EARTH

Evoking God’s Handiwork

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Release Date: September 10, 1999

Starring: ** Amazing Nature Movie **

Genre: Documentary

Audience: All ages

Rating: G

Runtime: 96 minutes

Address Comments To:

Robert Iger, President/CEO
The Walt Disney Company
(Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax Films, and Buena Vista Distribution)
Dick Cook, Chairman
The Walt Disney Studios
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: (818) 560-1000
Website: www.disney.com

Content:

(BB, E, V) Strong implied moral worldview highlighting how our planet is made perfectly for life with two minor references to climate change and global warming; no foul language; instances of predator chasing and catching prey but no shots of blood or actual carnage; no sexual content; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking or illegal drugs; and, nothing else objectionable.

Summary:

EARTH is a beautiful documentary that captures the majesty of Creation as the movie follows families of elephants, whales and polar bears. There are two implied environmentalist references to global warming, and very young children may be troubled by a few predator versus prey scenes, but otherwise this is a wonderful family movie.

Review:

EARTH is a riveting, beautiful documentary that captures the majesty of Creation as the movie follows a family of elephants, whales and polar bears as they live out one full year of migration. Based on and using much of the same footage as the Discovery Channel’s series PLANET EARTH, this remake focuses on these three animal families, though there are spectacular views of earth with incredible time-lapse photography as well.

This documentary footage shows a momma polar bear and her two cubs emerging from hibernation and moving to the shore for food. Meanwhile, dad polar bear takes a journey in search of seals but finds nothing. A mom elephant and her youngster make their annual migration with the herd across the scorching Kalahari Desert to a watering hole during flood season. A mother whale and her newborn baby travel thousands of miles to the South Pole to find the feeding grounds.

All of these journeys are fraught with peril and danger. Along the way, as each season turns, there is also wonderful footage of ducks migrating, cranes overcoming the Himalaya mountains in order to fly South, along with monkeys, giraffes and colorful, unusual birds of paradise.

One of the most spectacular shots is to see satellite time-lapse photos as Northern Europe turns green as Spring arrives. There are other time-lapse sequences of an entire forest going through the seasons as leaves appear, bloom, turn colors and fall.

Though there is no overt mention of Creation, one can’t help but to see God’s handiwork in every shot.

There are two minor words of caution. The first is that there are two references to a warming environment, which can have radical environmental implications. The second is that there are two scenes of an animal being chased and caught by a wolf and a leopard. Once caught, the scene cuts away, showing no blood. However, there is much dramatic build up and these scenes may bother very young children. One of the main animals we follow dies, which also may be difficult for some young children.

However, this movie is beautiful and can truly be appreciated on the big screen. With the minor notes of caution, media-wise viewers will find this to be a wonderful family movie.

In Brief:

EARTH is a beautiful documentary capturing the majesty of Creation as the story follows a family of elephants, whales and polar bears. A mother polar bear and her two cubs emerge from hibernation and move to the shore for food. A mom elephant and her youngster make their annual migration across the scorching Kalahari Desert. Finally, a mother whale and her newborn baby travel thousands of miles to the South Pole to find feeding grounds. Each journey is fraught with danger. Along the way, as each season turns, there is wonderful footage of ducks migrating, cranes overcoming the Himalaya mountains in order to fly South, and shots of monkeys, giraffes and colorful, unusual birds.

Though there is no overt mention of Creation, one can’t help but see God’s handiwork in every shot. There are two implied environmentalist references to global warming. There are also two intense scenes of an animal being chased and caught by a wolf and a leopard. Finally, one of the main animals dies. This may be difficult for some young children. However, this is a beautiful nature documentary that must be seen on the big screen.