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This movie is fun to watch, though one starts to feel kind of
voyeuristic soon, watching so many "intimate" moments between animals.
I put 'intimate' in quotations, because the script given to James Earl
Jones is full of human projections upon the animals with more or less
success; at times the captions are far-fetched and detract from the
movie; other times, they are hilarious (like with monkeys avoiding
getting their hands wet). Hands down, the funniest animal is the bird
doing the jumpy wide-wings mating ritual; we couldn't stop laughing.
This movie is incredibly sad and in a very un-Disney-like way, leaves a lot of loose ends. I suppose this is the Realism of Nature, yet, the storyboard in the captions makes it nearly traumatic as a viewer (like the baby elephant going the wrong way and the daddy polar bear who dies because of global warming making the ice thin...the same point and animal in CGI in Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth). I guess I am very appreciative of the camera-work capturing such beauty, but for strictly an artistic experience, the captions should be dropped and viewers should make their own interpretations (which happens anyway!)
First of all, the release date is 2009, not 2007 for this feature
length nature documentary film. It should be more properly referred to
as: "Earth, 2009". Secondly, allow me to address the complaints of some
reviewers who have seen the "Planet Earth" TV series of 2006.
I have not seen this TV series, but learned here, that this film is the full length version of this 2006 TV series. I judge any film, on it's own merits, not by it's source. I judge the results, on their own, and the results of "Earth, 2009" are indeed excellent. I dismiss this trivial complaint of some reviewers: that it's simply an expanded version of the 2006 TV series "Planet Earth". So what? It doesn't really matter.
As a film buff and one who has viewed dozens of nature documentaries in my lifetime, I was astonished and highly impressed by "Earth, 2009". This is the debut film from the new "DisneyNature" division of Disney and follows in the footsteps of Walt Disney's pioneering and Academy Award winning nature documentary films of the 1950's and 1960's.
Cinematography, film editing, music score, sound and narration are all excellent. There have been a few other nature documentaries that also excelled in these categories. What really sets "Earth, 2009" apart is its' scope. It literally covers the entire planet, covering all seven continents.
After my first viewing, it was obvious this documentary film required a massive effort and amount of time and talent to create.
Three production companies were required to make this amazing documentary film.
"Earth, 2009" convincingly tells the stories of four species on their great migrations as it spans one year through the seasons beginning in January and ending in December, from the North Pole to the South Pole.
Two special new high-tech cameras were used for this film: one camera has a 360 degree computer controlled motorized rotating lens and the other is a HD camera set to an amazing 1,000 frames per second. This filming technique really added drama and beauty to some of the scenes of "Earth, 2009" especially the cheetah chase and great white sharks leaping out of the water to catch sea lions and an aerial view going over the edge of the world's highest waterfall. There are many stunningly beautiful shots in this documentary.
Via cinematography, music score and narration, there is drama, sadness, humor and great beauty in this documentary. With a great music score performed by the world renowned Berliner Philharmoniker, excellent creative and technical cinematography and James Earl Jones narration, I consider "Earth, 2009" as the greatest nature feature length documentary film ever made.
Five years of hard work, patience, talent and dedication really paid off very well here. This film should be required viewing in all schools throughout the world. I predict an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, among other awards. Truly, an amazing, astonishing, exhilarating and magnificent documentary film.
Very Highly Recommended
In 2006, the AMPAS awarded one of the most innovative documentaries
depicting wildlife in the coldest place on Earth, that film was March
of the Penguins narrated by Academy Award Winning Actor Morgan Freeman.
Walt Disney Studios has had a monopoly on the animated circuit for decades now. They've taken their stabs at live action film making and it's been hit and miss all across the board. Disney then created a sub-division called Disneynature and release its first feature film titled Earth. This is absolutely one of the most touching and informative documentaries I've seen in quite sometime.
