Disneynature Launches First Feature Film - Earth

Brian Severin
Posted on Sunday 26th April 2009

Disneynature, an independent film label of The Walt Disney Company, released its first feature film titled “Earth”. Earth is narrated by James Earl Jones (your children will recognize his voice as the father of Simba from Disney’s The Lion King), and tells the remarkable story of three animal families and their amazing journey across the planet we all call home. Earth combines rare action, unimaginable scale and impossible locations by capturing the most intimate moments of our planet’s wildest and most elusive creatures. The acclaimed creative team (directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield) who created the Emmy Award winning “Planet Earth” combined forces again to bring this film to life. This movie is perfect for the entire family and as an added bonus, if you buy a ticket during the opening week, Disney will planet a tree for each ticket purchased.

Among the other Disneynature projects currently in development or production are:

  • The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos - Co-directed by Matthew Aeberhard and Leander Ward, and produced by Paul Webster (Kudos Pictures), this film will take viewers to mysterious lives of flamingos. Worldwide roll-out begins December 2008.

  • Oceans -- Nearly three-quarters of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans. French co-directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud have set out to capture the full expanse of these waters that have played such a crucial and constant role in the history and sustenance of man. The deep and abundant oceans are places of great mysteries and dangers that this film will dare to explore. Domestic release April 22, 2010.

  • Orangutans: One Minute to Midnight - Directed by Charlie Hamilton James and produced by Frédéric Fougea, this film tells the true story of a six-year-old male orangutan and his little sister, who must take an incredible journey to find a home and a family. Worldwide release 2010.

  • Big Cats - Audiences will get to meet three mothers - a lioness, a leopard and a cheetah - as they explore their world on the great plains of Africa. Co-directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill and produced by Alix Tidmarsh, this film will show how these magnificent animals survive on their power and their cunning, while they protect and teach their cubs the ways of the wild. Worldwide release 2011.

  • Naked Beauty: A Love Story that Feeds the Earth - In this film, nature is ready for its close-up … a very close-up, as exacting macro photography takes us to the realm of flowers and their pollinators. Acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg introduces us to a bat, a hummingbird, a butterfly and a bumblebee, demonstrating their intricate interdependence and how life on earth depends on the success of these determined, diminutive creatures. Naked Beauty is produced by Blacklight Films and Alix Tidmarsh. Worldwide release 2011.

  • Chimpanzee - Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield co-direct this intimate look at the world of chimpanzees, with Christophe Boesch, head of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, serving as principal consultant and Alix Tidmarshas producer. To be shot over three years in the tropical jungles of the Ivory Coast and Uganda, Chimpanzee will help us better understand this exceptionally intelligent species. Worldwide release 2012.

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