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Disneynature
Type Subsidiary of Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group (Disney)
Founded April 21, 2008
Headquarters Paris, France
Industry Motion pictures
Owner(s) The Walt Disney Company
Parent Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group
Website disney.com/nature

Disneynature is an independent film label of The Walt Disney Company, announced on April 21, 2008. Its releases will consist of big screen nature documentaries.

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Background

Disney veteran Jean-Francois Camilleri, who has served as senior vice president and general manager for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures France will head the new unit. Disneynature will be based in France, where Camilleri and his team will oversee the initiation, development and acquisition of high quality feature projects.

The first film released domestically under the new label was the American version of Earth, from award-winning British producer/director Alastair Fothergill, whose credits include the landmark Planet Earth series for the BBC and The Discovery Channel and The Blue Planet. Earth, produced by BBC Worldwide and Greenlight Media and co-directed by Mark Linfield, was released in cinemas internationally in 2007. It premiered in the U.S. on Earth Day, April 22, 2009. Disneynature will also distribute the film in Latin America.

Disneynature announced in a press release[1] that the film will be narrated by James Earl Jones, replacing Patrick Stewart who narrated the international version.

The first new production to be released by Disneynature was announced to be The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos.[2] The world premiere of the film took place in Bordeaux, France on October 26, 2008, and is currently being released internationally throughout 2009.

Disneynature is the official sponsor for the 2009 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival.

Films

Film Year Budget Worldwide Gross Production Studio Release Date
Earth
2009
$15,000,000 (estimated)
$106,848,000
Greenlight Media AG
BBC Worldwide
UK November 16, 2007
US April 22, 2009
Oceans
2010
Greenlight Media AG
BBC Worldwide
UK November 6, 2009
US April 22, 2010

Announced projects

Among the other Disneynature projects currently in development or production are:

  • Hidden Beauty: A Love Story that Feeds the Earth – In this film, nature is ready for its close-up, as exacting macro photography takes us to the realm of flowers and their pollinators. Acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg introduces us to a bat, a hummingbird, a butterfly and a bumblebee, demonstrating their intricate interdependence and how life on earth depends on the success of these determined, diminutive creatures. Hidden Beauty is produced by Blacklight Films and Alix Tidmarsh. Worldwide release 2011.
  • African Cats: Kingdom of Courage – Audiences will get to meet three mothers – a lioness, a leopard and a cheetah – as they explore their world on the great plains of Africa. Co-directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill and produced by Alix Tidmarsh, this film will show how these magnificent animals survive on their power and their cunning, while they protect and teach their cubs the ways of the wild. Worldwide release 2012.
  • Chimpanzee - Fothergill and Mark Linfield co-direct this intimate look at the world of chimpanzees, with Christophe Boesch, head of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, serving as principal consultant and Alix Tidmarsh as producer. To be shot over three years in the tropical jungles of the Ivory Coast and Uganda, Chimpanzee will help us better understand this exceptionally intelligent species. Worldwide release 2013.
  • Orangutans: One Minute to Midnight – Directed by Charlie Hamilton James and produced by Frédéric Fougea, this film tells the true story of a six-year-old male orangutan and his little sister, who must take an incredible journey to find a home and a family. Worldwide release TBA

The logo of Disneynature is an iceberg that resembles Sleeping Beauty Castle.

The music for the Disneynature logo was composed by Mark Mancina who recorded his score at the Sony Scoring Stage on March 21, 2008 with the Hollywood Studio Symphony, conducted by Don Harper.

See also

  • True Life Adventures-Walt Disney's Academy Award-winning nature film series, and the first nature film series produced by Disney.

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References

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