Disney+ is commemorating Earth Day in April with three original movies and specials, including the latest wildlife film from Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson, and an Amazon expedition featuring Free Solo climber Alex Honnold (pictured).
Projects premiering on the streamer on April 22 include Polar Bear, the latest natural history feature from the Disneynature division, directed by Fothergill and Wilson and narrated by actor Catherine Keener. The film follows a polar bear that has just become a new mother and must navigate the uncertain terrain facing the species in today’s world. Fothergill and Wilson previously helmed Disneynature’s Penguins and also act as producers for the film, along with Jason Roberts, Keith Scholey and Roy Conli.
National Geographic will present the latest in its ‘Explorer’ strand via the streamer on Earth Day. Explorer: The Last Tepui sees superstar climber and star of Free Solo, Alex Honnold, and Nat Geo Explorer and climber Mark Synnott, lead a climbing team on a journey through the Amazon jungle to ascend a 1,000-foot sheer cliff. Their goal is to bring Nat Geo Explorer and biologist Bruce Means to the top of a huge “island in the sky,” otherwise known as a tepui, in a search for undiscovered animal species.
Also on tap for Earth Day is a special based on one of 2018′s most acclaimed documentaries. The Biggest Little Farm: The Return, from National Geographic, once again tells the story of John and Molly Chester, who left city life behind to transform barren farmland in Ventura County into a thriving, biodiverse farm with a colorful cast of animal characters.
The special Earth Day programming was announced Friday (January 14) as part of Disney+’s TCA presentation.
(Photo from Explorer: The Last Tepui by Ryan Valasek for National Geographic)