Releasing today,Â Earth Day, Disneynature presents “Earth.”
It is a documentary about animals and their dramatic journeys that span various regions of the world.
Filmed by the same people who produced “Planet Earth,” the widely acclaimed and Emmy-award winning documentary produced by the BBC and the Discovery channel in 2007, “Earth” promises to be a ‘breathtaking’ global journey to educate and reiterate just how beautiful and fragile our Blue Planet really is.
Marketed as being even larger than the Oscar-award winning “March of the Penguins,” “Earth” is just the first in a series of films Disney plans to release each year concerning the planet.
In 2010, they plan to release “Oceans” andÂ ”Orangutans: One Minute to Midnight” in 2010, both “Big Cats” and “Naked Beauty: A Love Story that Feeds the Earth” in 2011 and “Chimpanzee” in 2012.
Examining the power of life, its resilience in the face of danger and abilityÂ rebirth itselfÂ time and again,Â ”Earth” Â presents itself through three stories:
A polar bear falls through thin Arctic ice while searching for food for his family. A humpback whale guides her calf on a perilous 4,000-mile journey. A herd of African elephants in search of water battles a sandstorm in the Kalahari Desert. (CNN)
Disney has promised to plant a tree for each movie ticket purchased during the film’s opening week.
James Earl Jones will narrate, replacing Patrick Stewart who narrated the original international version.
The narration is set to make references to all of the environmental changes plaguing the planet by using the three stories to depict the specific threats facing our planet’s wildlife.
For example, we can expect to hear about the rising temperatures in the Arctic causing the ice to melt yielding rising sea levels. This in turn, threatens polar bears and sea lions with extinction (as early as 2030).
“Earth” will touch on global warming as well.
A myth, according to some, that does in fact exist by interrupting the planet’s weather system making patterns less predictable than before.
“Earth” points out that this change poses the biggest threat to creatures like elephants because they travel great distances to reach water. Many of which die out, before arriving at their destination.
The film’s message:
“Itâ€™s not too late to make a difference.”
According to theÂ ”Earth” filmmakers, they
“wanted to give people this wonderful journey and say, ‘Look, it’s a really beautiful planet and it’s still … worth preserving.”
- Personally, we can’t wait to see it…especially if it is coming to the IMAX!
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