Oceans is Disneynature’s second release after Earth in 2009. That last documentary was very well received because of its amazing camera work and grand style. Now, we return again to the theaters on Earth Day to watch Oceans. This film explores the five oceans that cover Earth’s surface and the creatures that dwell beneath it. A percentage of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards saving the coral reefs.
The production took four years to film. It was done by French nature film maker, Jacques Perrin with a budge of 50 million euros and shot at fifty different locations. The film is shot in high definition using underwater cameras. Demi Levato and Joe Jonas recorded a special duet for the film entitled “Make A Wave.” The film is narrated by Pierce Brosnan.
This film is aimed at young audiences to introduce them to the world of undersea life. The first scene is one of a boy looking out towards the ocean, as if trying to imagine what all it might hold. From there, the cameras take us to dive bombing birds, fighting crabs, humpback whales, dancing dolphins, jellyfish, otters, and many other undersea creatures that most of us are familiar with. Pierce Brosnan narrates throughout with soft touch–not being overly complex in his use of science but also mentioning now and then that humanity is responsible for the well being of these creatures. One can’t be surprised that a film released on Earth Day would have bits added in to teach their young audience the importance of protecting our planet. But the focus is not on guilt, but on the beauty of the world around us and how we need to protect it. Many of the Brosnan lines are cheesy, but the film is aimed at a general audience, so it’s something to be forgiven for the most part. Whenever you get your own version of the film, you may be tempted to watch on mute as the narration can feel like a distraction.
Naturally, the cinematography was brilliant in this film, as we all expect after Earth, Life, and many other recent documentary wonders. Those familiar with the documentary genre will find that this film really doesn’t have much new to offer. It is a revisiting of the beauty of the oceans in the highest definition it has ever been in. This film would be a great family outing to celebrate our planet and help us get a little perspective as to our place in the world.
This film is rated G and runs for one hour and twenty four minutes.