Just in time for Earth Day, DisneyNature, the studio that brought you Earth, Oceans, and Chimpanzee, is releasing Wings of Life. This film provides a stunning view of butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats, and flowers like we have never seen before. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg, Wings of Life uses AMAZING high speed, up close film-making techniques to show these animals and flowers in such crisp and vibrant detail.
Narrated by Meryl Streep, Wings of Life takes viewers on a stunning journey that celebrates life and shares the hidden drama as a third of the world’s food supply depends on these important, amazing, but threatened creatures. This movie really made my entire family stop and think about where our food comes from, how plants spread their pollen, and how we can make a difference protecting the Earth. When I first started the movie I honestly thought that my girls (7 and 9 years old) would be bored because of the documentary style of the movie but they really got into it. There was a section of the movie about gardening and planting fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This really hit home for us because we just planted our very first garden earlier this week. What great timing! Now my girls want to plant even plants including milkweed for butterflies and they also asked to put up a hummingbird feeder in our backyard. They loved watching all the up close shots of the butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and flowers that showed such amazing details that most people normally don’t see.
From The Sassy Little (9 year old) Blogger- I really like that the movie looks like you are up close to all the animals and flowers. I have never seen so many details like that.
From The Sassy Little (7 year old) Blogger- I thought it was sad when all of the bees died but I thought the flowers and the butterflies were pretty.
“In the chaos and craziness of our day-to-day lives, few of us stop to consider what’s happening behind the scenes in nature that makes ourlives possible,” said Streep. “This film is a stunning adventure that literally takes flight alongside all kinds of winged creatures—butterflies, bees and bats—each working hard to pollinate our planet.”
Said Schwartzberg, “For me, the joy of doing this film is to be able to explore worlds that humans can’t easily experience—bats sipping nectar in the middle of the desert at night, orchid bees expertly manipulated by a bucket orchid, exotic hummingbirds flying like airborne dancers, and a clustering monarch colony with millions of butterflies. I hope to share the spectacle of nature and to spark in others the sense of wonder I have about the natural world.”
Employing multiple cameras, both time-lapse and high-speed cinematography and extraordinary patience (while nature took its time unfolding), filmmakers shot on location in more than a dozen areas, ranging from the El Rosario Preserve in Michoacán, Mexico, to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Park in Arizona. “Wings of Life” features extraordinary imagery shot with digital cameras—one capable offrame rates of up to 1500 frames per second, and the use of a pinhole lens, which allowed the cameraman to get within millimeters of an insect subject while retaining a clear view of the background. The resulting imagery—intimate and breathtaking—is brought to life for audiences through spectacular high-definition picture and sound quality.
To celebrate the debut of “Wings of Life,” Disneynature has made a contribution to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) to protect pollinators worldwide. The DWCF has already supported more than 20 projects across North America focused on protecting pollinators and their habitats. Grants have helped conservationists save endangered butterflies, expand habitat for honeybees and educate children about the importance of pollinators and how they can help protect them.
The “Wings of Life” Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a sneak peek at Disneynature’s 2014 big-screen adventure “Bears.” In an epic story ofbreathtaking scale set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, the film, which is currently in production, follows two mother grizzly bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for performing this review. I received one or more products mentioned for free to conduct my review. The statements expressed by me in this post are my own personal and honest opinions of this product.