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[Disney Series] Secrets Of The Whales

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Filmed across three years in 24 locations, the 4-part event series it’s a profoundly personal saga, venturing deep into the world of whales to reveal life and love from their perspective.

Reviews

Exploring the Mysteries of the Oceans and Its Many Secrets (10/10)

Have you ever been told that our oceans are very mysterious and that they hold many secrets that are likely to be hidden forever? Well, that’s certainly true – our oceans are indeed mysterious and some of the most amazing secrets hidden deep within our oceans have recently been discovered and are ready to be shared with the world in a new National Geographic four-part documentary series. Secrets of the Whales spotlights four species of whales and uncovers their secrets and stories of survival with “first time” evidence and never-before-seen coverage. This series is epic and one you are going to want to witness!

Secrets of the Whales brings alive the visions of both Academy Award winning filmmaker and conservationist James Cameron and acclaimed National Geographic Explorer and Photographer Brian Skerry as they share their knowledge and research finding of some of the most intelligent giants living on our planet. Filmed across three years and in 24 locations, this documentary series, narrated by award-winning actress Sigourney Weaver, takes viewers on an amazing journey into the lives of orcas, humpbacks, belugas, and sperm whales. From Cameron and Skerry’s work we gain such an expansive understanding and appreciation of whale family dynamics, social bonds, communication and tradition. It’s the “secrets these mammals share which help them prevail.”

This series has me completely captivated throughout all four episodes. Seeing the variety of marine life within their natural habitat is just jaw-dropping. With such stunning photography and action-packed video footage, the cinematography in Secret of the Whales is the best I’ve ever seen. As each scene is presented to viewers, you get a sense of being right there and consumed within each moment. To pick a favorite episode within this series would be impossible, since each episode is so unique with new secrets of the whales being unveiled to viewers.

The common message within all four episodes of Secrets of the Whales is centered around culture.

These whale families must work together in a sophisticated manner if they are going to survive and be successful as a species. Whales are highly evolved creatures that have the complexity of family bonds, language, feeding patterns, emotions and interesting secrets. It is critical that these traditions be taught to offspring and passed down throughout the generations.

I give Secrets of the Whales 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. Adults, especially those interested in marine ecology and conservation will certainly appreciate these films as well. What a great way to celebrate Earth Day. Don’t miss this series!

Toddler script & narration; good photography; ok for kids (5/10)

Mostly monosyllable kindergarten repetitive script is poorly delivered by narrator Sigourney Weaver – a good actress but not narrator. Thus, the interesting photography and music score are ruined.

Instead of paying Sigourney Weaver high wage, use the money for a better script with more intelligent/Interesting facts & narrator with an interesting voice.

This show had good possibilities but it’s the narration that separates the “must see” ones. It’s why elder Sir David is beloved- his vocal TONE & delivery remains entertaining, plus he mostly had well written scripts. Tom Hiddleston (Loki) is another with great voice and delivery.

Preteens & older will be bored with this series.

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