Aquarium in less than 2 hours, only gets extended by sitting in front of one of the large viewing windows.

I agree with JATL, I think the aquariums and zoos are excellent way to get kids interested in helping endangered animals. Without zoo breeding programs there would be some species of animals that would be more endangered than they are. The animals are fed, cared for and don’t have to worry about predators.

Uconn

June 10th, 2010
2:38 pm

to the point of zoos and aquariums having those animals. I HATE it… I really do. I really do not think that if they did not exsist we would be overrun with wildlife. Yes I do know that they rehab animals and bring them to good health. Fine, however, why did the GA Aquarium have such problems with belugas? Why did that KILLER whale kill their trainer? Because these animals (mammals) do not belong in captivity. And please don’t get me started on the circus. That poor scared zebra that ran onto the connector and had to be put down later.. I just can’t believe we still have to pluck animals from the wild and use them for entertainment.. we have so many people on this planet who can do just that… entertain us…

Becky

June 10th, 2010
3:14 pm

@FCM..It’s just one of those things (IMO) that I never thought about, mainly because we (most) are able to get up and leave and go places..I have a sister that lives in KY and she is very obese, I know that when I go to visit her, it breaks my heart to see that she can’t go anywhere or do much, so I could not imagine being somewhere that I couldn’t leave..

@MJG..I’ve not been to that many zoos, so I don’t know which ones are the best..I just know that we went to the National Zoo as adults and I was in awe..I’ve been to the aquarium in TN and I really enjoyed it..Haven’t been to the one here yet..As I said before, we tend to spend more time outdoors doing things..

mom2alex&max

June 10th, 2010
4:15 pm

Thank you T for posting this! I loved those series when I was a kid and I am gonna LOVE showing them to my boys. Info much appreciated!

Peachy

June 10th, 2010
4:16 pm

I have never seen these so I am excited to set my DVR and watch them! I loved the Life series and I am totally looking forward to more intersting wild life views.

I love Zoo Atlanta, they are constantly changing and making it a better experience. There is about to be a new bear exhibit and the tigers are back. As a child my family had a zoo membership and my mom took my sister and me almsot ever Tuesday each summer. I don’t think I would have the love or respect for animals if not for that place. On top of that Zoo Atlanta has conservation projects in South and Latin America and Asia and Africa. Not to mention the fact that more orangutans have been born at zoo Atlanta in the last 10 years than any where else in the world! So you can’t convience me it is torture!

And yes I love the aquarium too! The one in Atlanta is great and I still remember visiting the one in New Orleans 20 years ago! I learned so much on that trip, like how to treat a jelly fish sting…Sometimes I feel “animal rights” have gone a little over board…

Belle

June 10th, 2010
4:24 pm

Oh I can’t wait to set my DVR up for these shows. I’m also taking the kids to the Zoo and Aquarium this summer for the first time. I’ve not been in several years so it will be a treat for me too.

Becky

June 10th, 2010
4:39 pm

So, other than the zoo and aquarium here, where are some other good places that you have taken your little ones to learn?

Denise

June 10th, 2010
4:40 pm

Yall are getting me excited about the zoo. I am going home for a week and you’ve given me the idea to take my niece (2) and nephews (9, 7) to the zoo. I’m sure it’s not a GREAT one but they don’t know that. :-)

YUKI

June 10th, 2010
4:52 pm

We just went to the Atlanta zoo last weekend. It was great. My two year old had a blast looking at all of the animals, and we had a great time as well. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying a trip to the zoo!!

Ole Guy

June 10th, 2010
5:25 pm

Davy…you know, you’re absolutely right. Aquariums are, essentially, prisons for captives from the deep. But let me tell you something else, Davy. There are two sides to life…reality, and the ideal plane. I completely agree with you that, on the ideal plane, we could all, from the earliest ages to just before going into the box, don SCUBA gear, snorkles, etc, and gaze upon the wonders of Cousteau’s Silent World.

Some of us have, indeed, been quite fortunate to experience these wonders…to have viewed, as kids of the 50’s, Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, and to have employed that experience as a springboard of curiosity.

But all that, Davy, is within the ideal plane of life, that which a very few have been blessed to have experienced. For you, me, and certainly many others, we view the creatures, within the confines of an aquarium, as prisoners…hapless victims of Mans’ greed and ignorance.

