Apple TV+ announces ‘The Year Earth Changed’ wildlife doc narrated by David Attenborough

In celebration of Earth Day 2021, Apple TV+ will debut “The Year Earth Changed,” an original documentary special narrated by Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning broadcaster David Attenborough, along with the second seasons of documentary series “Tiny World” and “Earth At Night In Color.”

Apple TV+ announces 'The Year Earth Changed' wildlife doc narrated by David Attenborough

Set to premiere globally in more than 100 countries on April 16, 2021, each of these groundbreaking originals will captivate and inspire viewers to celebrate Earth Day.

“During this most difficult year, many people have reappraised the value and beauty of the natural world and taken great comfort from it,” said Attenborough. “But the lockdown also created a unique experiment that has thrown light on the impact we have on the natural world. The stories of how wildlife responded have shown that making even small changes to what we do can make a big difference.”

“The Year Earth Changed” showcases exclusive footage from around the world after an unprecedented year.

In the one-hour special, viewers will witness how changes in human behavior — reducing cruise ship traffic, closing beaches a few days a year, identifying more harmonious ways for humans and wildlife to coexist — can have a profound impact on nature. “The Year Earth Changed” is produced by BBC Studios Natural History Unit, directed by Tom Beard, and executive produced by Mike Gunton and Alice Keens-Soper.

Returning for season two, “Tiny World,” narrated and executive produced by Paul Rudd (“Ant-Man”), grants viewers a unique perspective into the natural world, illuminating the ingenuity and resilience of the planet’s smallest creatures.

Tiny World narrated by Paul Rudd

With over 200 species filmed and 3,160 hours of footage, the six-episode docuseries shares surprising stories and spectacular cinematography that spotlight small creatures and the extraordinary things they do to survive. Captured on film for the first time are anemone shrimp, which clap to signal their intent as cleaners of predatory fish; the “biting” behavior of fang blenny fish, filmed in slow-motion with unprecedented use of phantom high-speed cameras; and Etruscan shrews, known to be the hungriest mammals on earth. “Tiny World” is produced by Plimsoll Productions and is executive produced by Tom Hugh Jones, who also serves as writer with David Fowler. Grant Mansfield and Martha Holmes also serve as executive producers on behalf of Plimsoll Productions.

The groundbreaking original series “Earth At Night In Color” also returns for a second season with six all-new episodes narrated by Tom Hiddleston (“Avengers”).

Tom Hiddleston narrates “Earth At Night In Color,” premiering Friday, December 4, exclusively on Apple TV+.
Tom Hiddleston narrates “Earth At Night In Color.”

With the use of cutting-edge cameras and a revolutionary post-production process, “Earth At Night In Color” presents nature’s nocturnal wonders with striking new clarity. Some never-before-seen behaviors of animals after dark, captured using low-light cameras and light from a full moon, include elephants battling hyenas around starlit waterholes and kangaroos embracing under the cover of darkness to find a mate. Other animals in the new season include pumas, polar bears, manta rays, and tiny planktonic life at night in the ocean. “Earth At Night In Color” is produced by Offspring Films. The series is executive produced by Alex Williamson and series produced by Sam Hodgson.

“Tiny World” and “Earth At Night In Color” will be featured in a special Earth Day room on Apple TV+, showcasing a curated collection of content that embraces the theme of preserving the planet. Also included are the Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award-winning movie “The Elephant Queen” and “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth,” which debuted last year on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The animated short film, based on the best-selling children’s book by Oliver Jeffers, is narrated by Meryl Streep. Jacob Tremblay stars as a precocious 7-year-old who, on the eve of Earth Day, learns about the wonders of the planet from his parents (Chris O’Dowd, Ruth Negga) and a mysterious exhibit at the aptly named Museum of Everything.

