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Co-directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill, and narrated by Patrick Stewart… behold, the 99-minute nature documentary featuring our planet’s biosphere: Earth. FINALLY being released today, April 22nd in honor of Earth Day!

One could argue that this film is geared towards a specific audience: those who have NOT seen the BBC mini-series. Why? Because there’s no original footage…which, for the avid fan-base, is borderline disenchanting. However, the film is brilliantly cut, and still manages to elicit a sense of novelty to the material.

The film moves chronologically through the four seasons, featuring all of Earth’s contrasting geographical locations, but this time around, really explores the “story lines” of the animal-squads. A family of polar bears provides the thread of narration throughout the film, and their journey evokes that sense of intimacy with the audience that usually occurs when the main characters are, well, human. You were attached to these animals, their stories, their progress, and their relationship with planet Earth.

Much like the series, from a visual standpoint, the film is completely enthralling – and watching it on the big screen amplifies how epic some of the camera work really is. We’re talking Planet Earth on steroids.

As an added benefit, if you buy a ticket opening weekend, Disney will plant a tree in your honor.

Over half a million tickets pre-sale tickets have already been sold, which means that already 500,000 trees will be planted—and that number is still growing with ticket sales between April 22-28. Disney’s goal is to ensure that it plants trees in areas that conservationists have identified as critical areas of biodiversity. They will oversee the planting of the trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, which is considered one of the most endangered rain forests in the world. Today, only seven percent of the Atlantic Forest remains.

“With half a million new trees committed so far, Disneynature’s first film is already making an impact on the world—and ‘EARTH’ hasn’t even opened yet,” said Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group.  “We’re so pleased that moviegoers have embraced this film and our tree-planting initiative to this degree and we expect the numbers to keep climbing.”

So see a great film and have a tree planted for you. Trust me, it will be money well spent all around.

The movie opens nationwide today, April 22nd.

Check out some of the amazing stills from the movie below…