Disneynature announced plans to collaborate with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) on a program to celebrate the release of the new Disneynature feature film “African Cats.” The program, “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” was revealed in Nairobi, Kenya, during AWF’s 50th anniversary celebration last evening. During the film’s opening week (April 22-28), a portion of the proceeds from that week’s ticket sales will be donated to the organization through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to ensure the future of lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the vibrant African savanna. The AWF will be working to protect the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor, a passage between the Amboseli, Tsavo West and Chyulu National Parks, that is frequently used by a variety of wildlife.
“We are celebrating 50 years of working with the people of Africa to ensure the wildlife and these wild lands endure forever; extending the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor will be a great step forward in these efforts.”
“With its honest portrayal of life on the African savanna, ‘African Cats’ reveals the brilliance of the animals who live there,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “We are committed to helping the African Wildlife Foundation establish this protective corridor, building upon previous enormously successful conservation efforts from the Disneynature label.”
“The African Wildlife Foundation is proud to work so closely with Disneynature on the release of ‘African Cats,’” said Patrick Bergin, CEO, African Wildlife Foundation. “We are celebrating 50 years of working with the people of Africa to ensure the wildlife and these wild lands endure forever; extending the Amboseli Wildlife Corridor will be a great step forward in these efforts.”
The film, which will be released in theaters worldwide, opens in North America on April 22, 2011. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are already available in the United States by calling 1-888-DISNEY6.
Although no official press release has been issued as of yet, TheHDRoom has reported that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will be releasing both OCEANS and The Crimson Wing on Blu-ray/DVD Combo packs on October 19, 2010. Both will have an MSRP of $39.99.
Extras for OCEANS include:
- Living Menus – an Interactive Experience (Blu-ray only)
- Filmmaker Annotations (Blu-ray only)
- Make a Wave Disney’s Friends for Change Music Video with Demi Levato and Joe Jonas
- Disney & Nature – Preserving the World We Share
- Deeper in the Ocean – Select Videos from Living Menus and Filmmaker Annotations
Extras for The Crimson Wing include:
- Living Planet – Explore Earth as an Interactive Experience (Blu-ray only)
- Filmmaker Annotations (Blu-ray only)
- The Crimson Wing Screensaver (Blu-ray only)
- Lake Natron Diaries – Behind the Crimson Wing
If you can’t wait for the domestic release of The Crimson Wing, Amazon.com has already been selling an import version. It’s blu-ray only and a bit more expensive, but you can own it much sooner.
From Walt Disney Studios Australia comes this look at the first international trailer for Disneynature’s African Cats: Kingdom of Courage which takes a real life look at two rival families — cheetahs and lions — and what the matriarchs of each must do to ensure their cubs’ survival in the wilds of Africa.
The trailer below (which actually kicks in at around 20 seconds) takes a much closer look at the film than the initial trailer that appeared attached to Disneynature’s Oceans. African Cats will open in North America on Earth Day, 2011.
Disneynature announced today that its “See ‘OCEANS,’ Save Oceans” campaign will protect more than 35,000 acres of coral reef in The Bahamas on behalf of the moviegoers who came out to see Disneynature’s motion picture “Oceans” during its opening week. Through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Disneynature will help establish new marine protected areas through the The Nature Conservancy’s Adopt a Coral Reef program. At 55 square miles, this protected area of coral reefs will be almost two-and-a-half times the size of Manhattan or the equivalent of more than 412 Disneylands, supporting the expansion of the Westside National Park of Andros.
The Bahamas represent an important ecosystem, straddling the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The 700 islands that comprise The Bahamas contain miles of vital coral reefs, which are the foundation of a healthy ocean environment, providing shelter, nurseries and feeding grounds for hundreds of marine species, including dolphins, sea turtles and a wide range of fish. Scientists estimate that the coral reefs of the Caribbean could be gone in 50 years without a network of well-managed marine protected areas.
“We’re excited to once again collaborate with The Nature Conservancy on an initiative that takes the impact of Disneynature’s storytelling to an entirely new level,” said Alan Bergman, president of The Walt Disney Studios. “The health of our oceans is absolutely vital to the well-being of our planet and thanks to the supporters of Disneynature’s motion picture ‘Oceans,’ this investment in marine conservation will help ensure critical aquatic environments will thrive for future generations.”
“Disneynature has captured the beauty, wonder and fragility of our world’s marine habitats and species in ‘Oceans,’ said Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “We appreciate Disney’s commitment to help protect marine areas in The Bahamas, which is home to 30 percent of all coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean. With Disneynature’s support, The Nature Conservancy and its partners are making significant progress toward our ambitious goal of doubling the total amount of marine protected area in The Bahamas.”
