Netflix has just dropped the first epic trailer for their groundbreaking new nature documentary Our Planet and it looks absolutely beautiful.
Even better the streaming giant has announced that the legendary Sir David ‘I made the BBC’ Attenborough will serve as Our Planet’s narrator, which guarantees we’ll be watching when it premieres on April 15, 2019.
Commenting on the announcement Lisa Nishimura, Vice President of Netflix Original Documentaries said:
We are delighted that Sir David Attenborough will voice the series and that Netflix, as a global platform, is able to bring this vital and magical series to an audience of over 190 countries worldwide next year
Check out the trailer here…
The ambitious eight-part documentary series aims to showcase some of our planet’s (see what we did there) most incredible species and their fragile habitats.
More than that the press release for the show promises that this pioneering documentary will showcase some of the most breathtaking places on Earth in ways that they’ve never been seen before, thanks to the use of advanced 4k camera technology.
Our Planet has been created in collaboration with Silverback Films, whose director Alastair Fothergill was the creator of the critically acclaimed original Planet Earth and Blue Planet series, and WWF, the world’s leading conservation organisation.
An incredible amount of hard work has gone into this amazing project, which took four years to film, involved over 600 crew members filming for more than three and a half thousand days across 50 countries, on every single continent.
Our Planet will reportedly focus on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.
Speaking at WWF’s State of the Planet Address event in London, Sir David Attenborough said:
Our Planet will take viewers on a spectacular journey of discovery showcasing the beauty and fragility of our natural world.
Today we have become the greatest threat to the health of our home but there’s still time for us to address the challenges we’ve created, if we act now. We need the world to pay attention.
Our Planet brings together some of the world’s best filmmakers and conservationists and I’m delighted to help bring this important story to millions of people worldwide.
It’s hoped that the show’s partnership with WWF will enable the series to be part of a wider global project which will help inspire people around the world to discover why our natural world matters.
To that end, the project aims to go beyond just showcasing the spectacle of our planet to reveal what we must do now to ensure people and nature can thrive by offering a wealth of online resources to the public as well as educational programmes for schools.
Alastair Fothergill, Director at Silverback, said:
Our Planet is our most ambitious endeavour to date, we hope it will inspire and delight hundreds of millions of people across the world so they can understand our planet, and the environmental threat it faces, as never before.
The crew have ventured to all corners of the globe to capture breathtaking natural history sequences and using the latest filming technology to bring these never-filmed-before moments into people’s homes.
By launching on Netflix at the same time all over the world, this series will enable people to connect to and understand the shared responsibility we all have. We are genuinely all in this together.
The Executive Director of WWF-UK and Executive Producer of Our Planet, Colin Butfield reiterated these comments saying that as the first generation to be actively aware of humanity’s impact on the planet we have a responsibility to do something about it.
He continued that humanity is at a ‘unique moment’ where we have the chance to fix things and work towards a better future, adding that by showcasing the wonders of our world Our Planet will hopefully inspire people to protect it.
Watch the Our Planet series when it arrives on Netflix on April 15, 2019.
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