This, Davy, is where the two worlds…that of the ideal plane and that of reality collide. One would hazzard a guess that the great majority of us go through life consigned to full-time reality, never having the opportunity to experience the “ideal” of life…observing a sunset from high over the Pacific in a single engine airplane, sailing, as a bird, through the air (with benefit of parachute), and, of course, gazing upon the creatures of the deep in their living room.

Give people a break, Davy. Everyone has not been as fortunate as some to…first hand, up-and-close…see, observe, and experience the wonders of the world. So the majority must resort to that which is the realities of life.

John

June 10th, 2010
5:40 pm

@Uconn – The issues with the belugas was not one caused by the Georgia Aquarium, but rather the fact that they were kept in a tank in Mexico City, that was too small, not climate controlled, and was under a roller coaster, before coming to the Georgia Aquarium.

Does anyone know the gestation period of a female Whale Shark, scientist don’t. That is part of the research being done at the Georgia Aquarium. n fact, no one has ever witnessed a mating or birthing event or a whale shark. As for keeping them in tanks. the 4 at the aquarium were originally captured for food. In Asia, whale sharks are caught for food. So in essence, we “rescued” them from someones dinner plate.

tania

June 10th, 2010
6:27 pm

i jestcarnt what intel it come out so thats all thoks

JATL

June 10th, 2010
8:05 pm

@Becky -we go to Fernbank, but the real bang-for-your buck fantastic place is the Tellus Northwest GA Science Museum in Cartersville. That place is AMAZING -big dinosaurs and prehistoric sea creature skeletons, lovely planetarium with a kid’s show, an area you can pan for gemstones and a big digging area where kids can play paleontologist and search for real fossilized shark’s teeth and other real fossils (they get to keep two) -a mineral and gemstone area, a transportation area with a bisected helicopter and old cars and a dedicated hands-on kid’s area. It’s really cool! I went up there with my two last summer thinking we would be there about 2 hours (they were 3 and 10 months at the time) and we were there for 4.5 hours! They also have one of those crazy-huge mining dump trucks out front and some other vehicles.

The High Museum also has some cool kid’s stuff they do, and if your kids are under about 7, the Imagine It Children’s Museum across from Centennial Park and that evil, evil aquarium ;-) is a fantastic place to take little kids.

DavidS

June 10th, 2010
8:08 pm

YUKI and FCM and Last time I checked…

Yes to boycotting the zoo and the aquarium. There are plenty of other wonderful places to take a child for the experience of nature and animal life. The North Georgia mountains are teeming with birds and fish in streams and reptiles and plant life just as an example.

And as for a house being a prison cell, I really don’t know where to begin with that warped logic. Last time I checked, I can walk out of my house and go anywhere I want (of course with the government’s permission). Please tell me how that is equivalent to a fish that cannot leave the tank it is imprisoned in, or the animal that cannot leave its cage or “environment” at the zoo. You could use a good course in logic.

And Last time I checked… just because a fish can’t scream doesn’t mean it feels no pain. You rationalize your behavior anyway you want. That won’t change the reality of what the whale sharks, beluga whales, grouper, hammerheads, and the thousands of mamals and fish are dealing with as they swim pointlessly around their glass and water prisons.

By the way, I visited all of these places when I was younger. They seemed fascinating and exciting at the time. Then I grew up and became more sensitive to the plight of these animals and the ones we so cruely raise in factory farms for our food (these circumstances are even worse that zoos or aquariums). So I became a vegan. I walk the walk. We all have a choice.

DavidS

June 10th, 2010
8:12 pm

John – I guess it is personal perspective, but I would rather be free and die young then spend a long healthy life in a prison. But then those kinds of different perspectives on life and liberty are at the heart of the problems facing the world we live in too (especially america).

ABC

June 10th, 2010
9:55 pm

Gern

June 11th, 2010
12:16 am

I love to go fishing in Aquariums… M80’s work well to bring the little fishes to the surface to be scooped up for dinner. Thank God for global warning, oil spills, and hurricanes… without them, there would be nothing to watch on television.

Gern

June 11th, 2010
12:21 am

I club baby seals too…

Gern

June 11th, 2010
12:23 am

NuClear = New Clear!

Gern

June 11th, 2010
12:26 am

Obama is a monkey-eared-rag-head worshiping-freedom hater.

