FernGully: The Last Rainforest(1992)
Charming eco-conscious animated tale about a rainforest inhabited by sprites and talking animals, who find that humans are chopping the forest down.
A magical take on an important and underexplored subject in cinema, this animated adventure leads the audience through the journey of discovery made by Zak, who learns about the vital importance of trees to human life, allowing him to appreciate the beauty of the rainforest.Read more
A Turtle's Tale - Sammy's Adventures(2010)
A turtle's adventures travelling around the world looking for his true love and showing the damage done to the oceans.
In Sammy’s adventures around the globe during his long lifespan he discovers that the planet is changing, and learns how much of it is due to human activity. It’s not all bad news though; there are glimmers of hope in conservation projects he encounters along the way.Read more
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The colourful world of the tropical sea is captured in all its glory in this moving and funny story of a lost fish.
While Nemo is lost at sea in Pixar’s classic adventure tale, his father frantically searches the ocean in an attempt to find him. During his pursuit, the audience discovers that not all aquatic life has escaped human interference, with one scene showing the devastating consequences of man-made littering.Read more
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A small, rather hopeless looking robot is left alone on Earth to clean up the mess left by humans, in this wonderful Pixar animation.
Five years after making ‘Finding Nemo’, Pixar would turn their attentions to the future – and what may lie ahead for the human race if littering, recycling and other environmental concerns aren’t addressed. This gentle, futuristic cautionary tale shows Earth as a barren landscape with no human life left inhabiting it.Read more
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March of the Penguins(2005)
Documentary capturing the remarkable journey the Emperor penguins of the South Antarctic make every winter.
Celebrating nature’s triumph over the odds, this documentary charts penguins’ struggle to raise the next generation in their beautiful but often brutal habitat. This film explores a threatened landscape and opens up discussions on animals and the environments they rely on to survive.Read more
Absorbing documentary about the pressure global warming puts on the arctics inhabitants' daily fight for survival.
An accessible way into the debate about climate change and how its effects can already be seen, this documentary forms a narrative about the lives of polar bear Nanu and walrus Seela in a way that will allow young children to clearly understand the threats that they face.Read more
Spectacular nature documentary featuring amazing photography of seals, eagles, hippos and many more, narrated by Daniel Craig.
The wide variety of animal life on Earth is investigated in this entertainingly narrated documentary that looks at important processes that all living beings share. Structured through chapters on seeking food, avoiding predators and caring for young, this is an accessible and stimulating introduction to documentary for younger viewers.Read more
Poignant nature documentary about a year in the life of planet Earth with narration from Patrick Stewart.
Featuring incredible footage compiled for the television series of the same name compacted into a feature-length film, ‘Earth’ explores the changing seasons and its effects on species across the planet. Not only informative and visually stunning, it too provides food for thought on how these creatures are affected by shifting seasons due to climate change.Read more
Environmental documentary from a filmmaker attempting to find existing solutions to the climate crisis to provide a better world for his daughter.
While there are also a number of worrying scenarios addressed in climate change documentary ‘2040’, this film sets itself apart from others on the topic by providing potential solutions to the crisis and adopting an optimistic tone for what may await us in the future if we act now.Read more
The Biggest Little Farm(2018)
Documentary about a married couple who follow their dream of creating a sustainable farm over eight years.
This documentary highlights how animals of all shapes and sizes can thrive as John and Molly’s farm comes together as a perfect ecosystem. It demonstrates the love, care and attention needed in order for their farm to survive and prosper, with so many elements of nature to contend with, and the joy it brings them over many years.Read more
Animation in which a prince travels west to cure a curse, and finds the animals there are battling townsfolk trying to destroy their forest.
Studio Ghibli’s enchanting anime – like many of their works – focuses on nature, the environment and mankind’s interaction with it as one of the key themes of the film. ‘Princess Mononoke’ showcases both our capacity of destructive behaviour as well as the possibility of an optimistic future where all beings live together in harmony.Read more
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