Dive into Disneynature's "Oceans" on Earth Day for Coral Reefs

Last year the folks at Disneynature brought us the spectacular film, "Earth," on Earth Day. This year the studio releases "Oceans," a chronicle of the mysterious depths in five of the world's oceans, showing in theaters on April 22, Earth Day 2010. Narrated by Pierce Brosnan and directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, it captured imagery with the newest underwater technology. Instead of planting trees for everyone who sees it opening week, Disneynature will make a contribution to The Nature Conservancy to save coral reefs in honor of every guest. The trailer provides a glimpse of the amazing footage. Shot at 50 different locations, and taking three years to complete, Oceans spotlights tons of sea animals including leatherback turtles, wild-looking dugong, spooky deep sea creatures, twirling whales, and swirling giant squid. The immersion camerawork takes viewers through a shoal of tuna, along dolphin stampedes and swimming with a great white. See the YouTube video here for an advance look at the film.


Humpbacks star in Disneynature's "Oceans"

Directed by the French team that filmed Winged Migration, some never-seen-before imagery illustrates the wonders, informs, and gets the environmental message across about the impact of humans on the oceans. Brosnan narrates with conviction as an actively involved ocean conservationist, supporting a long list of organizations, including the International Fund for Animal Welfare's "Save the Whales Again!" campaign, as well as working with environmental organizations including Sea Shepherd, California Coastal Protection Network, Ocean Futures Society, Oceana, and Waterkeeper Alliance.

The Nature Conservancy and Disneynature's "See OCEANS, Save Oceans" campaign hopes to make waves. The funds donated will establish protected marine areas in The Bahamas, which contain miles of coral reefs providing natural habitat and feeding grounds for hundreds of marine species. These reefs account for 30 percent of the total reef area in the Atlantic. Threatened, they could be gone from the Caribbean within 40 years without marine protected areas. The Adopt-a-Reef program can help save a coral kingdom, considering last year's record-breaking attendance at Earth, with Disneynature planting 2.7 million trees in Brazil's Atlantic Forest.


Caught diving into one of five oceans shot in "Oceans."

Described as an ecological drama/documentary, "part thriller and part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world," Oceans will awe moviegoers without 3D or IMAX. An extensive 44-page educators' guide is available on the film's site including children's activities to inspire kids while informing them about the fact that three-quarters of the planet's surface is covered by water, showing how the oceans sustain life in its depths and on the earth, and what they can do to save the oceans.

More on oceans:
9 Ways We Can Save the Ocean, and Save Ourselves
How Will Global Warming Change Our Oceans? A Quick Primer
Global Warming's Evil Twin: Ocean Acidification
Climate Change Causing Ocean Dead Zones to Grow
Ocean Film Fest 2010: It's Not If, But How Military Sonar Kills Whales

Tags: Conservation | Documentaries | Oceans | Turtles | Whales