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22 Comments

  1. The endless, mindless, illogical COVID-19 lockdowns are an environmentalist wacko’s wet dream.

    Of course, all documentaries are propaganda and David Attenborough is a propagandist. Apple, led by a delusional SJW who never met a woke trope with which he disagreed, is only too happy to “air” it.

    Covid-19: a glimpse of the dystopia greens want us to live in

    Greens just can’t help themselves. As the rest of us do what we can to tackle or withstand the Covid-19 crisis, they treat it as a sign, a warning from nature, a telling-off to hubristic, destructive mankind. The speed with which they have folded this pandemic into their misanthropic narrative about humanity being a pox on the planet has been shocking, but not surprising…

    This is also why so many greens online have been sharing images of dolphins swimming near Venice or an absence of airplane trails over California. Because to them, these are signs of a benefit from Covid-19: the humbling of humankind, the reining in of our industrial and technological activity, and the reassertion of nature’s awesome power. If you see a disease as a political statement, as an opportunity to pursue your pre-existing misanthropic agendas, there is something very wrong with you.

    Even though all of this is morally perverse, it is not surprising. For a long time, greens have viewed human beings as a pox, a virus in our own right, doing untold damage to the planet. Green god David Attenborough has said humans are ‘a plague on the planet’. Even when greens don’t use such explicitly hateful language, they constantly promote a view of human production and development as toxic and destructive.

    And they latch on to everything from bushfires to floods, from plagues of locusts to melting ice-caps, as signs from nature, lessons from a furious Gaia. When religious crackpots blame floods on gay marriage, claiming God is punishing us for losing the moral plot, we rightly mock them. Yet greens offer merely a secular version of such backward, apocalyptic claptrap.

    The truth is that if the Covid-19 crisis has shown us anything, it is how awful it would be to live in the kind of world greens dream about. Right now, courtesy of a horrible new virus, our societies look not dissimilar to the kind of societies Greta Thunberg, Extinction Rebellion, green parties and others have long been agitating for. Fewer flights, industry halted, huge infrastructure projects put on hold. Less driving, less travelling, less human interaction. Over the past few weeks, as a result of our response to Covid-19, the ‘human footprint’ will undoubtedly have shrunk. And what an awful world it has become: smaller, quieter, more atomised.

    We are all happy to make some sacrifices during this crisis. We are staying home, observing social distancing, and of course, most of us are not working or travelling. But we cannot wait to go back to a world in which factories crank back to life, airplanes scrawl their lines in the sky, and people can go anywhere and work, socialise, buy and eat to their heart’s content. Greens really should be careful when they talk about Covid-19, because it won’t be long before more and more people realise that this unpleasant emergency we are living through is just like the warped dystopia greens want to build.

    Brendan O’Neill, March 25, 2020

    1. Yes, of course.

      The lockdowns implemented in the name of public health entailed trade-offs that were not adequately considered. Lockdowns may prevent some COVID-19 deaths by flattening the curve of cases and preventing stress on hospitals. At the same time, lockdowns cause severe adverse effects for many millions of people, disproportionately for those already disadvantaged among us. The collateral damage included severe losses to current and future wellbeing from unemployment, poverty, food insecurity, interrupted preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic healthcare, interrupted education, loneliness and deterioration of mental health, and intimate partner violence. The economic recession has been framed as the economy vs. saving lives from COVID-19, but this is a false dichotomy. The economic recession, through austerity in government spending on the social determinants of health, can be expected to cause far more loss of life and wellbeing over the long-run than COVID-19 can. We must open up society to save many more lives than we can by attempting to avoid every case (or even most cases) of COVID-19. It is past time to take an effortful pause, calibrate our response to the true risk, make rational cost-benefit analyses of the trade-offs, and end the lockdown groupthink.

      “COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink,” Ari R. Joffe, Frontiers in Public Health, 26 February 2021

      1. great, the usual cut&paste multi-named MDN troll is back with his wave of political posts, almost entirely off topic.

