Continuing its forays in natural history programming, Discovery Communications’ Animal Planet has licensed Disneynature’s Oceans, African Cats and The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos to premiere in the third quarter of 2012.
The Pierce Brosnan-narrated Oceans (pictured), released theatrically in 2010, chronicles the mysteries beneath the sea, featuring never-before-seen imagery using state-of-the-art underwater filming technology.
Airing in the fourth quarter of 2012, The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos travels to Northern Tanzania to document the crimson-winged flamingo in the never-before-filmed location of Lake Natron. The film focuses on one chick’s struggle to make it to the next phase of its life.
Lastly, African Cats looks at the big cats of the African savanna, including Mara, a lion cub; Sita, a cheetah that has given birth to five newborns; and Fang, the leader of the pride. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, Animal Planet will air the film in third quarter of 2013.
“Animal Planet is known for its epic nature films, and we continue to produce and look to license quality programming in this genre,” said Rick Holzman, senior vice president of programming and scheduling at Animal Planet.