THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM: THE RETURN is a short documentary special on Disney Plus. It’s a follow-up to a 2018 documentary by farmers John and Molly Chester. As the Chesters document their 10-year journey in creating a thriving, complex ecosystem of farm animals and fertile soil, they also deal with loss, droughts, predators, and other challenges to their farm. In just a 30 minute runtime, the Chesters celebrate the beauty of Creation, animal birth, and the complex ecosystem of animals and wildlife.
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM: THE RETURN has a strong moral worldview about taking care of God’s creation given to us. It shows the joy and connection to animals and the soil that the Chesters have, and some of the more difficult moments, moments that John says are a lot like life. However, it doesn’t mention God as the Creator. That said, the movie has touching moments stressing man’s responsibility to care for animals. The movie’s direction, narration and cinematography are professional and engaging. Despite some farm animal deaths, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM: THE RETURN is a fun celebration of Creation.
Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview about human’s responsibility to care for God’s creation, but God is never credited as the creator, though there are some other minor pro-family elements
No foul language
No intentional violence, a mother pig accidentally crushes her piglets which could distress some viewers, the documentary also shows other common farm violence like coyotes killing chickens (while these scenes could upset younger viewers, they are not graphic and serve more to celebrate the way animals function in an ecosystem)
No alcohol use
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
Nothing else objectionable.
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM: THE RETURN is a follow up documentary special of the 2018 documentary, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, created by couple John and Molly Chester.
Although much shorter than their first documentary about taking a plot of dry, dead land and transforming it into a thriving ecosystem of plant and animal life, the second installment shows more of the challenges and joys of running the farm.
John shares briefly about the challenges of getting the farm up and running through droughts, coyotes preying on chickens, and snails preying on their trees. However, John and Molly found that incorporating more animals was a better solution than implementing man-made poisons. For example, they get a dog to protect the chickens, let the ducks eat the snails, and the coyotes, who are now blocked off from the chickens, help with their groundhog problem.
The new documentary mainly focuses on Emma, a pig who in 2012 birthed a shocking 17 piglets. Although she’s older, John and Molly make the decision to breed Emma again. However, this time she only gives birth to five piglets, and many don’t survive because Emma’s getting old and is unable to take care of them. However, as John points out, loss is a part of farm life for the animals and them.
There are also many success stories on John and Mary’s farm. One lamb, rejected by their mother, is nursed back to health by John and the couple’s son, Beauden. The documentary shows the joy and connection to animals and the soil that the Chesters have, and also some of the more difficult moments, moments which John says are a lot like life.
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM: THE RETURN has a strong moral worldview about taking care of God’s creation given to us. However, it doesn’t mention God as the creator. That said, it has some touching moments stressing man’s responsibility to care for animals. The movie’s director John Chester’s narration and cinematography are professional and engaging. Despite some farm animal dying and in peril, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM: THE RETURN is a fun celebration of Creation. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children
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