        Thanks for ruining what could have been a decent Mac discussion board.

        1. They aren’t even posting real facts. Cases are not declining in most of Texas. In Houston, hospitalizations are rising at 3.8% per day, with the ICUs still treating more patients than their full prepandemic capacity. Most other statistics bottomed out just after the end of the mask mandate and have begun to creep back up, notwithstanding the number of Texans who are protected by vaccination or a prior case.

          https://www.tmc.edu/coronavirus-updates/tmc-daily-new-covid-19-hospitalizations/

          1. The Texas Medical Center (TMC) is a 2.1-square-mile medical district in south-central Houston.

            It’s not “Texas.” Texas covers 268,596 square miles.

            The Texas Department of State Health Services data shows Texas COVID numbers have been dropping despite U.S. citizens finally being allowed the freedom with which they were born.

            Leftists, like TXLoser, find it impossible to resist the urge to have the government in control of every aspect of our lives. They’re really quite creepy. They love ideas like “vaccine passports” for “allowing” entrance into concerts, sporting events, stores, parks, offices, (but, tellingly, not simple voter ID, which should make you think).

            Leftists, like TXLoser can’t imagine citizens free to decide for themselves without being threatened and controlled by bureaucratic tyrants.

            So, what kind of people are TxLoser and his Leftist Democrat Socialist “progressive” ilk that, regardless of the issue, they constantly think of others as those who must be controlled, herded, scolded, and dictated to by a centralized government (currently fronted by a dementia patient, no less)?

          2. Democrat mask mandates are for stupid pawns like TxLoser.

            1. More than 63,000 daily new Covid-19 cases are being reported in the U.S., based on a seven-day average of Johns Hopkins University data. That figure is up 16% from one week ago.

              My guess is that those people (and those who have been exposed to them) are “worried about cases.” I also wonder why, if “people aren’t dying”, there are 685 fewer Americans with COVID breathing today than yesterday.

            2. Look at the bright side, nobody, not a single person since this COVID mass hysteria began, has died of flu, pneumonia, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, car wrecks, or gunshots in the last 15 months. And yet, the frightened brainwashed Democrat sheep still hide in their basements, and drive alone in their cars wearing worthless masks because they are told to do so by The Experts™.

            3. TxLoser,

              RIP Karen

              The party’s over, control freaks.The masks are coming off. We’re not obeying you anymore. You’re out of reason, logic, and facts.The rest of us are long out of patience with your hysterics.

              Chris Stigall

            4. Tell you what, Brutal. If you come anywhere near me or my family without a mask I will warn you off. It is your choice whether to comply. If you want to provide a test case over the right to use deadly force against an imminent threat of death or serious injury, be my guest.

    2. Speaking of propagandists: Mr. O’Neill has also suggested that when Anders Behring Breivik murdered 77 people in Norway, he was just a white man defending his place in what was becoming a multicultural society. The neo-Nazi massacre was regrettable, but really the liberals’ fault. I would provide a link, but the Telegraph seems to have deleted the piece.

      1. As usual, you lie.

        Here is the actual article that you attempt to misrepresent above, in full:


        Playing Politics With the Norway Massacre

        By common consensus last week’s horrific bomb attack and mass shooting in Oslo were not “Norway’s 9/11”. They were more like its Port Arthur, its Dunblane, Columbine-on-steroids, where one possibly deranged Norwegian man lashed out with extreme violence against his fellow citizens.

        Yet that hasn’t stopped sections of the cultural elite from trying to turn this into another 9/11.

        In both Europe and Australia, observers of a left-leaning persuasion are looking to make moral mileage out of this massacre just as shamelessly as the Bush administration did with the attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001.

        There are moves afoot to make this into a 9/11 for liberals, an act of violence which might add a sense of urgency to liberal fear-mongering about the threat of the far Right, in the same way 9/11 gave oomph to George W. Bush’s claim to represent Right against Wrong.

