Sunday night March 18 was the premiere of the Discovery Channel’s new series Frozen Planet, and we highly recommend setting your DVRs for the next six weeks continue to capture the high drama and stunning photography of another epic nature series that was filmed in collaboration with the BBC. Filmmakers spent four years of filming the enticing creatures and gorgeous natural wonders of the Arctic and Antarctica. Reviews have been rhapsodic; we caught most of last night’s show, which was full of stunning photography and the high drama between creatures that we all love – polar bears, penguins, sea lions, wolves and even, in future shows…. killer whales. The stories of how the filmmakers got their footage is often as heroic as the stories of animals themselves. Though, the pure images of nature are pretty hard to best. The series is narrated by Alec Baldwin, though the final episode – which will air around Earth Day – is narrated by David Attenborough and will focus on global warming, according to the advance press. Click here for the review in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Common Sense Media who says the show is fine for the whole family.
Except that the folks at Warner Bros. and IMAX have done their best with a new film called To The Arctic, directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea,” “Dolphins”). The film is narrated by Meryl Streep and includes songs by Paul McCartney.