Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Trailer Trash Tuesday: Earth
After spending half of my Friday listening to this Sigur Ros song, I ventured out to see Frost/Nixon, and lo and behold was this trailer, featuring that very same song. So clearly I ended up much more inclined towards this movie than I originally would have been. Which isn't to say I wouldn't have been interested at all -- that shot of the shark at the beginning is gonna sell a lot of tickets, I bet.
So I don't know for 100% sure, but this appears to be a repackaging of the mega-super BBC documentary Planet Earth into something feature-film sized that can now run under Disney's new apparent nature-documentary banner. Hey, whatever works. This thing looks absolutely dazzling on the big screen, so it's worth whatever hoops had to get jumped through.
I'm not sure if it's the Disney effect at work or what, but there does seem to be some anthropomorphizing of the animals going on in the "story of three families" that they're touting. It doesn't seem as overt as, say, March of the Penguins, but it'll probably make Werner Herzog annoyed enough to go make another documentary about how much he hates people. (Said documentary will undoubtedly be terrific.)
I should also note the narrating being done by the illustrious James Earl Jones. I'm not sure what he had to do to wrest this gig out of Morgan Freeman's clenched fists, but I would kind of like to see a documentary about that. James Earl Jones and Morgan Freeman battling each other for all the sweet voice-over gigs in Hollywood. Sounds like a winner of an idea to me.