Celebrate Earth Week With These DisneyNature Films Now On Disney+
Happy Earth Week Disney Friends! We can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to this amazing (albeit slightly odd at the moment) world we live in than by cuddling up on the sofa and checking out one of DisneyNature’s amazing animal documentaries. AND! If you’re a Disney+ subscriber you’re in luck because they’re all available to stream!
So pick your favorites and enjoy! Oh and be sure to look out for some behind-the-scenes bonus features on the latest DisneyNature titles! It adds an extra element of magic to your viewing experience.
This documentary created a buzz earlier this month with the news that it is being narrated by none other than Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. It follows an African pachyderm named Shani and her son Jomo as they make a journey hundreds of miles across the Kalahari Desert. Led by the herd’s matriarch Gaia the family faces all sorts of obstacles from brutal heat to seemingly constant predators. This film also supports Elephants Without Borders working in Botswana to ensure that people and elephants thrive.
This film, narrated by Natalie Portman, made its Disney+ debut earlier this month. Viewers are introduced to Echo, a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin who can’t quite decide if its time to be a “grown-up.” Dolphin society can be tricky to navigate and the family depends on all of the inhabitants of the coral reef they call home to pitch in and do their part!
If you missed last year’s DisneyNature theatrical release Penguins, now is your chance to check it out! Narrated by Ed Helms, this coming-of-age story follows an Adelie penguin named Steve who joins millions of other penguins to find a mate in the icy Antarctic. Though so much of this journey is instinctual none of it comes easily, especially when confronted with killer whales, leopard seals and more.
Born in China
Born in China is narrated by John Krasinski and follows the adventures of three different animals indigenous to China including a panda, golden monkey and snow leopard. The film offers sweeping views of the vast terrains from whimsical bamboo forests to frigid mounts. Its excels at showcasing beautiful intimate moments each animal shares with their families.
Set amongst the ancient ruins of the South Asian jungles, this 2015 DisneyNature documentary follows Maya a resourceful monkey who finds her world changed when she welcomes her son Kip into her extended family. The film Maya’s amazing journey as she strives to keep her baby safe through a series of unexpected adventures. The documentary is narrated by Tina Fey.
The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos
Next, we head to Lake Natron in northern Tanzania. Mystery of the Flamingos follows a million crimson-winged flamingos right down to a single baby chick. Set amongst the stunning landscapes this film is narrated by journalist Mariella Frostup and is stunning in its scope and cinematography.
This film from 2011 is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. It is an epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on earth – the African savanna. You’ll meet Mara a lion cub, Sita a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns and last but not least Fang, a leader of a pride of lions.
Head into the African rainforest where you’ll meet Oscar a little chimp with a hilarious approach to life. You’ll follow along with Oscar as he mingles with his fellow young chimps and as Oscar, along with his family, navigate the complex territory of the rainforest. Tim Allen narrates this 2012 documentary and it is a must-watch for the whole family!
Wings of Life
It’s amazing that a documentary about such tiny creatures can pack such a big punch! Narrated by Meryl Streep, this film takes an up-close look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers in a celebration of the tiny things in life. A third of the world’s food supply depends on these tiny creatures.
Released in 2014, this film showcases a year in the life of a family of bears. Mother Sky is teaching her two cubs Amber and Scout all of life’s important lessons. Set in the wilds of Alaska, their journey unfolds just as the winter ends. Emerging from hibernation, this trio must face the bitter cold and the outside world in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses. This film is narrated by Oscar nominee John C. Reilly.
More About Earth Day
On April 22, 1970, a global movement began to honor the planet we all call home. 50 year’s later, Earth Day (and now Earth Month) is used to call attention to the ways we can nurture and protect Mother Earth including the amazing animals that call this planet home. DisneyNature which launched in 2008 has honored the Earth Day traditions each year by debuting new films and support organizations and communities through the Disney Conservation Fund.
Readers are encouraged to keep following along with MickeyBlog for more incredible ways to celebrate Earth Day this Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
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