Video Review

The Greatest Animal Acts of All Time, Part II

If you and your kids love Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey animal trainer Gunther Gebel-Williams, you will thrill to the unusually close coverage of his platinum-hair helmet and enormous teeth on this collection of clips of animal acts, narrated by ringmaster Jim Ragona. But if you love animals, it will pain you to see Miss Anna's Dobermans in rhinestone caps and goggles, pedaling bicycles or jumping over flaming hurdles, and fuzzy brown bears muzzled securely, riding motorbikes.

Though my young son and I both enjoy the decadent, baroque atmosphere of the bigtop, The Greatest Animal Acts of All Time, Part II left us cold. There is none of the dangerous immediacy of the circus, or the live thrills. D

Originally posted Mar 30, 1990 Published in issue #7 Mar 30, 1990 Order article reprints