Birds Do It, Bees Do It (1975)

PG | 89 mins | Documentary | 26 February 1975

Director:

Nicolas Noxon

Writer:

Nicolas Noxon

Cinematographers:

Albert Kihn, David Oyster

Editor:

Philip Morton

Production Companies:

Ronox, Wolper Pictures
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HISTORY

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) initially rated the film "R" (Restricted--no one under 17 admitted) and Wolper Productions appealed the rating, seeking a "PG" (Parental Guidance). Acting chairman of the MPAA's ratings board, Albert E. Van Schmus, refused to remove the "R" rating unless the producers made eight deletions, according to a 12 Sep 1974 HR article, and the appeal was denied on 8 Aug 1974, as stated in a 14 Aug 1974 Var story. Demanded deletions included shots of penis exposure following mating in the baboon sequence; shots of the erect penis and penetration in the rhinoceros sequence; two shots of a male chimpanzee with an erect penis; a sequence of a bull mounting a cow-like machine in order to extract semen for artificial insemination; two additional shots of the bull with an erect penis; and a closeup of an erect elephant penis and penetration. However, after Richard D. Heffner was named permanent successor to the former chairman, Dr. Aaron Stern, and Van Schmus was relegated to second in command, Heffner reversed the appeals board decision and gave Wolper a "PG" on condition that the company make only one 10 to 15 second deletion in the elephant sequence.
       The film received an Academy Award nomination in the category: Best Music, Original Score (Gerald Fried), and a Golden Globe nomination in the category: Best Documentary Film.
       The following institutions and individuals are acknowledged in the credits: National Geographic Society; Jane Van Lawick-Goodall; University of California; Oxford Scientific Films, England; Sargeant-Welch Scientific Company; Dr. Robert L. Bacon; Cow Palace, San Francisco; National Bison Association; Atomic Energy Commission; National Science ... More Less

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) initially rated the film "R" (Restricted--no one under 17 admitted) and Wolper Productions appealed the rating, seeking a "PG" (Parental Guidance). Acting chairman of the MPAA's ratings board, Albert E. Van Schmus, refused to remove the "R" rating unless the producers made eight deletions, according to a 12 Sep 1974 HR article, and the appeal was denied on 8 Aug 1974, as stated in a 14 Aug 1974 Var story. Demanded deletions included shots of penis exposure following mating in the baboon sequence; shots of the erect penis and penetration in the rhinoceros sequence; two shots of a male chimpanzee with an erect penis; a sequence of a bull mounting a cow-like machine in order to extract semen for artificial insemination; two additional shots of the bull with an erect penis; and a closeup of an erect elephant penis and penetration. However, after Richard D. Heffner was named permanent successor to the former chairman, Dr. Aaron Stern, and Van Schmus was relegated to second in command, Heffner reversed the appeals board decision and gave Wolper a "PG" on condition that the company make only one 10 to 15 second deletion in the elephant sequence.
       The film received an Academy Award nomination in the category: Best Music, Original Score (Gerald Fried), and a Golden Globe nomination in the category: Best Documentary Film.
       The following institutions and individuals are acknowledged in the credits: National Geographic Society; Jane Van Lawick-Goodall; University of California; Oxford Scientific Films, England; Sargeant-Welch Scientific Company; Dr. Robert L. Bacon; Cow Palace, San Francisco; National Bison Association; Atomic Energy Commission; National Science Foundation. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
20 Jan 1975.
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Daily Variety
21 May 1974.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Sep 1974
p. 1, 7.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Oct 1974
p. 4.
Los Angeles Herald Examiner
26 Feb 1975.
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Los Angeles Times
25 Feb 1975
p. 1.
Variety
22 May 1974
p. 19.
Variety
14 Aug 1974.
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT

NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Ronox Production in association with Wolper Pictures
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Additional photog
Additional photog
Additional photog
Additional photog
Additional photog
Additional photog
Additional photog
Additional photog
Additional photog
Spec photog
Asst cam
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Asst ed
Post prod supv
Negative cutter
Negative cutter
Film ed
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Prod asst
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 February 1975
Premiere Information:
Cannes Film Festival screening: 14 May 1974; Los Angeles opening: 26 Feb 1975 at Mann's Hollywood, Picwood, El Rey and multiples
Copyright Claimants:
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Wolper Pictures
Copyright Dates:
16 January 1975 16 January 1975
Copyright Numbers:
PA483338 PA483338
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
gauge
35mm
Widescreen/ratio
1.85:1
Duration(in mins):
89
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

       A documentary about the mating habits of animals which asks whether man can or should control the animal breeding ... +


       A documentary about the mating habits of animals which asks whether man can or should control the animal breeding process. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Animal


Subject
Subject (Major):

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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