Dive into Disney’s Oceans, the second film from Disneynature, Walt Disney Studios’ new documentary label. Oceans, which opens on Earth Day, follows in the footsteps of last year’s big-screen release Earth, using new camera techniques to immerse viewers in the undersea environment.
Spider-crab wars, dolphin chases, sea creatures caring for their young and “wonderfully ugly oddities” all are documented with an intimacy “never seen until now,” co-director Jacques Perrin tells Reuters. Cameras encased in special boxes even capture divers swimming alongside massive great white sharks.
Oceans also depicts ocean life in peril: In one scene, a gasping, mutilated shark released from a trawling net drifts toward the ocean floor trailing a plume of blood. But, says Perrin: “The cry of hope is stronger than the cry of alarm. The sea is still rich; we’ve made it bleed, but it is there, and if we want, things could start anew.”
Disney created the Disneynature imprint to “highlight the interrelatedness of all life on Earth,” not just to tell nature’s story but “to let people know how, through their actions, they can affect the story’s ending.”
By working with the best wildlife directors in the field, Disneynature head Jean-Francois Camilleri hopes to “help audiences discover the incredible beauty of our world, but also understand the challenges for future generations.”