Still waiting for my year of movies, I have come to the final episode of Planet Earth II, the episode about cities. The show dealt with wild animals in cities and not our domesticated pets and livestock. They showed us many different animals living in different cities all over the world, however some of the more common animals that live around us, were luckily not shown. I’m talking about the once we don’t like to think about being close to us, like rats and cockroaches. Maybe the makers of Planet Earth II was also aware that we wouldn’t like to think to much about that.
There was one segment in the episode where they showed leopards living and hunting in Mumbai, witch was a reminder of something that is a little uncomfortable for us to contemplate. Still it imparted an important message; the animals will adapt to the cities, not just we humans.
They showed wildlife from, among others, New York, Rome, Toronto and Jaipur. And the animals were varied as well; raccoons, monkeys, hyenas, several types of birds, turtles, otters, and to my big surprise, catfish, and several others. And a diverse type of issues were addressed in the different animal segments; single mothers, sex, criminals, gangs, lost children and a lack of or an abundance of street smarts.
Most impressively though in this episode was Singapore; an environmental city that invites wildlife into this man made habitat in the most beautiful way. Why can’t my city be like that?
Over all, I think the Planet Earth II series is glorious and well worth a watch, and it high lights many environmental issues. My hat’s off to the makers of the show.
Many of the other documentaries from Sir David Attenborough show a longer segment for each animal’s story, and we get to see a longer period in their lives, I missed that a bit in Planet Earth II, but it didn’t detract much. In stead of getting a closer look at some animals over a period of time, we get a closer look at six habitats and the different adaptions to this habitat. Still, sometimes I did wounder what happened next, after the film crews left.
I do however think this is the most beautiful of all the documentaries from BBC that I’ve seen, and any minor thing that detracts from the show is only nitpicking.
Even though the animals are the stars of the series, I will miss listening to the narration of Sir David Attenborough every day. This show is definitely worth a second and third viewing. (Maybe even a forth.)
As it turns out, I’m not the only one who likes Sir David Attenborough. The animals that meet him are a little enamored as well.
I love these videos of how animals have reacted to their meeting with Sir David Attenborough. There are a few more on Youtube.
If you are hungry for even more Planet Earth or more of the voice of Sir David Attenborough, you could try the Planet Earth 360 interactive videos.
Here is one where you have to spot animals in the jungle. There are more on YouTube.
If you’re interested in buying Planet Earth on Amazon, here’s a link for that (it’s for both seasons, including the second one that I have talked about here). But I’m sure you can find the show elsewhere as well.
They even have a book called Planet Earth II, a large and thick volume filled with amazing photos and loads of interesting information on the six habitats in the show. There’s also a chapter on how they gathered the footage in the book and on the show. This book would make a nice Christmas present for someone interested in these subjects, like me.
Sir David Attenborough’s quote from back of the Planet Earth II book seems like the best words to sum up these posts about the TV show:
“Planet Earth II” gives us a greater understanding of the natural world, the way it works and what it needs if it is to continue to survive.