Barry Hamilton and Edie Genden’s sixth grade classes from Mechanicsburg Middle School were named the grand prize winner of the OCEANS classroom mural contest, a national campaign to help students gain a better understanding of ocean conservation through art.
The Wyland Foundation, Fredrix Artist Canvas, and Volvo Cars of North America donated more than 300 50-square foot canvas paint kits to public and private schools and community centers across the nation. 29,000 students in 39 states painted murals about a range of issues affecting ocean health, from overdevelopment to declining marine biodiversity. But students also chose to contrast marine problems by highlighting the astonishing beauty that still remains in the ocean.
“Children are fascinated by the ocean no matter where they live,” says Wyland, who is best known for his series of 100 monumental marine life murals around the world. “This campaign not only provided them with artistic tools to express their interest in marine life, but the murals share that message with local communities that have a direct impact on these resources.”
Judges chose the 5-foot by 10-foot mural by Mechanicsburg students for its strong advocacy message to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. “The artwork demonstrates how millions of people across six states depend on this vital natural resource,” judges said. “It portrayed the vast natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the environmental pressures that are currently impacting it.”
Other winning classes included Ray Koch’s seventh-grade art students from Kingston High School in Kingston, Ark., Deborah Thatcher’s fifth-grade art students from Lakeview Elementary School in South Milwaukee, Wis., and Adriana Sandoval’s art class at Miami Shores Community Center & Home Schoolers of Miami Enrichment in Miami, Fla. Classes spent the month of April working on their murals for display at schools and community centers. The grand prize winner will receive $1,500 worth of Fredrix Artist Canvas, $500 for art supplies, a class set of tickets to see Disneynature’s film “Oceans,” and a signed artwork by renowned marine life artist Wyland.
All of the winners are displayed below:
As is ‘tradition’ with Disneynature, alongside the current film comes a teaser trailer for the following year, so those seeing OCEANS will get a taste of the Earth Day 2011 release from Disneynature, African Cats. In African Cats, audiences will get to meet three mothers – a lioness, a leopard and a cheetah – as they explore their world on the great plains of Africa. Co-directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill and produced by Alix Tidmarsh, this film will show how these magnificent animals survive on their power and their cunning, while they protect and teach their cubs the ways of the wild.
Below is the teaser trailer for Disneynature’s African Cats as debuted by Yahoo! Movies
Disney Cruise Line will roll out the blue carpet to premiere Disneynature’s newest film, “Oceans,” aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder today. In honor of Earth Day, Disney Cruise Line will make a $3,000 donation on behalf of all guests, cast and crew members to The Nature Conservancy’s Adopt a Coral Reef program, protecting coral reefs in The Bahamas.
“Oceans” follows last year’s record-breaking film “Earth,” and features spectacular, never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies. Disney Cruise Line crew members will also raise additional funds through a “Walk for Oceans,” a late-night fundraiser that has become an annual tradition onboard the ships.
“The Bahamas have been home to Disney ships, and our private island, Castaway Cay, for more than a decade,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations. “We have built significant long-standing relationships throughout the islands and care deeply about maintaining and preserving these precious ecosystems for all of us to enjoy today and in the future. We are proud to be involved with The Nature Conservancy’s program to give back in such a meaningful way.”
Narrator Pierce Brosnan was joined by Disney stars and OCEAN’s Make a Wave anthem performers Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato along with the rest of the Jonas Brothers along with oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and filmmakers and executives from Walt Disney Studios and Disneynature including Robert Iger, Rich Ross, Kirk Wise and Don Hahn. Artist Wylan was also on hand to debut a mural inspired by the film.
All photos by Eric Charbonneau/Le Studio/Wireimage, courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.
“OCEANS” won’t open till Earth Day, yet 400,000 moviegoers have already bought tickets to catch the movie in its opening week and protect coral reefs in the process. The “See ‘OCEANS,’ Save Oceans” initiative has bolstered ticket sales for the film; Disneynature’s pledge to make a contribution in honor of everyone who sees the motion picture between April 22-28 has already translated to more than 790 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas—and that number is still growing with advance ticket sales on the rise and the April 22-opening just a week away.
“With 400,000 tickets sold so far, Disneynature’s second film is making a huge splash and saving coral reefs along the way—and ‘OCEANS’ hasn’t even opened yet,” said Chuck Viane, president, distribution, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. “Coral reefs are essential to the global ecosystem; we’re already on our way to establishing more than 790 acres of new marine protected areas—that’s the equivalent of about 600 football fields or nearly the size of New York City’s Central Park—and sales are still going strong.”
We have updated our photo gallery of stills from Disneynature’s OCEANS to include a couple of dozen more hi-res images. As alwys, you can click on individual thumbnails to view the larger images or click on the PicLens link to start the slideshow.