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Disney+ celebrates Earth Month with release of new Disneynature films

by Brittani Tuttle

To celebrate Earth Month this April, Disney+ has announced that the Disneynature film “Elephant,” narrated by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, will premiere on April 3 alongside the previously-announced “Dolphin Reef,” narrated by actress Natalie Portman.

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Another Disneynature film, “Penguins,” will also make its Disney+ debut on the same day. The film was released theatrically last year.

The Earth Month collection on Disney+ will also include other Disneynature titles premiering on the service, including “In the Footsteps of Elephant,” “A Life on the Edge,” and “Diving with Dolphins,” which offers a behind-the-scenes look into the filmmaking process of all three films.

Directed by Mark Linfield, co-directed by Vanessa Berlowitz and Alastair Fothergill, and produced by Mark Linfield, Vanessa Berlowitz and Roy Conli, “Elephant” follows African elephant Shani and her son Jomo as their herd makes a journey hundreds of miles across the Kalahari Desert. Led by their matriarch, Gaia, the family faces brutal heat, dwindling resources, and predators as they follow in their ancestors’ footsteps on the way to reach a green paradise.

To celebrate the release of “Elephant,” Disneynature and the Disney Conservation Fund are supporting Elephants Without Borders, an organization working in Botswana to ensure people and elephants thrive. Elephants Without Borders works to protect Botswana’s elephant haven, reduce human-wildlife conflict through education, economic development, and solutions that either redirects elephant migration away from people or provides communities with tools to help protect themselves and their property when elephants are nearby.

Dolphin Reef” features Echo, a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin who can’t decide if it’s time to grow up and take on new responsibilities. The coral reef that Echo and his family call home relies on all its inhabitants to keep it healthy, but Echo has a hard time resisting all the adventures that the ocean has to offer. Keith Scholey, who directed Disneynature’s “Bears,” helms this film.

Disneynature’s Elephant & Dolphin Reef | Official Trailer | Disney+

To learn more about these and other Disneynature films available to stream now, visit DisneyPlus.com.

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