Disney takes under the sea again, but this time in real time in the Disneynature documentary, “Oceans.” This documentary looks at the bodies of water that make up about 70 percent of the earth’s surface and 97 percent of the water on earth. It explores the marine animals in earth’s oceans and the negative effect humans can have on them when we become careless.
While Disneynature documentaries don’t appeal to me in the same way as National Geographic’s documentaries, they still always grab my attention when focusing on the water and water animals. “Oceans” is right near the top of the list of Disneynature’s documentaries for me. It’s not quite as good as “Dolphin Reef” or “Diving with Dolphins” to me, but is right on par with Disneynature’s documentaries on penguins.
The water is absolutely beautiful. The up close shots up the animals is breathtaking. Taking more than four years to make and visiting more than 50 different locations along the planet’s five oceans, it provides a backdrop of our planet that some of us may never get to see. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to see some of the places where animals that are featured in this documentary call home, but these types of films give me the chance to see them up close and personal, and I’m forever grateful for that.
I’ve said many times in these reviews that I prefer the more adult-oriented documentaries of National Geographic to the more kid and family friendly films from Disneynature, but I’m still glad Disneynature takes the times to make these. My sons might not appreciate a National Geographic documentary that goes into more graphic detail than this one does. Disneynature is perfect for them and while I might not want to watch this one on my own, I’m happy to sit down and watch it with them.
Part of what makes or breaks a documentary is the narrator and Disneynature picked a perfect one in Pierce Brosnan. The former James Bond actor brings a gravitas to every role he plays, and you can hear it in his voice as he narrates this documentary. While Meghan Markle’s performance in “Elephant,” and other behind the scenes details distracts from the story, Brosnan’s performance makes the documentary better. Yes, for some he may sound like James Bond trying to tell people about oceans, but for me, his Irish accent works to enhance his efforts.
I would probably rank this third of all the Disneynature documentaries I’ve seen. It might not be as appealing to an adult watching on his or her own, but it’s great for families to watch and learn together.
Ranking: 3.5 stars out of 5
What did you think of Disneynature’s “Oceans?”