It’s Friday and Earth Day! That means Disney has a huge selection of new original programming to celebrate Planet Earth, including an all-new DisneyNature film about Polar Bears and two new National Geographic documentaries.
Here’s the rundown:
The Simpsons – When Billie Met Lisa
In “When Billie Met Lisa,” Lisa Simpson is discovered by chart-topping artists Billie Eilish and FINNEAS while searching for a quiet place to practice her saxophone. Billie invites Lisa to her studio for a special jam session she’ll never forget.
Disneynature’s “Polar Bear”
The film tells the story of a new mother whose memories of her own youth prepare her to navigate motherhood in the increasingly challenging world that polar bears face today. Helmed by Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson, the directing team behind Disneynature’s “Penguins,” and produced by Fothergill, Wilson, Jason Roberts, Keith Scholey and Roy Conli. Two-time Academy Award nominee Catherine Keeneer (“Capote,” “Being John Malkovich”) is narrating “Polar Bear.
“Bear Witness” journeys alongside the filmmakers behind Disneynature’s “Polar Bear” as they face profound challenges 300 miles from the North Pole. The team, who created a revolutionary arctic camp on site, navigated virtually impassible snow drifts and tenuous sea ice, garnering unprecedented footage revealing adaptive behaviors that surprised even this veteran team of filmmakers
“Explorer: The Last Tepui”
The Disney+ Earth Day special “Explorer: The Last Tepui,” from National Geographic, follows elite climber Alex Honnold (“Free Solo”) and a world-class climbing team led by National Geographic Explorer and climber Mark Synnott on a grueling mission deep in the Amazon jungle as they attempt a first-ascent climb up a 1000 foot sheer cliff. Their goal is to deliver legendary biologist and National Geographic Explorer Bruce Means to the top of a massive “island in the sky” known as a tepui. The team must first trek miles of treacherous jungle terrain to help Dr. Means complete his life’s work, searching the cliff wall for undiscovered animal species. The one-hour special is the newest installment of National Geographic’s long-running “Explorer” series. This Earth Day, learn why the tepuis – much like the Galapagos – are a treasure trove of biodiversity worth protecting.
“The Biggest Little Farm: The Return”
The Disney+ Earth Day special “The Biggest Little Farm: The Return,” from National Geographic, is based on the 2018 award-winning feature documentary film that tells the story of John and Molly Chester, who abandon their urban life in Los Angeles to live on a barren farm to grow delicious food in harmony with nature in Ventura County. The new special follows the farmers’ 10-year tireless journey as they transform the land into a magical working farm and document the whole process in this heartwarming special that is akin to a real-life “Charlotte’s Web.” Apricot Lane Farms is a beautiful, complex world that reflects our planet’s biodiversity, and this special introduces audiences to animals that will quickly burrow into their hearts, like Emma the pig who welcomes her newest litter and an adorable lamb named Moe who befriends the family. This Earth Day, see how the farmers utilize the interconnectedness of nature to help build soil health, maximize biodiversity, and regeneratively grow the most nutrient-dense food possible.
Connie, a married woman, bumps into Paul, a handsome stranger, and finds herself attracted to him. However, when she pursues an extramarital affair with him, Edward, her husband, gets suspicious.
The King of Comedy
Rupert Pupkin desperately wants to become a comedian and approaches talk show host Jerry Langford for a chance to perform on his show. When all fails, he teams up with Masha to kidnap Jerry.
Natural Born Killers
The misadventures of Mickey and Mallory: outcasts, lovers, serial killers. They travel across route 666 conducting psychedelic mass-slaughters not for money, not for revenge, just for kicks.
A rehabilitation centre in western Kalimantan in Borneo aims to rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned orangutans for release back into the wild.
Once Upon a Time in America
Noodles, a former gangster during the Prohibition Era, returns to New York after a self-imposed exile to confront his past and make amends for his mistakes.
What are you looking forward to watching on Disney+ this weekend?