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Disneynature Bears is narrated by John C. Reilly and includes a song by Disney's Olivia Holt.

Movie Review: Disneynature’s “Bears”

(MOVIE REVIEW/WILDLIFE) Disneynature struck gold with the documentary, Chimpanzee, back in 2012. Their latest project, Bears, continues to display the same charm that makes Disney movies so great. Centering around a female grizzly, Sky, and her two cubs, Scout and Amber, Bears does a good job of showing the struggles faced by the animals during the cubs’ first year of life. Irreplaceable in his role, Oscar nominee John C. Reilly captures the spirit of the film through his narration, and perfectly expresses the film’s lighthearted moments, as well as its more dramatic scenes. In addition to Reilly, Bears employs actress and singer, Olivia Holt, who performs “Carry On,” at the end of the film, a song written specifically for the documentary. — Global Animal

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Narrated by Morgan Freeman, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar explores lemur life.

Movie Review: “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar”

(MOVIE REVIEW) IMAX has a history of delivering audiences to unique and unfamiliar worlds, with their most recent documentary, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, succeeding where they always have. Created alongside Warner Bros. Pictures, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar utilizes Morgan Freeman’s silky narration to shed light on one of the world’s most popular primates. The documentary follows primatologist and conservationist, Dr. Patricia Wright, as she studies Madagascar’s lemur population and attempts to protect the endangered primates’ from deforestation. – Global Animal

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Movie Review: How “Turlock” Rescue Chickens Flew The Coop

(MOVIE REVIEW/FARM) A powerful new film, Turlock: The Documentary covers the large-scale rescue of chickens at a factory farm in Turlock, California. When the factory farm shut down, 50,000 chickens were left without food or water. After being starved and neglected for over two weeks, the chickens were rescued by Animal Place, a nearby farm sanctuary. The film details the efforts of the workers and volunteers of Animal Place in their attempt to save as many lives as they could from the farm. Thanks to their hard work, they were able to save 4,500 birds. — Global Animal

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Much like Wreck it Ralph and Tangled, Frozen is a great Disney movie.

Movie Review: Disney’s “Frozen” Warms The Heart

(MOVIE REVIEW) Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song, people everywhere are singing the praises of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest adventure Frozen. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, Frozen is another one of Disney’s first class movies. Complete with song, dance, and that unmatchable Disney charm, the film will not disappoint children and parents alike. Frozen stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Alan Tudyk and Josh Gad, and takes a healthy spin on the topic of true love, while poking fun at the instantaneous romances that run rampant in kid films. Frozen doesn’t stick to plot clichés, and the story will have families leaving theaters feeling refreshed. — Global Animal

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Orca suffers from a floppy dorsal fin, an abnormality that occurs more often in captivity than it does in the wild. Photo Credit: Cowperthwaite/Magnolia Pictures

“Blackfish” Director Dishes Out Dirt On SeaWorld

(MOVIES) For those who couldn’t make it to theaters to see Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s critically-renowned documentary Blackfish, you’re in luck, because CNN is bringing the film to your TV sets tonight. Released in theaters back in July, Blackfish calls attention to the vast psychological problems killer whales face in captivity and the associated dangers. When Cowperthwaite set out to make the film, she originally intended to focus solely on SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau’s horrific death at the hands of killer whale Tilikum. Unbeknownst to her, Cowperthwaite stumbled upon a well-guarded SeaWorld history laced with tragedy. Blackfish brings a long list of incidents involving trainers and whales to the surface, and does a great job of convincing viewers that animal captivity for entertainment should be a thing of the past. Although Cowperthwaite doesn’t think of herself as an activist, there’s no doubt she’s done an incredible service to the cause. If you’re still not convinced SeaWorld is a terrible place, take a look at the director’s personal thoughts on the issue, and be sure to catch Blackfish tonight, October 24, at 9 p.m. ET on CNN. Continue reading below to learn more about Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s personal experiences with SeaWorld and making her documentary. — Global Animal

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Tilikum one of the orcas at SeaWorld sits in captivity.

“Blackfish” Documentary Dives Into SeaWorld’s Dark Depths

(MOVIE REVIEW) Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s 2013 film, Blackfish, does exactly what a great documentary should do. The film is as heartwrenching as the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove, but at its core, Blackfish is even more horrifying, given that nearly ten million people inadvertently participate in the film’s tragic story every year by visiting SeaWorld parks across the U.S. Blackfish airs on CNN tonight, October 24, at 9pm. Read on to learn more about the critically acclaimed film and see the trailer for yourself. — Global Animal

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Celebrities Celebrate “Lion Ark” World Premiere

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM) Plans for the upcoming documentary, “Lion Ark,” began circulating the web a few months ago, and it seems that the time has finally come for the film to grace the silver screen! Completed in early June, the world premier is set to take place today, October 1, at the Raindance Film Festival. Filmed in a post-circus Bolivian world, “Lion Ark” follows the efforts of several activists as they transport abused, illegally retained, circus lions to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado. Read on to learn more about the film’s world premiere and check out the trailer for yourself! — Global Animal

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Review Of “Speciesism: The Movie”, A Film That Speaks For The Silenced

(MOVIE REVIEW)Director Mark Devries’ Speciesism: The Movie is an eye-opening, yet fresh take on the array of atrocities brought on by the factory farming industry. Most film reviews will note the horrific images throughout the farming industry, but it’s the director’s experiences that makes the film truly relatable. The documentary follows Devries on a personal journey, as he uncovers the truths behind the industry and experiences a change of heart based on those discoveries. After originally setting out to film animal advocacy groups and how they operate, Devries finds himself immersed in completely unexpected territory. – Global Animal

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