        Over the past 10 years the well-educated, erudite sections of society in Europe and Australia continually criticised uncouth Bush and other right-wingers for politically exploiting 9/11. They accused the Right of exaggerating the threat of terrorism and using it to spin prejudices about the backward Muslim masses.

        Yet now those very same liberal critics are playing a startlingly similar game in relation to Norway’s terrible misfortune.

        There was a palpable sense of relief amongst the chattering classes when it was revealed the alleged killer in Norway is a white man with far-Right tendencies.

        This allowed them to air their prejudice that it is not Muslims who pose a threat to Western societies but rather the moronic masses at home, whose apparent dearth of cosmopolitanism can easily translate into murderous rage. A writer for The Guardian almost gleefully said the violence in Norway shows the threat to civilisation isn’t from foreigners, rather, “the heart of darkness lies buried deep within ourselves”, even within the “white Nordic male”.

        If anyone was in any doubt as to what this “heart of darkness” consists of, an article in The Age spelt it out. The massacre in Norway was a product of that country’s “racist demons”, it said.

        Apparently, “many Norwegians don’t want their idyll spoiled, by either joining the European Union or by turning multicultural, and it is this nativist side of the country that has now turned horrifyingly murderous”.

        In short, Anders Behring Breivik is not an aberration; he’s the logical product of Norway’s warped national traits. He is what happens when a section of the European people dares to oppose the EU or criticise multiculturalism.

        Where some on the Right claim that occasional acts of Islamist violence speak to the rotten nature of Islam, some liberals claim a rare act of far-Right fury springs from the “heart of darkness” of Europe’s backward-thinking people.

        In both instances, a bloody act of violence leads to the expression of grotesque prejudice about the throng.

        — Brendan O’Neill, July 28, 2011

        1. The Tedious Texan has a curious manner with the presentation of “truth.”

          He doesn’t shy away from partial views…if/when it’s suitable to his narrative.

        2. I don’t think you two are reading the same article I am. In the first paragraph O’Neill dismisses the notion that the Oslo murders were a terrorist attack, as opposed to a random attack by a crazy person. Anders Behring Breivik was a Neo-Nazi (he gave Hitler salutes in court). He left a voluminous paper trail showing his devotion to right-wing and racialist extremism and his lengthy involvement in right-wing political movements over roughly a decade, including formal leadership positions.

          Breivik killed 77 people and injured 319 others in a carefully-planned attack (certainly not an insane frenzy), with most of the victims being young people attending a camp sponsored by a liberal political party that Breivik opposed for its immigration policies. On the day of the attack, he published his program in a lengthy manifesto and tied the attacks directly to his political agenda. Yet, despite all the evidence of politically-motivated terrorism, O’Neill dismisses Breivik as “one possibly deranged Norwegian man.”

          After that start, O’Neill then spends the rest of the article suggesting that the real threat to European civilization isn’t men like Breivik but rather those who overreacted to a mere 77 murders. How dare they suggest that the “derangement” might be related in some way to the rise of xenophobic nationalism across the world! No, Breivik is just an aberration. The libs are the real threat.

    3. Oh good…another reminder that we will die soon. A Gore, AOC, Little Girl from Sweden and Mr. Attenborough will repeat the warnings of doom.

      I will get a new sackcloth & ashes suit for the release. I will tar and feather myself too, because I deserve it.

  2. I might at one time have considered subscribing if not for the fact that just like Netflix, 90% of their content wasn’t one sided opinion masquerading as content. In this regard, Apple sucks b****. Big time. Pathetic. Granted, YouTube is definitely the worst offender, but come on. Make something for grownups and they will watch. But they aren’t the profitable demographic, so – no. Silicon Valley are going to end up being the Ma Bell of the 21st century, but their downfall will be much more dramatic as their behavior is far more insidious. I’m sure someone will make a movie about it someday. Maybe Apple will produce and stream it. :/

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