1 hour, 36 minutes
G General Audiences.
Exclusive To Disney Blu-ray - Filmmaker Annotations; ; Earth Diaries: The Making o Earth The Movie
This is a stunningly photographed view of graceful, frightening, funny and excruciatingly cute baby animals and their families in their natural habitats, from directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, who took their cameras from the frozen Arctic to the scorching Kalahari Desert, from
the tropical rain forests of New Guinea and back to the Arctic.
Earth is roughly based on the events of a year on Earth, with seasonal
changes, cycles of reproduction and plunder, on land, in the water or in the air. It's got polar bears, humpback whales, elephants, plants, and, most
importantly for a nature film today, penguins. When a
male polar bear gets out for some Arctic air after
hibernating for six months, he’s pretty hungry and searches for some fresh walrus
meat. He climbs on the back of a large walrus as the
herd backs cowardly away. After a long pursuit, he makes his final plunge into the water, finally rolling over exhausted, and destined to starve to death. A wolf has better luck
with a youthful member of the antelope family that
gets separated from the pack. While narrator James Earl Jones notes that these speedy runners can usually outpace the wolves, this one must have been the
exception. But the camera turns away rather than showing the blood.
A wide variety of subjects are featured in magnificent time-lapse photography, from
flowering forests to the Antarctic's Aurora Australis. Slow motion
shows us the steps of the hunt, fleet cheetahs, sharks swallowing
seals; and low light technology illustrates the advantages lions have
over elephants. One of the more spectacular sequences features countless birds rising from the African plains leaving only a tiny patch of sky in the top corner. This gorgeously photographed distillation of the BBC/Discovery television series "Planet Earth," features many memorable images that cried out on TV
for the full moviegoing experience. If you haven't seen it before, it is well worth seeing, but to enjoy it best, see it on a large screen.