The polar caps have the most extreme seasonal contrasts, growing and melting vast ice masses, so wildlife adapts by annual migrations. The majority of Antartica is a vast barren permafrost....
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The polar caps have the most extreme seasonal contrasts, growing and melting vast ice masses, so wildlife adapts by annual migrations. The majority of Antartica is a vast barren permafrost. Only 3% of the coast and peninsular peaks are where life migrates to in the spring, for a short fertile summer, attracted by rich supplies of krill and fish. Only the Emperor penguin males breed 4 months in winter 100 miles inland. The Arctic has a more complete fauna which migrates back North from the continent. Here, the Polar bear is threatened because global warming defrosts its seal hunt platform ice too fast.Written by
Two things are already shown on the first episode:
1) The 24-hour sun.
2) The polar bear with her two cubs. See more »
David Attenborough - Narrator:
Both poles of our planet are covered with ice. They're the largest and most demanding wildernesses of all. Nowhere else on Earth is seasonal change so extreme. It causes the ice to advance and retreat every year. And all life here is governed by that.
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Planet Earth Theme
Written by George Fenton
Performed by BBC Concert Orchestra See more »
People won't be left ice cold by this
Absolutely adore 'Planet Earth', one of the best documentaries ever made and actually is more than that. Have remarked a few times that it and its recent follow up (every bit as good) did for nature and out planet as 'Walking with Dinosaurs' did with the dinosaurs. David Attenborough is wisely considered a national treasure for very good reason, no matter how much he himself dislikes the term.
Every single one of the previous 'Planet Earth' episodes were never less than great. There was a very slight dip with the still wonderful "Deserts", but they are all great representations of what Attenborough is all about and what a good documentary should be like. "Ice Worlds" is no way a let down, quite the opposite. Throughout it's an awe-inspiring, utterly transfixing experience where one forgets they're watching a documentary and instead feeling like they're watching art. This may sound like extreme hyperbole, but to me and many others 'Planet Earth' is completely deserving of its praise and even deserving of more. To me as well, it is easily one of the best the BBC has done in years.
Where to start with the praises for "Ice Worlds"? for starters looks amazing. It is gorgeously filmed, those aerial shots are awe-inspiring, done in a completely fluid and natural, sometimes intimate (a great way of connecting even more with the animals), way and never looking static. In fact much of it is remarkably cinematic. The scenery is some of the most breath-taking personally seen anywhere, whether in visual media and real life and the rich colours positively leap out. The music is epic but has just as many quieter moments that speak just as much. The main theme is unforgettable.
Regarding the narrative aspects, "Ice Worlds" can't be faulted there either. The narration has a great well-balanced mix of facts that will be familiar to the viewer and others that will induce the right amount of surprise. In short, it's just fascinating, informative and thoughtful. Everything is intriguing and illuminating, with as much for children to be inspired by as well as adults, and there is just enough freshness to avoid it from becoming stale. Attenborough delivers it beautifully, there's a soft-spoken enthusiasm and precision about his delivery and he never preaches.
The animals themselves are a wonderful mix of the adorable, like the penguins, and the dangerous, and their struggles in the habitat and how they adapt feel very real. What also stands out is "Ice Worlds" sense of awe and emotional impact. Will admit to bawling my eyes out at the fate of the baby penguin.
Nothing episodic or repetitive here in "Ice Worlds" either. Despite covering a lot of animals and habitats, there is a real sense of the episode having its own individual story with real, complex emotions and conflicts and animal characters developed in a way a human character would in a film but does it better than several.
Concluding, brilliant once again. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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