Our Planet (2019) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2019.

Categorization

Like Planet Earth (2006) but with a conservationist agenda that is relatively strong for David Attenborough.

Subject

Eight biomes, ending in Pripyat, Ukraine, where forest is reclaming the city abandoned in 1986.

Commentary

The leopard sex scene is amazing in its brevity, but the most beautiful shot is of a kingfisher catching lunch. The conservationst agenda is neither subtle nor intrusive: It takes the form of mentioning which species are threatened—with just a tiny number of statistics—and describing their ecological relationships with a little more detail than usual. This should be standard. Each episode ends with a reference to a website for learning more and contributing to the cause, but in every other respect, this is just as lovely and diverting as other recent productions with Attenborough.

moving picture nature non-fiction series