Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Live Curious! Watch Out for NGC's Great Migrations Series

Born to Move, the first of seven great documentaries, will premier on the National Geographic Channel this coming Nov. 7. You can read what I think about it here.

Press Release:

The most ambitious documentary in the 122-year history of the National Geographic Society, Great Migrations is a seven-part global television program that features the difficult journeys millions of animals embark on to ensure the survival of their species.

“Great Migrations is a high-definition chronicle of epic, inspiring, and often harrowing journeys of animals that move as millions and survive as one,” said Jude Turcuato, Fox International Channels territory director. “It tells of the unforgiving odds that they face and shows what it means to move as though your life depends on it.”

Shot from land and air, in trees and cliff-blinds, on ice floes and underwater, in some of the most unforgiving places on the planet, Great Migrations took three years to produce using some of the most advanced surveillance and filming technology to reveal new scientific findings, including bull elephants scouting migration routes and transferring knowledge to matriarchs and re-discovery of epic knob migration in Sudan thought destroyed by civil war.

Great Migrations (Sundays, 9 p.m.) features Born to Move, Need to Breed, Race to Survive, and Feast or Famine – four one-hour episodes that focus on incredible animal journeys, the reasons for their great migrations, and the overwhelming challenges they face.

Born to Move (premieres November 7, 9 p.m.) tells the story of four of the most remarkable animal movements: Sperm Whales traveling over a million miles in a lifetime; Red Crabs overcoming horrific obstacles on a daily basis; Monarch Butterflies taking four generations to cross a continent; and Wildebeest, rising above the gaping jaws of ravenous crocodiles every year.

Need to Breed (premieres November 14, 9 p.m.) takes viewers from the rocky beaches of the Falkland Islands to the dense forests of Costa Rica and Australia to the desolate savannah of southern Sudan to reveal why animals risk everything on almost impossible voyages – to ensure the survival of their species.

In Race to Survive (premieres November 21, 9 p.m.) animals such as walruses, whale sharks, zebras, orangutans, pronghorns, and planktons are in a move or die situation. In a race against changing seasons and climate, they are forced to travel to breed, feed, and stay alive.

Feast or Famine (premieres November 28, 9 p.m.) shows how trillions of creatures, from microscopic plankton to rare desert elephants; from predatory bald eagles to luminous jellyfish; from ravenous Great White Sharks to lightning quick peregrine falcons, are constantly moving to satisfy their hunger.

Great Migrations also features episodes on the science behind animal migrations (Great Migrations: Science of Migrations, December 5, 9 p.m.), a montage of behind-the-scenes videos of dramatic or comical moments (Great Migrations: Behind-the-Scenes, December 12, 9 p.m.), and a narration-free music video that combines the best Great Migrations footages with an original orchestral music (Great Migrations: Rhythm of Life, December 19, 9 p.m.). Marathon episodes of Great Migrations will air on December 26, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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