Remember, March of the Penguins??? Became one of the biggest family films of that year making more than $127 million worldwide. Kids love stuff like this.
Disney has a successful record throughout it's history in producing popular films that feature live animals and natural settings ..everything from documentaries to stories with plots. Here is a partial list -
Sacred Planet Homeward Bound Snow Dogs
Follow Me, Boys!
Men Against the Arctic
Of course, wildlife shorts were an integral part of what made Walt's television shows successful.
To Boldly Go Where No MiceChatter Has Gone Before!
The previews present the different regions and wildlife of our planet in a very robust and colorfully exciting manner. A Disney feature film documentary of this nature is something immensly special to look forward to.
I saw the movie this past Tuesday at an early screening and I had the pleasure to sit in on a Q & A with the actual directors of the film, Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield. They mentioned that it took 5 years to film this movie in 42 different countries. How insane is that? You definitely get this awesome experience in 90 minutes to explore and see so much of the world.
Originally Posted by ZeekSlider
I figured as much, but I don't see this being much of a family film. In fact at that scale? I see a lot of parents falling asleep to the narration of James Earl Jones and Patrick Stewert.
I actually commend Disney and the directors on how kid-friendly this film actually was. A little girl in front of me had her eyes peeled on the screen the entire time during the screening. She would cheer and laugh and you just saw her enjoyment throughout the film. James Earl Jones was a great narrator. I pleasantly surprised with some unexpected moments where he was sarcastic and funny and made jokes that left the entire audience literally laughing out loud. He would comment on some of the natural movements and daily habits of the animals you see on the screen.