Earth Day guilt? Then catch Disneynature's "Earth" this week

Now it sounds like a nice relaxing, awe inspiring, kid friendly, popcorn munching movie night right? It's Disney, you know, cute animals, gorgeous cinematography, astounding locations and the sultry sound of James Earl Jones' narration. Movie stuff that only a mouse with deep pockets can make. The film follows three animal families across the planet beginning in the arctic winter just 700 miles from the North Pole, Earth follows the sun's warming influence as it travels South right down to the Antarctic. Director Alastair Fothergill says, "We literally filmed from pole to pole. Earth is like the overture in an opera." Okay, now wait just a minute: warming influence, overture. Earth is starting to scare me.[image-1]


Told through the eyes of three animal families, we watch as a polar bear mother struggles to feed her newborn cubs as the sun melts the ice beneath their feet. We marvel at the determination of an elephant mother as she guides her tiny calf on an endless trek across the Kalahari Desert in search of fresh water. We follow a humpbacked whale mother and her calf as they undertake the longest migration of any marine mammal-4,000 miles from the tropics to the Antarctic in search of food.


Well, if I were you, I'd leave the kids at home, at least the ones prone to crying over baby animals struggling to survive. Hey, wait, that's me. If you do go, it is showing at several area theaters, and you can buy advanced tickets online. Remember to bring a box of Kleenex. Damn, watery eyes and runny nose. I should have stuck with Plan A, loaded up on the meds and dealt with it- same tissue count.

I'm on an Earth Day guilt trip. Why does all the celebrating have to be outside? Oh, right, we're celebrating nature, so it's either itchy eyes and a pounding head or the questioning from my friends, "Say Lisa, little Ms. Green, we didn't see you over the weekend at that Earth fest." Hold on! Earth day isn't until Wednesday, there's still time for redemption! Teensygreen, a great website for green moms and dads- is where I learned of my plan for salvation,  Mr. Big Mouse and your nature film buddies, I owe you.

Disneynature's Earth is being released on you guessed it, Earth Day, April 22nd; you know that mouse - he's a PR hot shot. The best part (I'm looking at a double whammy) is reliving Earth Day guilt and doing my part to stimulate the economy, and Disney will plant a tree for every ticket sold opening week- bonus points! 

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