Friday, April 23, 2010

Oceans Review

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, (a day to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment), Disneynature takes us deep within the world's least explored frontier with Oceans. This is a mouth dropping, beautiful documentary, narrated by Pierce Brosnan, that will leave you wanting more. The wow factor alone makes Oceans a great Earth Day/Earth Week movie. And through the “See Oceans, Save Oceans” initiative, Disneynature will make a contribution to The Nature Conservancy to save endangered coral reefs in the Bahamas.
I have always been fascinated with nature and all its magnificent wonder and beauty. I was in "awe" throughout this entire movie. We see vast armies of crabs on the floor of Melbourne harbor, sprinting pods of dolphins stretching to the horizon, neon-nosed cuttlefish, great white sharks and great blue whales. And those are just the familiar sea creatures. Never have I seen a blanket octopus or a ribbon eel - both absolutely incredible. One of my favorite parts in the film is the brawl between this wacky-eyed mantis shrimp and a crab - too funny! The photography is crisp and often stunning. It’s definitely a movie of marvels, with many images so striking as to trick the mind into thinking its all just special effects.

What the movie reveals so powerfully is just how little we know about our waters and their inhabitants. It blows my mind to think we've only seen less than 5% of the ocean. It fascinates me to think what else is out there that we still don't know about. Mother Nature can be cruel, she's beautiful, and generous, but above all she's mysteriously wondrous.

What did you think?

Take a sneak peak into African Cats: Kingdom of Courage, the next Disneynature documentary due out next Earth Day 2011. I'm beginning to love this Earth Day movie tradition.


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