The amazing documentary features and specials of recent years have taken us to places on this planet that we never had access before. At the Television Critics Assoc. Winter Press Tour, Disney+ Earth Day panel announced three new documentaries that will give viewers new looks at this planet we crucially need to protect.
This Earth Day, Disney+ will take viewers on a journey around the world – from the rainforests of Guyana to the farms of California to the icy tundras of the Arctic – to witness and celebrate the diversity and resilience of our planet and the species that inhabit it. Filmed in some of the world’s most fascinating, biodiverse, and mysterious environments, all of these dynamic movies and specials give viewers a revealing look at Earth’s splendors, its ecosystems, and inhabitants that face insurmountable environmental changes and threats.
“Polar Bear,” the next wildlife movie from Disneynature will have two-time Academy Award® nominee Catherine Keeneer (“Capote,” “Being John Malkovich”) is narrating “Polar Bear.” The film tells the story of a new mother whose memories of her own youth prepare her to navigate motherhood in the increasingly challenging world that polar bears face today. Helmed by Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson, the directing team behind Disneynature’s “Penguins. It launches exclusively on Disney+ on April 22, 2022.
“Explorer: The Last Tepui” the newest installment of National Geographic’s long-running “Explorer” series, follows elite climber Alex Honnold (“Free Solo”) and a world-class climbing team led by National Geographic Explorer and climber Mark Synnott on a grueling mission deep in the Amazon jungle as they attempt a first-ascent climb up a 1000 foot sheer cliff. The team must first trek miles of treacherous jungle terrain to help Dr. Means complete his life’s work, searching the cliff wall for undiscovered animal species.
“The Biggest Little Farm: The Return,” is based on the 2018 award-winning feature documentary film that tells the story of John and Molly Chester, who abandon their urban life in Los Angeles to live on a barren farm to grow delicious food in harmony with nature in Ventura County. The new special follows the farmers’ 10-year tireless journey as they transform the land into a magical working farm and document the whole process in this heartwarming special that is akin to a real-life “Charlotte’s Web.”
All three releases focus on message-forward storytelling that not only educates us about the environment they will entertain while doing so. In addition, their goal is to capture the footage in the least intrusive way possible keeping the animals and their inhabitants unaffected by their filmmaking efforts.
The programming will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on April 22, 2022.