Dalton

June 11th, 2010
12:50 am

you all are a bunch or griefer trolls go do something else

DB

June 11th, 2010
1:38 am

@David: While they may appear to swim “pointlessly” around in that tank, let’s face it — what are they doing when they are swimming around the ocean, swimming purposefully? Umm . . . no, only swimming as they troll for food. It’s not as if they are sightseeing! They are given food, they are in a large social community, and they are safe from predators.

I was a volunteer docent at the Aquarium for two years (ask me anything about sea otters!), and have a lot of respect for the care that the professional staff takes to protect and nurture their residents, as well as providing them with stimulating environments. Anthropomorphizing a fish is a bit overreaching, isn’t it?

Becky

June 11th, 2010
8:16 am

@OLd Guy..Thank you..You explained that just the way that it should have been..

@JATL..Thanks, I was just wondering where others go with their kids..We have been to Fernbank, the Imagine It Museum..We have also been to Warm Springs and the kids love it..We’ve toured CNN center.. For spring break we went to TN. and visited the birth place of Alvin York..The boy thought that was the best place that he’s ever been.. Two years ago, we went to DC and toured a lot of places..

We haven’t been to the Tellus Museum yet..I saw it last year when we went to KY..We will probably do that next month…Based on what you say it has, I’m sure that the kids will love that also..For the rest of the summer, we have planned to go to DC (again), Savannah and back to KY..I would also like to take them to Memphis..Guess time will tell..

David S

June 11th, 2010
8:16 am

DB – It is not anthorpomorphizing to know that a fish in the wild is in its natural habitat and one in a tank is not. It is also a bit presumptuous to assume because you cannot know what their experience is that they are ok with it. Personally, I’ll stick to the way god/mother nature created it.

HB

June 11th, 2010
8:44 am

Becky, do you have a science museum or children’s museum near you? If so, then you may be able to purchase a family membership that will provide free or discounted admission at other museums when you travel through ASTC and ACM’s travel programs. Just be sure to check the lists of participants (not all members take part) and be aware of rules and restrictions (I believe you have to purchase a membership within a certain distance of your home and use the passport a certain distance away). Check astc.org and childrensmuseums.org. If you have a local aquarium, I think AZA has a reciprocal program as well.

Lola

June 11th, 2010
8:48 am

There is beauty in just about everything and anything. One must open their eyes to truly see. Growing up, I watched Jacques Cousteau. His passion opened a door way before the internet was even around.
That’s what this is about. Sharing beauty w/your children.

Incidentally, feeding on line trolls really is a waste of your good energy. Who cares what an anonymous person thinks of you!

Cheers

Michelle

June 11th, 2010
8:52 am

Becky, since you seem to travel a lot, you might check out the Indianapolis Childrens Musueum! It is FANTASTIC! Or, you could go a little farther into Chicago and visit the Musueum of Science and Industry!

Becky

June 11th, 2010
9:38 am

@HB..Thanks, I’ll check into that..We have to go to downtown Atlanta for most of the museums or things like that, so we’re not that far away..

@Michelle..Thank you also..We might check into those..I have heard that the museum in Chicago is great from others..That would be a great road trip for us..At 7 years old, you can’t see and do enough (IMO)..

HB

June 11th, 2010
10:00 am

Got it. Then you won’t be able to buy one membership and use it at the other Atlanta-area museums, but if you buy, for example, a Tellus membership, you might be able to use it for free admission to a museum in Kentucky, Memphis, or DC. Most DC museums are free, but the National Children’s Museum at National Harbor (just over the river in MD) is not and I think they probably participate in both association’s programs. MSI in Chicago is an ASTC member as well, and that place is awesome! Lots to enjoy for both kids and adults there. If you do road trip up, be sure to spend a day or two at the museums downtown too — the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and the Shedd Aquarium are all next to each other, and the Chicago Children’s Museum is pretty close to those too. Field, Adler, and CCM are all ASTC members, and I’m sure CCM is in ACM (others may be too). Indianapolis CM is a member of both associations too.

Wayne

June 11th, 2010
12:50 pm

We have the ACM membership up here in Mass. and it works out really well for us. I think that’s a great program.

Ruben Arvizu

June 11th, 2010
9:55 pm

He was a man of the century. His voice will be remembered together with his warnings of the terrible things we are doing to the Water Planet. His legacy continues living through the work of his son Jean-Michel and his Ocean Futures Society. Cheers for Captain Cousteau!.