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Earth

G Released Apr 22, 2009 1h 30m Documentary List
87% Tomatometer 94 Reviews 82% Audience Score 100,000+ Ratings
A global journey reveals how animal mothers struggle to raise their young in an increasingly dangerous environment. In the Arctic, a polar bear and her two newborn cubs must find food across the quickly melting ice. In Africa, an elephant and her calf begin an arduous journey in search of water, but a pride of lions guards the pool. A humpback whale must keep her calf safe over thousands of miles as they migrate from the equator to Antarctica. Read More Read Less
Earth

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With its spectacular and extensive footage, Earth is both informative and entertaining.

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Graham Keeley Hollywood Reporter Solid docu about global-warming informs rather than preaches. Dec 17, 2009 Full Review Jordan Hoffman UGO Earth may be the most striking collection of nature photography I've ever seen. It isn't flawless, but it is a one-of-a-kind treat. Rated: A- Aug 11, 2009 Full Review Sara Michelle Fetters MovieFreak.com I give directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield huge props for being able to so concisely whittle down their massive 11-episode magnum opus into such a delightfully entertaining and visually stimulating streamlined version. Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 30, 2009 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review The presentation is light and joyous and an easy viewing experience, which, unless you’re a self-hating earthling, you’re bound to love. Rated: 3.5/4 Dec 1, 2023 Full Review Richard Propes TheIndependentCritic.com It is impossible to leave the theater without a deeper appreciation for the world in which we live. Rated: 3.0/4.0 Sep 7, 2020 Full Review Rachel Wagner rachelsreviews.net If you don't require a plot and just like seeing all these animals and learning about them than you'll enjoy it. Rated: B- Apr 30, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member One of Disney Nature's best after all this time 15 years old this is a perfect example of how to do a nature documentary for kids and their parents It's actually adapted from the same BBC series but shot with a ton more footage James Earl Jones narrates this entry centering on 3 families of animals; polar bears, elephants, and whales There's even a part documenting some exotic birds almost like visiting an alien planet Some of the stuff feels restrained as far as showing the cycle of life; doesn't really show the money shots so to speak like carnivores eating their prey Plus the three main stories feel like they go off tangent at times not really connected to each other But it is so beautiful to watch and the animals are fascinating to watch their habitats as they make their way for survival Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/23/24 Full Review Audience Member https://youtu.be/EHC9HE7vazI Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member WHAT'S EARTH ABOUT? 90-minute version of the incredible BBC documentary miniseries Planet Earth. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A-) What the film version lacks in the miniseries' thoroughness, it makes up for in a breathless pace that relentlessly transports you all over the world (as any great adventure film should). The footage is, quite simply, some of the most stunning ever captured on film, in any genre. What's more, Earth works as a riveting drama, following three families (polar bears, humpback whales, and African elephants) as they try to survive predators, climate change, and the search for food, over the course of one year. I found myself invested in the survival of these animals as much or more than any fictional character, due at least in part to clever editing and skillful narration by James Earl Jones. The wonder of nature makes for a terrific blockbuster. IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR KIDS? Earth is rated G. There are some moments of animals in peril and some scenes of animals being attacked by predators, though thankfully there is no gory or bloody footage. ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES? With perseverance, grit, and teamwork you can survive almost anything. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Best earth movie documentary by far!!!! The art and cinematographic picture is off the hook! And the stories are amazing!!!! I was crying as I was experience the beauty of nature right before my eyes! Love the Disneynature movies! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Earth is an interesting film that you should not miss. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member It's cute, but kinda forgettable and worthless. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A global journey reveals how animal mothers struggle to raise their young in an increasingly dangerous environment. In the Arctic, a polar bear and her two newborn cubs must find food across the quickly melting ice. In Africa, an elephant and her calf begin an arduous journey in search of water, but a pride of lions guards the pool. A humpback whale must keep her calf safe over thousands of miles as they migrate from the equator to Antarctica.
Director
Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Producer
Alix Tidmarsh, Sophokles Tasioulis
Screenwriter
Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield, Leslie Megahey
Distributor
Walt Disney
Production Co
BBC Worldwide, Greenlight Media
Rating
G
Genre
Documentary
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 22, 2009, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2014
Box Office (Gross USA)
$32.0M
Runtime
1h 30m