Our planet earth is a truly amazing place. Most of us spend our time in the urban centers and forget about the awesome planet on which we live. Disneynature hasn’t forgotten, and it dedicated its first documentary to the place we call home. It’s Disneynature Earth, a documentary on the world and its wonders.
Greetings, Money Saving Parents! This is entry #4 in my Countdown to Earth Day series, a review of Disney Nature’s Earth. I plan to review different Disney Nature films throughout the week and encourage families to watch each of these highly educational documentaries as they celebrate the planet on which we live and its many wonders. This post may contain affiliate links which are used to support this site and my family. However all opinions expressed are 100% my own. Enjoy!
From Pole to Pole
Disneynature: Earth is an educational film that goes to the ends of the earth. Starting in the Arctic region, the film begins with polar bears, depicting a mother rolling in the snow after a long hibernation and a baby polar bear taking its first steps in the snow. It then features other cold weather creatures like the Canadian lynx, caribou, and more. The seasonal change is highlighted, showing how the warmer weather gives rise to new life and migration.
Next, Earth moves southward. Animals like ducks, wolves, birds, elephants, cheetahs, lions, and other animals make their way into the spotlight. The documentary shows how these animals survive together, compete for resources, and fight for survival. The film traverses the corners of the globe, visiting Antarctica and offering a look at penguins, then moving back to the north and featuring walruses and a polar bear determined to snag one of them for a quick meal as the documentary winds to a close.
Wildlife and More
Disneynature: Earth, released on Earth Day, April 22, 2009, was the first Disneynature film and it ranks among its most educational. All of the Disneynature films are educational in scope, but Earth seems exceptionally so, due to its broad focus on the planet, its land forms, and its varied wildlife. Narrated by Hollywood actor James Earl Jones, Earth is 99 minutes in length and it aims to educate viewers on our incredible planet and its fascinating inhabitants.
“Earth” documents dozens of animals and this aspect of the film will appeal to viewers of all ages, particularly children. Young kids will experience many “Aw” moments as they watch the baby polar bears play in the snow, the youthful elephant calves following their parents, and the tiny caribou running around in a playful, carefree manner. The animals featured in Earth are mostly ones which we are already familiar, but that doesn’t take away from the fun. It’s still entertaining as well as educational to witness the world’s wildlife in its natural setting, behaving the way animals behave. Time- elapsed pictures let the viewer witness the change from season to season and, for added effect, slow motion frames let the viewer witness a predator like the cheetah as it takes down its prey. You get to see it all, the way it plays out every day in the wild.
Disneynature Earth is great for its educational material on wildlife, but this documentary does more than just talk about animals. It’s also a film about the planet’s different features and it spends time talking about the different land forms, seas, geography, and more. Viewers get to learn a little more about deserts, mountains, grasslands, plains, etc., and get a chance to see what types of animals live in specific areas and why. The film takes on a mostly serious tone and in many ways, it reminds me of the television show “Wild, Wild World of Animals”. There are no featured songs, but there are plenty of sound effects and the viewer is left mostly to watch, listen, and learn.
Learn About the Earth
Our home planet is home to a wide array of amazing animals, breathtaking natural scenery, and vast oceans teaming with fish and other creatures. Disneynature Earth is a tribute to this natural wonderland. Like the film says in its closing moments, the Earth is a harsh place, but other times, it’s just paradise. Watch Disneynature: Earth and see for yourself why our planet earth is such an incredible celestial body.
Copyright 2014, Bryan Carey