Netflix's new nature documentary series is not for the faint of heart. Sure, Our planet offers the kind of looks that inspire fear in the frozen landscape of the Antarctica or the Brazilian rainforest you expect from a nature doc. But you will also have a disturbing look at the way human activity is destroying these natural wonders.
In one of the most talked about moments of the eight-episode series, the walruses, who have been forced into less and less space due to shrinking sea ice, climb to the top of a cliff to escape overcrowding. Then, they dive into death. It's a disturbing scene, but it's intentional. The series not only wants to inspire wonder, but also to create a sense of urgency in protecting the wild places and things of the planet.
The entire series is narrated by David Attenborough, whose rich voice commented on dozens of films and television episodes during his seven decades of career. If you want to deepen Attenborough's work, take a look at these documentaries, which are now streamed on Netflix.
David Attenborough documentaries on Netflix
Netflix has a large selection of Attenborough documentaries available for streaming. Here are some of the highlights.
Planet Earth is Planet Earth II: The widely praised Planet Earth The series blew people's minds when it was first broadcast on the BBC in 2006. It has become one of the most popular naturalistic programs in history. The sequel, Planet Earth II, was released in 2016.
The blue planet is Blue Planet II: Attenborough recounts these two series of BBC documentaries, 2001 and 2017, which explore life in the world's oceans
Hunting: A series of eight episodes from 2015 that examines the relationship between predators and prey.
Life story: Follow animals like meerkats and chimpanzees from birth to adulthood in this six-part series.
Africa: A five-part series examines the diversity of wildlife in Africa, from the Sahara desert to the southernmost tip of the continent.
Icy planet: Discover life in the Arctic and the Antarctic in this series of six episodes of 2011.
Life: Attenborough tells this series of 10 episodes. Different seasons examine how different groups of living things, including reptiles, fish, primates and plants, survive.
The great events of nature: Testifies some of the most impressive natural events in the world, including the great salmon race in Alaska and the great migration of the Serengeti.
Elephants: spy in the herd: Spy cameras offer a unique look at elephant behavior in this 49-minute documentary. You can also stream Lions: Spy in the den, Bears: Spy in the woods, Trek: Spy on the wildebeest, is Tiger: Spy in the Jungle.
Other Attenborough documentaries on Netflix include Nature: grow the dinosaur giant is Animal House.
Will Attenborough will tell Planet Earth III
In February, BBC America announced it Frozen Planet II would air in 2021, followed by Planet Earth III in 2022. But it is not clear if Attenborough – who is 92 years old – will provide the voice for those sequels. A narrator for those films has not been announced, and the Guardian has reported that while Attenborough is available to return to the BBC, it also wants to take advantage of Netflix's global audience. However, he will narrate the imminent One Planet: Seven Worlds for BBC America.
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