Disneynature Elephant and Dolphin Reef Trailer

Since 2008, Disneynature has released near a dozen and a half documentaries that focus on various ecosystems and the creatures who inhabit them. Traditionally, these movies arrive in theaters around Earth Day. But this year, Disney is bringing nature into your home with two new feature-length Disneynature documentaries arriving on Disney+ this week.

Elephant shines a light on an African elephant named Shani and her son Jimo as they make the journey across the Kalahari Desert. Meanwhile, Dolphin Reef heads into cooler territory under the sea to follow Echo, a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin who is on the cusp of growing up.  Read More »

Disneynature Clips

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, check out the various pieces of visual effects software that bring movies like Avengers: Infinity War, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and more. Plus, take a look back at 10 years of Disneynature documentaries, and run through a bunch of the favorite catchphrases from the first two seasons of Queer Eye on Netflix. Read More »

penguins trailer

Having a rough day? Here, take a few minutes, and watch this trailer for Disneynature’s Penguins. It’s a nature documentary about a penguin named Steve. And it looks delightful. The Disneynature’s Penguins trailer is below.

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Monkey Kingdom trailer

Disneynature’s string of adorable animal documentaries will continue next year with Monkey Kingdom, about a tribe of monkeys living in the jungles of South Asia. They’re thousands of miles and several evolutionary branches removed from the subjects of this year’s Bears, and yet the formula remains pretty much the same.

There are cute-looking creatures and majestic-looking ones, and at the center of it all is a loose plotline about a mother and her baby fighting for survival in a harsh world. Watch the Monkey Kingdom trailer after the jump.

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Disneynature's Bears

After exploring Earth, Oceans, African Cats, and Chimpanzee(s) over the past few Earth Days, Disneynature is taking a bit of a break from the theater this year. Their next film, Wings of Life, hits later this month, but only on home video.

But fear not, because Disneynature will be back in full force next year. The documentary label has just revealed a trailer for its next theatrical release, the simply titled Bears. As you may have guessed from the title, the film looks at bears, described by directors Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey as “one of the most iconic animals on our planet.” Hit the jump to watch the video.

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As has been the case since 2009, each Earth Day brings with it another tremendous, next-level nature documentary from the folks at Disneynature. The latest one, Chimpanzee, is absolutely tremendous. And while bearing the mark of Disney does bring with it the need to make the films “fun for the whole family,” kudos must be given for not dumbing the story down too much.

While Chimpanzee does have narration and a story arc that is somewhat thrust upon it, the imagery is so gorgeous that maintaining any haughty criticism in just bananas. (Ha!) In celebration, this week’s TBMYPHS is focused on nature documentaries that stand out as transformative works of art. While I love some of the BBC/PBS stuff like, say, Wild China, we’re looking for a different type of journey with this one. Read More »