While celebrating Earth Day, Disney announced that Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) will narrate the next feature film from Disneynature called “Dolphin Reef.” The new film will release on Disney+, Disney’s new subscription streaming service launching on November 12th.
“Disneynature takes audiences to spectacular and remote places to share remarkable wildlife stories captured by our award-winning film crews,” said Paul Baribault, vice president of Disneynature.
Created with the studios signature storytelling style, the film introduces Echo, a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin who can’t quite decide if it’s time to grow up and take on new responsibilities. Disney described the film adding, “Dolphin society is tricky, and the coral reef that Echo and his family call home depends on all of its inhabitants to keep it healthy. But Echo has a tough time resisting the many adventures the ocean has to offer.”
Keith Scholey, who directed Disneynature’s “Bears,” directed “Dolphins” for the studio.
“For more than a decade, Disneynature has amazed and inspired the world through its acclaimed True Life Adventure films,’” said Agnes Chu, senior vice president of Content for Disney+. “We’re thrilled to give Disneynature’s unique stories a new home in our growing collection of original content.”
“Dolphin Reef” is just one of several original nonfiction programs coming to Disney+.. Others include “Be Our Chef,” “Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies,” “Earthkeepers,” “Encore!,” “Ink & Paint,” “Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2,” “Marvel’s 616,” “Marvel’s Hero Project,” “Magic of Animal Kingdom,” “(Re)Connect,” “Rogue Trip,” “Shop Class,” the untitled Walt Disney Imagineering documentary series, and “The World According to Jeff Goldblum.”
Over the holiday weekend, Disneynature released “Penguins,” which explores the vast and unforgiving Antarctic environment through the eyes of an Adélie penguin. Disneynature’s “Penguins” will also be available on the platform in 2020. Ed Helms narrated that film for Disneynature, which made $3.2M across 1,815 theaters over the holiday weekend.
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