And this movie, folks, is precisely WHY I DON'T DO ANIMAL MOVIES!!!!!! I spent the whole movie tearing up over the beauty of it, and then sobbed my eyes out at the end because not every story in this movie ends well. And the set of animals I cared most about was the one without the happy ending. I did not bring nearly enough Kleenex with me. I blithely assumed because the trailer was so full of cuteness that I didn't have to worry about my heart being torn out and stomped on. Yeah. Right. Couldn't have been more wrong.
My heart and the ensuing waterworks aside, it's a beautifully filmed movie, showing absolutely gorgeous locations in China and a bit of the lives of the wild creatures that make their homes there. I took my nephew, and he thought the movie was only a half hour long, that's how caught up in it he was. If he noticed the complete mess it turned his aunt into, he politely didn't say. LOL. The credits had some great extra footage showing the filmmakers on location. It really is a beautiful movie, with some incredible footage of some beautiful creature. Alas, I could never sit through it again, knowing what happens.
There was a trailer beforehand for next year's Disneynature Earth day movie, entitled Dolphins. It looks beautiful as well. I told my nephew his mom can take him to that one! I'm done! (Although, I'll probably let him talk me into it when the time comes. I'll just remember to bring more Kleenex, just in case.)