April 30, 2010 > Disneynature's "Oceans"
By Mona Shah
In theaters now
The magic and the wonder of life at sea will be unveiled when "Oceans" opens on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this week.
Nearly three-quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water and "Oceans" boldly chronicles the mysteries that lie beneath. Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud dive deep into the very waters that sustain all of mankind-exploring the harsh reality and the amazing creatures that live within. Featuring spectacular never-before seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies, "Oceans" offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea.
"Oceans" puts audiences in the very heart of the action, racing along amid a school of traveling tuna, leaping with dolphins and swimming shoulder-to-fin with the great white shark. "Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud have given us the pleasure of looking over their shoulders and doing what I have only dreamed of being able to do," says Dr. Sylvia Earle, Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society. "Watching this film, I felt as if I were in a school of fish, that I was a dolphin or a whale, swimming along with them. It takes me places I've always wanted to go. This is beyond art. This captures the spirit, the very essence of the sea."
Narrated by actor and active environmentalist Pierce Brosnan ("The Ghost Writer,"
"Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," "Mamma Mia!"), "Oceans" also shines a light on the many threats, both natural and manmade, facing the oceans and their populations.
"'Oceans' allows the audience to be a part of marine life-to share all the emotions engendered by the exploration of the last great wild expanse: wonder, fear, calm, tenderness, violence, vitality, power. We took the time to allow the animals to invite us in. We waited to become a fish among fish," states director Jacques Cluzaud.
Disneynature, the studio that presented the record-breaking film "Earth," brings "Oceans" to the big screen.