Apple acquires worldwide rights to “The Elephant Queen”

Apple acquires worldwide rights to “The Elephant Queen”

Source:  Deadline

Apple has acquired the worldwide rights to Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble’s documentary “The Elephant Queen” about Athena, a giant matriarch elephant who when faced with a drought must decide whether to lead her pachyderm family away from the water hole they call home or into the badlands in search of food and water.

The risk? The smallest elephants may not be strong enough to complete the trip.

Deeble and Stone immersed themselves with the elephants during the course of four years, living up close and personal with Athena and her herd, highlighting the striking similarities between elephants and people.

The film is narrated by Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave,” “Doctor Strange,” the upcoming “Lion King”), and screened today at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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“Earth: One Amazing Day” premieres tonight on BBC America

“Earth: One Amazing Day” premieres tonight on BBC America

Source:  Bustle

If you’ve been itching for a fresh installment of nature delivered straight to your TV, then you’re in luck.

The sequel to BBC’s “Earth” already aired in the U.K. at the end of last year, but all of its giant pandas, penguins, sloths, and more will be migrating to American televisions this weekend for the first time ever.

You can catch “Earth: One Amazing Day” on BBC America on Saturday, July 7.

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“Pick of the Litter” follows five puppies training as guide dogs for the blind

“Pick of the Litter” follows five puppies training as guide dogs for the blind

Source:  PEOPLE

Never has a movie about puppies been so cute — and so dramatic.

The official trailer for the documentary,  “Pick of the Litter,” has dropped, introducing viewers to five friendly pups who were born to train with the organization, Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Cameras follow the three males and two females along their 20-month journey of intense training sessions and tests, down to the moment when it’s decided which dogs will be placed with the visually-impaired people who need them.

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Ashley Bell’s “Love & Bananas” spotlights efforts to save the endangered Asian elephant

Ashley Bell’s “Love & Bananas” spotlights efforts to save the endangered Asian elephant

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Anyone who loves elephants is bound to adore Ashley Bell’s deeply affecting documentary about efforts to save the Asian elephant.

The film’s focus is on one elephant in particular: 70-year-old Noi Na, seen being rescued from a miserable life giving rides to tourists in Thailand.

Depicting the endless cruelties perpetrated on these magnificent animals while delivering a moving feel-good story in the process, “Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story,” is guaranteed to not leave a dry eye in the house.

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“Penguins” Trailer: Disneynature’s upcoming documentary is all about, you guessed it, penguins

“Penguins” Trailer: Disneynature’s upcoming documentary is all about, you guessed it, penguins

Source:  IndieWire

If you need a new documentary that anthropomorphizes animals in your life, it would appear that Disneynature has you covered with “Penguins.”

The film introduces us to Steve, whose quest for domestic bliss of the arctic variety is threatened by such predators as orcas and seals.

Per the synopsis, “Penguins” is a “coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner, and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after.”

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Blue Planet II is nature documentary filmmaking at its very best. Premieres tonight on BBC America.

Blue Planet II is nature documentary filmmaking at its very best. Premieres tonight on BBC America.

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Two of the great nature documentaries of the modern era used high-definition cameras, relentless patience, and enormous dedication to capture an exploration of life on Earth that hasn’t since been equaled — except by their sequels.

The BBC’s “Planet Earth” and “Blue Planet,” which focused on oceans, remain classics.

In February 2017, “Planet Earth II” premiered, and the results were jaw-dropping.

Tonight, across five networks — BBC America, AMC, IFC, We TV and Sundance TV — the first episode of “Blue Planet II” will present its newest underwater odyssey, and the results are equally stunning.

The remaining six episodes will air exclusively on BBC America.

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