Magazine article Newsweek

WHERE the Wild Things Die

Magazine article Newsweek

WHERE the Wild Things Die

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Byline: Jesse Ellison

There's a scene early in the gorgeous new documentary "Earth" in which a wolf stalks a caribou calf through the grasslands of northern Canada. The chase, filmed in slow motion, feels epic. At points the calf seems on the verge of escape. Then, in a blink, its little legs buckle. The movie doesn't show what happens next, but in the theater where I saw it, everyone got the point--including the little girl sitting in front of me, who jumped into her father's lap and buried her face in his neck. She was terrified. So was I.

This wasn't a case of bad parenting. "Earth," the first release from Disneynature, the studio's ecologically oriented film division, is rated G. It's a theatrical version of the BBC miniseries "Planet Earth," only with the grisly parts lopped out to make it family friendly. At least that's the idea. "That's funny about the girl's reaction," says co-director Mark Linfield. …

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