The film Oceans is setting records for a nature film with ticket presales reaching more than 400,000 the week before the release date on April 22, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
A chronicle on the depths in five of the world's oceans, the film is shot in 50 different locations, taking three years to complete, pieced together from 480 hours of footage, featuring never-before-seen imagery caught with new innovative underwater technology.
For each ticket sold, April 22-28, Disney will contribute to the Adopt-a-Coral-Reef program in The Bahamas to establish 790 acres of protected marine areas in association with The Nature Conservancy. Estimates claim that threatened coral reefs and the life they support could otherwise vanish from the Caribbean within 40 years.
Last year Disneynature delivered
Earth on Earth Day and planted 2.7 million trees in Brazil's endangered Atlantic Forest for filmgoers who saw the film during opening week.
The film, directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud who made Winged Migration, is narrated by actor Pierce Brosnan, an environmental activist. Oceans is a "wildlife opera," says co-director Perrin, "a hymn to the sea and the species concealed within it."
Wild-looking dugong, blue whales - the largest known animal on the planet feasting on a cloud of krill, and walrus cuddling their young are among the "cast." The amazing views also address the damage threatening the oceans. "We found that in many places the sea life we were searching for no longer exist because of things like over-fishing," said director Cluzaud.
Dr. Sylvia Earle, explorer-in-residence at National Geographic and consultant on this film, said, "Go a hundred feet, a thousand feet, ten thousand feet, it's a never-never land," she says." Yet we're losing species at a much faster rate than we're finding them. Destroy the ocean, harm the ocean, you're undermining the integrity of the planet itself."