THE BEST OF WALT DISNEY’S TRUE-LIFE ADVENTURES (1975)

A compilation of Disney’s early nature films shows various animals from around the world. If you like nature films then you will enjoy this. Walt Disney really invented the nature documentary as he was fascinated with animals and often filmed them in order to learn how to animate them. Since this movie is a compilation it keeps your interest well and does have some cool shots. While it isn’t a movie you need to watch over and over, if you get a chance to see it then I say do it.




EARTH (2009)

In this Disneynature film, we follow 3 different animal families, African elephants, polar bears, and humpback whales. We discover how they live, migrate and survive in their unique habitats. This one was really entertaining. Following three different species kept the movie interesting. But warning, if you are an animal lover, there are moments that may make you teary. Overall, this movie is very informative, beautifully shot and entertaining. Go and check it out if you haven’t already.




CRIMSON WING: MYSTERY OF THE FLAMINGOS (2008)

Disneynature and flamingos! This one is definitely an interesting one to watch. I had no idea some flamingos lived like this. On the land of a temporarily dried salty lake in Africa. Crazy. I don’t know why I always just picture them in the tropical Florida greenery. The best part of this movie was when the group of flamingos walks together like a squad strolling into the party knowing they are all that. Like most Disneynature films, it is good to see at least once. Check it out if you haven’t already.




NEVER CRY WOLF (1983)

A man goes far north in order to study and research wolves in the wild. While he spends most his time alone, he is helped a couple times by some local Natives. His goal is to see if the wolves are responsible for the drastic drop in the caribou population. It was an interesting watch. At times it felt a little long, but all in all, they did a good job keeping you entertained watching someone watch wolves. the wolves were obviously the best part of the movie.




CHIMPANZEE (2012)

Disneynature again! This tugs at your heartstrings a little more as we watch a young chimp lose his mother, try to survive the jungle on his own and then get adopted by the last chimp you would think, the alpha male. Like the other Disneynature films, I think it is enjoyable and interesting to see once and the call it good.



BEARS (2014)

Bears is a Disneynature film about, you guessed it, bears. We follow a momma bear and her two cubs as she teaches them how to survive in the Alaskan wilderness. It was interesting enough that we are glad we have seen it but isn’t one we need to watch again and again. The imagery is beautiful and watching what they were able to capture these animals is incredible. If you get a chance to see it, go ahead.



SACRED PLANET (2004)

A nature documentary with a slightly different twist. This movie focused on the diverse landscapes of our planet and tells stories of the different people that inhabit it. It was interesting to see how some of the ancients tribes that were shown were living. So vastly different from our lifestyles in modern America. With such interesting content, I am not sure why the movie still felt like it dragged. We got a little bored. I think maybe it seemed too forced or fake when it could have just flowed naturally if they let it.



THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY (1963)

Have you ever seen “Homeward Bound”? Well, that was a remake of this movie. It wasn’t too bad. There were a lot of similarities to the remake that we enjoy. The animals are fun to watch as they go on their adventure across the wilderness to find their family. The main difference with this one is instead of the animals having their own voices, there is a narrator the entire time to tell us what the animals are thinking and feeling. That got a bit boring. We like the animals having their own voices. But it was the style of Disney at the time. Overall, this movie was okay for a one time watch, but we recommend the remake from the 90s if you want to watch this story.

THE BOY WHO TALKED TO BADGERS (1975)

A boy who is his own little animal whisperer gets lost in the wilderness after he goes looking for his badger friend. A terrible storm causes him to seek shelter in a cave. The boy survives because of the badger until his family finally find him after days of searching. Another movie where you feel as though it will never end. It got boring and we just couldn’t wait for the boy to be found. Not because then he would be safe, but because then the movie would be over.

YELLOWSTONE CUBS (1963)

This movie was pretty much one long advertisement for Yellowstone National park. And, OK, I realize a lot of this must have been staged (hopefully) but people in this movie were so stupid! Do not stop and get out of your car to go feed a bear, and her cubs, marshmallows with your kids. Just don’t! There was even a moment in the movie when a lady kisses a bear on the nose. Listen, people, BEARS ARE DANGEROUS. Leave them be in the forest unless you want to be eaten. Anyway, the bears were cute and fun to watch, the people made dumb choices but overall not a bad little show to have seen once.