Narrated by the great James Earl Jones, Earth doesn't offer anything new to anyone who has watched the Discovery Channel in the past five years or follows the Global Warming crisis very closely. Earth touches very deeply on the issue and takes a very liberal approach on the subject matter.
It enables an emotional connection to nature that I haven't experienced before. It also shows not only the beauty and mystifying parts of our gorgeous planet, but the grunt and disturbing aspects that it often entails. It's one thing to watch "Mufasa" fall from a cliff in to a stampede or Bambi's mother be shot by a hunter in the middle of the woods. It's all good because at the end of the film we know it is, just that, a film. This shows penguins, polar bears, elephants, all types of families, from all walks of life, living and dying in their natural habitats. These real things make a real movie experience.
Though a bit heavy-weight on the graphic nature of the film (which many people will disagree), Earth is a touching experience. There is stunning cinematography work here by a great camera team and an amazing score by George Fenton. In comparison to March of the Penguins or Grizzly Man, it doesn't really hold any measure but it stands great on its own. At the end of the day, you grow an appreciation of our planet and a bit of sadness as many of us will probably never get to visit these places we'll witness in the film. We live here yet it's like we never get to explore the planet for one reason or another. Earth is beautiful.
Earth is a repeat of the BBC Planet earth. But its not one of those PC
things you'll find on PBS or the History channel. Earth is lurid
exploitation, raw, alive, vibrant and wholly unvarnished. The film
documents the natural beauty and vast potential of a continent that has
been viciously impoverished by Nature. If you want understand why Earth
is the way it is today this is a good place to start. Warning, while an
undeniably important film, it's not for kids or the overly squeamish as
there is no attempt made to disguise the human and animal cruelty and
Yes it is all breathtaking. However to "re-wrapp" this package and sell it as a Disney movie. Shame on you Disney, for going to great lengths to squeeze money from us.
Why on earth should you explore the mesmerizing nature documentary "Earth"? How much time do you have on earth so I can explain this to you? OK, I will not elongate my review exploration on "Earth" to infinity, but I must stand my ground on why this is a "must see". The documentary takes a nature round trip on the migration paths on three animal families: a female polar bear and her cubs with the real life subplot of the father bear daring it out to hunt for food in his isolated path, a mama of a whale with her baby whale taking a whale of a migration tour for prey, and an elephant mama with her small (maybe not so small, they are elephants) offspring migrating in Africa. Directors Alastair Forthegill & Mark Linfield did an "out of this earth" job in also capturing the survival skills of many other animal species besides the magnetic shots of our three animal family protagonists. The cinematographically skilled team of Richard Brooks Burton, Mike Holding, Adam Ravetch, and Andrew Shillabeer were animales in camera shooting the wondrous nature sites and animal instinctive behaviors; not to mention, the slo-mo animal prey shots were u n b e l i e a v a b l e. "Earth" is also a lesson learner on the global warming effect on the animals; the papa polar bear in the doc is the poster animal boy on that consequence. So fellow earthlings, it is time to take the documentary voyage to visit "Earth" today! **** Good
Greetings again from the darkness. Stunning photography highlights this
Disney documentary and provides a glimpse into some of the harshness of
animals that live in the wilderness. For anyone over 40, Disney and
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom provided much of our insight into wild
animals since our childhood ... back when there was no channel
dedicated to National Geographic or Nature or Animal Planet.
What always fascinates is just how difficult the circumstances are for many of these majestic creatures. Watching the elephants trudge for days, nearly delirious from lack of water, is oh so painful. But their nighttime battle against the lions is thrilling.
Some of the underwater shots are breathless. The mama and baby humpbacks are beautiful and watching the great white shark attack its prey is every bit as chilling as "Jaws". The most amazing scenery for me was the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. I had never seen such detail of the vastness of the range.
Don't think most young kids today will be too excited by this one, but it surely is one of the most beautifully photographed documentaries I have ever seen.
