Disney+ Announces Earth Day 2022 Plans, including Disneynature’s “Polar Bear”

Disney+ has big plans this Earth Day with the launch of a brand-new Disneynature documentary and two National Geographic specials premiering on April 22nd.

(Disney/National Geographic)

(Disney/National Geographic)

What’s Happening:

  • During a TCA presentation, Disney+ announced new details for their 2022 Earth Day celebration on April 22nd.
  • A new Disneynature documentary film, Polar Bear, will make its worldwide debut, narrated by Catherine Keener.
  • National Geographic will debut a new special from their long-running Explorer series, featuring Free Solo climber Alex Honnold.
  • Nat Geo also takes viewers back to Apricot Lane Farms with The Biggest Little Farm: The Return, a follow-up to the 2018 documentary.
  • These three new releases will take viewers to the rainforests of Guyana, farms of California, and icy tundras of the Arctic.
  • More information about each project can be found below.

Disneynature’s Polar Bear:

  • Polar Bear tells the story of a new mother whose memories of her own youth prepare her to navigate motherhood in the increasingly challenging world that polar bears face today.
  • The film is narrated by two-time Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener (Capote, Being John Malkovich).
  • Disneynature Penguins directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson direct the film.
  • Produced by Fothergill, Wilson, Jason Roberts, Keith Scholey, and Roy Conli.

National Geographic’s Explorer: The Last Tepui:

  • This one-hour special is the newest installment of National Geographic’s long-running Explorer series.
  • Alex Honnold (Free Solo) and a world-class climbing team led by National Geographic Explorer and climber Mark Synnott are on a mission to deliver legendary biologist and National Geographic Explorer Bruce Means to the top of a massive “island in the sky” known as a tepui.
  • The adventure includes a first-ascent climb up a 1000 foot sheer cliff, trekking miles of treacherous jungle terrain, and searching the cliff wall for undiscovered animal species.

National Geographic’s The Biggest Little Farm: The Return:

  • Based on the 2018 award-winning feature documentary film, The Biggest Little Farm: The Return reunites viewers with John and Molly Chester, who left their Los Angeles life to grow delicious food in harmony with nature.
  • The special documents the couple’s 10-year journey to make Apricot Lane Farms a “Real-life Charlotte’s Web,” introducing animals such as Emma the pig and Moe the lamb.
  • See how the farmers utilize the interconnectedness of nature to help build soil health, maximize biodiversity, and regeneratively grow the most nutrient-dense food possible this Earth Day.
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Alex Reif
Alex joined the Laughing Place team in 2014 and has been a lifelong Disney fan. His main beats for LP are Disney-branded movies, TV shows, books, music and toys. He recently became a member of the Television Critics Association (TCA).