Earth
G
Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: +3

FILM SYNOPSIS: Disney’s Earth, a documentary narrated by James Earl Jones, tells the remarkable story of three animal families and their journeys across this planet we share.  Directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, the acclaimed creative team behind the Emmy Award®-winning Planet Earth, combine forces again to bring this epic adventure to the big screen.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Mesmerizing, the best nature film – ever! The visuals alone are breathtaking, as the documentarians approach the wonder of our world with the same magic and majesty found in March of the Penguins and Winged Migration. From the tropical rainforests to the Kalahari plains to the artic tundra to the Mediterranean Ocean to the Antarctic Peninsula to the Himalaya Mountains, you name the hemisphere, this film is there. With scale and drama the production follows five main topics: the Earth and the Sun, Great Migrations, Adaptation and Habitat, Predators and Prey, and Life Cycles. If you were under-whelmed by this subject matter in junior high, keep this in mind: a picture is worth a thousand words and a thousand pictures are mind-blowing.

Caution: as the film depicts the circle of life, keep in mind that little ones may be disturbed by the representations of predator and prey. That said, the film never becomes gory. There are several “catches” depicted, but the camera cuts away before the bloodshed is revealed.

After viewing all the creatures, including over 40 species of the Bird of Paradise, surely the evolution of all beings from one Big Bang is ludicrous. Adding all the complexities of nature to the argument, including the fact that if the tilt of the Earth were off just the slightest life on earth would not exist, one must allow for the plausibility of intelligent design. To dismiss such a theory would indicate a shallowness of thought.

Entertainingly and informatively narrated by the melodious James Earl Jones, the filmmakers never resort to preachy summation. They set the stage for debate concerning global warming and the survival of the planet, but the main objective seems bent more to exploring the perplexity and poetry of nature.

For older children, this is a perfect introduction to the wondrous mysteries of life. For adults it can be a reminder that God is sovereign and beyond our mortal understanding.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Disneynature

Summary
Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Depictions of animal killings by other animals. Just before they become gory, the scene ends. Blood: A little blood is seen coming from the head of a walrus just attacked by a starving polar bear.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Oh, please.
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time: 99 minutes
Intended Audience: Age 7 and up

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