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EARTH- A Must See Movie That will Blow Your Mind and Touch Your Heart

  • Apr 27, 2009
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My seven year old and I went to check out this movie together- we love watching nature shows and I figured catching a nature show done by Disney on the big screen would be a great and it truly was! Earth treats its viewers to some of the most awesome pictures of earth, both from space and from the sky, of that I have ever seen. The regal (so regal in fact that when he started speaking my son asked me if it was God) voice of James Earl Jones narrates the entire movie. Mr. Jones interjects humor, compassion and respect into the most wonderful, breathtaking scenes of earth and its animal inhabitants that even I, as a National Geographic fan, was impressed by.

 Earth does an excellent job of showing that everything on earth is interconnected and interrelated in the most intimate and profound ways. Earth also does a great job of interweaving the story of 3 animal families and their lives for a year, with both magnificent shots of a host of other animals, and with educational narrative and scenes of various eco-systems and the current environmental challenges they face.

I enjoyed all of the animals stories, including the footage of a great white shark leaping out of the air; the bravery, in the face of their apparent fragility, of baby ducks jumping out of a nest over 15 feet in the air; schools of dolphins surfing the waves, and birds of such rarity and beauty that you can't help but be impressed with the majesty of God and the wonder of creation. There were also out of this world scenes of valleys, mountains, deserts, and the effects of the march of the four seasons across each the landscape.

For those of you with little kids- in true Disney style (even thought as a National geographic junkie- I was a little let down that it wasn't included) no bloodshed was shown. You do get a chance to watch a wolf, a cheetah, and a pride of lions stalk and capture their prey. As a matter of fact, the beauty of the dance between predator and prey was clearly expressed with the slow motion footage that allowed you to view hunts and chases that took 2 minutes or less, extended in such finite detail that it gave a whole new meaning to the old nature adage "survival of the fittest". It was great too, that the film depicted the reality of what happens when predators are continuously unsuccessful in their hunting endeavors.

I enjoyed the continuing story lines on the elephants, humpback whales, and polar bear family, and Mr. Jones did a great job with humanizing their efforts and their actions. In total, my son and I totally enjoyed this movie.  I would recommend that everyone took the time to watch this move, and remember why we should be more committed than ever to the green and environmental movement. 

By the way, when you do go check out the movie- make sure to stay to view the closing credits- it gives you great appreciation for the danger that the crew experienced by living in close contact with the wild to bring earth's treasures to the big screen. Kudos to everyone involved in producing this film and as much as I don't dig corporate giants- Kudos to Disney for bringing it to life. I can't wait until Earth day 2010 when OCEANS is released!
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May 20, 2009
I just saw this film and I'm still somewhat flabbergasted that it was a Disney film. So far, it's the best film of the year, in my opinion anyway. Thanks so much for the heads-up. :)
April 27, 2009
Shannon, great review, I can't wait to see it. Thanks for the tip.
April 27, 2009
Thanks Linda- let me know your take on it when you do:)
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Excellent photography & beautiful film. I watched it on HDTV & that's great enough. Must be awesome in the IMAX!
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  A freelance writer whose favorite topics are organic foods, healthy living, and all things green. A professor of career communications, an avid yogi, a vegetarian, and a mommy.I am a beach … more
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The first film release in the Disneynature series is entitled "Earth" and premiered on Earth day- April 22, 2009.  The film was made in a collaborative effort with Disney films, the BBC, Greenlight Media, and Lionsgate.   Narrated by James Earl Jones, written by Alastair Fothergill, and produced by Andre Sikojev, Nikolaus Weil, and Stefan Beitan.  The film runs for about one and half hours film  and is rated G. 

Earth tracks 3 animal families (whales, polar bears and elephants) and introduces viewers  to their hardships and triumphs.  Interspersed among their stories, the film provides you with an in-depth view of Earth and the global circle of life.  The film begins in Winter and covers full four seasons in almost every corner of the globe.
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: April 22, 2009
MPAA Rating: G
Runtime: 1.30 hours
Studio: Disney
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