Earth Day and Month has a special place in the Walt Disney Company’s heart. Every year they release a Disneynature film in honor of the holiday, and this year is no different. Well, it’s a little different, since this year Disneynature’s new and old titles are coming to Disney+. Yep, we’re going to be able to watch our favorite animal documentaries right from the comfort of our homes, and we can’t wait!
This year’s Disneynature documentary is titled Elephant, and it’s set to hit Disney+ on April 3rd. The documentary will be narrated by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, and will follow Shani, an African Elephant, and Jomo, Shani’s son, as they travel across the Kalahari Desert. Leading the loyal herd is Gaia, the herd’s matriarch, who is ready for the challenge. And it will be a challenge! We can’t wait to watch and hope that the herd makes it to their “Lush, green paradise.”
As with all Disneynature’s documentaries, they have, once again, teamed up with the Disney Conservation Fund to support an organization that supports the animal being documented. Since this year we’re following elephants, Disneynature and the Disney Conservation Fund will be working with Elephants Without Borders. Elephants Without Borders aims to “protect Botswana’s elephant haven, helping to reduce human-wildlife conflict through education, economic development, and solutions that either redirect elephant migration away from people, or provide communities with tools that help to protect themselves and their properties when elephants are nearby.”
After you’ve watched Elephant, you can check out Disneynature’s Dolphin Reef, which was released in 2018. Narrated by Academy Award Winner Natalie Portman, Dolphin Reef follows Echo, a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin “who can’t quite decide if it’s time to grow up and take on new responsibilities.”
And when you’re done with dolphins, you can check out Penguins, Disneynature’s documentary from last year. Narrated by Ed Helms, Penguins centers on Steve, an Adélie penguin who is trying to build a nest, find a life partner, and start a family all the while trying to survive the icy Antarctic spring.
If you’re like us, you’ll want to know even more about elephants, dolphins, and penguins after watching these two documentaries. Disneynature and Disney+ figured you might so they’re also adding In The Footsteps of Elephant, A Life on the Edge, and Diving with Dolphins, which “Give viewers behind-the-scenes access into the unique filmmaking process of all three films.”
In addition to these amazing Disneynature titles, Disney+ is also getting even more documentaries, series, and films from National Geographic and Disneynature. You can find the titles as well as everything else coming to Disney+ in April here.
Which one will you watch first? Let us know in the comments, or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP! And don’t forget to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd!
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