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EARTH (2009) ***1/2 Big screen adaptation of the BBC/Discovery Channel series "Planet Earth" offers quite a majestic sampling of nature in all its beauty with some truly jaw-dropping moments of "how the hell did they get this footage?!" while taking in the awesome scenics of animals in their natural habitats and environmental message of the circle of life can be cruel (witness a Great White Shark gulping down a walrus seal as a quick meal!) and adorable (the various babies and their 'rents). The basso profundo tones of narrator James Earl Jones solidifies its 'God's eye views' and profundity. Culled from literally hundreds of hours of footage, the only gripe comes from the fact this should have been in the IMAX format and could've even gone longer! Oh, well, there's always the next time (since Disney Studios has produced this count on a series of more to come). Dirs: Alastair Fothergill & Mark Linfield.
Possible spoiler alert, I don't think I would ever feel sad about the death of a father polar bear, but I did watching Earth. I think it is only fitting that they showed a brief tribute to Walt Disney before this film started. They showed him talking about the importance of making nature films and it was pointed out that Disney's nature films won a total of eight Oscars. Hands down, this film should make it number 9. As I watched this brilliance I remember wishing that urban legend about Disney being cryogenics frozen were true so we could thaw him out and he could see Earth. His jaw would have dropped in amazement. It is reassuring to this movie fan that an industry capable of producing dreck like Paul Blart Mall Cop and Hannah Montana could make a wonderful film like this. This is why people should go to the movies. It is 90 minutes of movie magic that will stay with you long after you have left the theater. It is a film that dazzles and entertains, yes but also one that educates you, makes you think and carries a powerful message. What more could you ask for. Everything is excellent from the awesome music score, to the breathtaking photography to James Earl Jones narration. Jones has the best "storytellers" voice since Leonard Nimoy on In Search Of and he doesn't so much as narrate but he conjures and makes magic. As Jones points out, this film shows us the true circle and balance of life that we don't understand in our modern world. I would rate earth as the best film, so far, of 2009.
Did not Planet Earth as I do not have cable but I have to say it was stunning. I never saw any blood and some of the scenes were just breathtaking. Now as for the polar bear part,I understannd that animals die every day and I will admit seeing the father bear dying was sad but cut out the stuff about climate change dooming us all. I mean really,we have been here what not even 200,00 years and earth is 4.6 BILIION years old. Earth has been wamring in the past and has been hit many times by rocks the size of Teaxs and yet we are here and so is Earth. i would be more worried about a asteroid wiping most of Earth out then a less then 1 degree rise in temps over less then 100 years. Point is the Earth is not going anywhere,we might but things will go on like we were like the dinosaurs,here but unnoticed.
I very much enjoy nature shows & most of the extraordinary creatures that are out there. If it weren't for the facts that James Earl Jones narrates this & I have already seen the absolutely superb 10 part BBC Discovery channel co-production of "Planet Earth," I would definitely appreciate this more. However as good as this is, I've seen it all before one way or another & I don't need to see this on the big screen. Worse is the fact that although I love nature, I am far from the tree hugging sort that are out there. What's worse is that again the harping on the "supposed" global warming. What the earth goes through is stages that can occur over hundreds & sometimes thousands of years. Right now it is getting warmer, but if take a look at the earth for just the last 5000 years you will see that it has been this warm before & gotten really cold before as well. In fact if we don't blow ourselves to pieces in the next 50-100 years, you will see that "global warming" will cease to exist. If there is one thing that science sure as hell can't seem to get a handle on, is that the earth is something that constantly is able to renew itself no matter what the obstacles. Granted we need to save quite a few creatures both for the fact they are cool & it could possibly universally damage the food chain, but also we should be held accountable for the outright dumping & use of chemicals & other products that we know are damaging to the environment, especially because just like the earth, we as the human race are constantly renewing ourselves as well. Again for those that love this kind of film, or don't see them a lot check it out, but if you absorb every sort of program on National Geographic Channel & Discovery channel, well you saw done perfectly already in the aforementioned "Planet Earth."
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