Earth Month is right around the corner and Disney + is ready. What better way to celebrate nature than with their new Disneynature film, Elephant, narrated by The Duchess of Sussex herself, Meghan Markle.
The new film will premiere on April 3rd alongside with the previously announced Dolphin Reef, which is
narrated by Academy Award®-winning actress Natalie Portman. Additionally, following its theatrical release last year, the Disneynature film Penguins will also make it’s Disney+ debut on April 3.
Also joining the Disneynature titles on the 3rd are: In the Footsteps of Elephant, A Life on the Edge, and Diving with Dolphins. All three additions to this amazing nature collection will give viewers behind-the-scenes access into the unique filmmaking process of all three films.
Directed by Mark Linfield, co-directed by Vanessa Berlowitz and Alastair Fothergill, and produced by Mark Linfield, Vanessa Berlowitz and Roy Conli, Elephant follows African elephant Shani and her spirited son Jomo as they, along with their herd, make the journey across the vast Kalahari Desert on a quest to reach a lush, green paradise. In recognition of Elephant, Disneynature and the Disney Conservation Fund are supporting Elephants Without Borders, an organization working in Botswana to ensure people and elephants thrive. Elephants Without Borders is working on strategies to protect Botswana’s elephant haven, helping to reduce human-wildlife conflict through education, economic development, and solutions that either redirect elephant migration away from people, or provide communities with tools that help to protect themselves and their properties when elephants are nearby.
Dolphin Reef takes viewers on a trip under the sea to frolic with some of the planet’s most engaging animals: dolphins. The film introduces Echo, a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin who can’t quite decide if it’s time to grow up and take on new responsibilities. Dolphin society is tricky, and the coral reef that Echo and his family call home depends on all of its inhabitants to keep it healthy. But Echo has a tough time resisting the many adventures the ocean has to offer. Keith Scholey, who directed Disneynature’s Bears, sits at the helm of this adorable adventure. Disney has a long history of supporting oceans and marine life around the world. Grants from the Disney Conservation Fund and expertise from Disney Conservation Team Wildlife have helped leading conservation organizations and communities to establish coral nurseries to help to re-grow their damaged reefs, build fisheries that save fish and provide local job opportunities, rescue stranded dolphins, and inspire children to explore and protect coastlines, reefs and other marine habitats.
Looks like Disney + is unquestionably celebrating Earth Month in a big way, while at the same time giving parents, who are having to pull homeschool material together at home, new and exciting things to add to their science lessons!