Source: Film Threat
Discovery’s latest hit “Serengeti” follows the varied wildlife for one year in one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.
But first, here’s a quick geography lesson for context. The Serengeti ecosystem is in northern Tanzania lays claim to the second-largest terrestrial mammal migration on the planet. Its approximately 18,500 miles houses swamps, grasslands, and woods, amongst other habitats.
While the animals are all given names, they don’t have a distinct voice. Instead, “Serengeti” is narrated by Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as the spirit of the Serengeti.
It doesn’t matter if she’s talking about the lioness taking on some zebras or the hurt pride of a baboon, the narration is always “we,” “us,” and so forth. This works very well, as it still humanizes the wildlife but never turns them into a cartoon.
Nyong’o breathes life into her voiceover so that the personal stakes of each story feels as grand as the setting.
“Serengeti” is available now on Discovery.
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