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Disney's Oceans
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Oct 26, 2010 By: Jason Adams
Disney's Oceans order
Director:
Jacques Perrin

Actors:
Pierce Brosnan
Sea Creatures

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A look at the 70% of Earth that isn’t land and the wonder that lives within.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The popularity of MARCH OF THE PENGUINS and PLANET EARTH brought the nature documentary back to the masses. The Mouse House quickly capitalized on this with DISNEY EARTH, a shorter re-edit of PLANET EARTH aimed at the young ones. Now they're back with an aquatic themed movie in the same vein.

As expected, the footage in DISNEY'S OCEANS is amazing. With over four years of production, the crew has captured some truly incredible sights, from common creatures like turtles, octopi and manatees to some truly unique sights like literal rockfish, an army of crabs that could've been created by WETA, and something that resembles the Elephant Man. (The deep sea stuff in particular looks so unbelievable it could've been CGI.) Most of the content you could probably find on the Discovery Channel but the hi-def imagery makes it no less fun to watch.

As with EARTH, the US version of OCEANS is 20 minutes shorter than the international edition and clearly edited for a younger audience. This is a noticeable hindrance for anybody with an adult attention span. The movie moves too fast, feeling like an entire miniseries being condensed in to 84 minutes. The biggest culprit of this is the narration by Pierce Brosnan. The voiceover is too cheesy and surprisingly not informative. If you were going to use OCEANS as an educational tool, it wouldn't do much good. Too much of Brosnan's work (through fault of the writer and not Bond himself) is full of whimsy and not information. There are too many spots where you hear things like, "This is a place where winged dragons do exist” but then they forget to tell you what the animal actually is.

Later parts of the film also delve in to the preachy and political, showing you all the wonder of the seas and then making you feel bad about fishing, pollution, global warming and causing endangered species. The message is valid, but too aggressive and jarring from the rest of the film. At worst it amounts to, "Hey, you like that cute baby penguin we just showed you? Well too bad. It's dead now because you're dad drove an SUV to the movie theater."
THE EXTRAS
This Combo Pack comes with Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital versions of the film.

Filmmaker Annotations: You have the ability to watch the movie with this interactive "commentary" with extra info about certain creatures, interviews with the crew and even some behind the scenes footage on how they filmed it, which is almost more interesting than the actual movie. A nice addition the film, which was pretty light on content.

Disney and Nature: Caring for the World We Share: A 10 minute commercial for Disney's efforts to save the world. A self-congratulating advertisement.

"Make a Wave" Music Video: A song by a Jonas brother and Demi Lovato. I did not watch this.

Living Menu: Navigating around the home screen map will provide you more trivia and fun. If you have BD-Live capabilities this will be updated regularly.

Trailers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
DISNEY OCEANS is beautiful to look at but shallow when it comes to personality. If you like nature documentaries, the footage presented here is fascinating and worth watching, but the narration is too light and whimsical to be informative or even interesting.

Extra Tidbit: The film cost $66 million to make and was shot in over 50 different locations over four years.
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