Saturday, June 5 - Sunday, June 6, 2010
Disneynature, creators of Earth and Oceans, take us on an awe inspiring trip to the never-before-filmed landscapes of northern Tanzania’s Lake Natron, where 130 degree temperatures, high salinity, and volcanic activity make it one of the most unique and inhospitable terrains on the planet. This remote and forgotten wilderness serves as breeding ground for the flamingo, and the exquisite grace and beauty of these crimson-winged creatures are captured in an epic and stunningly filmed adventure story.
The film opens at the kick-off of a kind of spring break for flamingos, with literally millions of the beautiful birds flocking to the salt islands of Lake Natron to take part in exotic dance rituals, form pink conga-lines, and engage in other highly stylized romantic frolicking (it turns out ALL of Africa’s lesser flamingos begin life in this two week annual get-together). Nature takes its course and it is not long before the lake is hopping with fuzzy baby flamingos, whose clumsy movements and juvenile antics are simply too cute for words. But soon the million-strong flock of parents and babes must begin a treacherous migration on foot to seek out more hospitable environs and escape encroaching dangers. Like March of the Penguins and others of the genre, the film features a small cast of predator villains. Of these, the marabou stork comes across as particularly sinister – a dinosaur Darth Vader whose inexorable slow-motion approach and massive pointed head make it seem like evil incarnate. This remarkable film, set in an extraordinary and alien “other world”, shows us that here on Earth there still remain secrets and mysteries waiting to be discovered.
“Four stars! Dazzling beauty, captured with flawless technical wizardry… A breathtakingly beautiful reflection on the fragile nature of life.” – Empire Magazine
“Remarkable… striking… An all-nature, bird spectacular.” – Variety
“Ravishingly beautiful! British directors Matthew Aeberhard and Leander Ward are turning wildlife movies into a new art form.” – Financial Times
- Rating NR
- Year 2008
- Running Time 78 minutes