One of the greatest thrills of my life was scuba diving in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The serene calm under the ocean surface only enhanced by the myriad of vibrant colors seen on the marine life below was the most wondrous sight to behold. I had never seen anything like it before or since until now with Disneynature’s Dolphin Reef.
Disney has become very adept at giving their nature docs a storyline for the animals that will keep audiences of any age engage, excited and enthralled by the gorgeous cinematography always mixed with a little humor along the way. Like the references to a a certain species of fish that poops sand. Yup, that is actually a thing.
It’s always great to have a voice narration that is just as invested as we are. Natalie Portman was the perfect choice. Her voice is warm, inviting, yet informative simultaneously.
Centered around the adventures of Echo, a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin, who’ far more interested in exploring the coral reef, and its intriguing inhabitants, than learning to survive in it. His Mom, however, is intent on teaching her kid how to survive and make the perfect mud ring and assisting her offspring in a story resulting in his coming of age. Meanwhile, we have a front seat that results in a call to arms battle between humpback and orca whales, turtles fighting for air beneath the ocean surface and the mantis who’s being preyed upon by a pulsating blob of death.
Keith Scholey’s direction is exquisite and what would a Disneynature film be without the production guidance of Roy Conli (who has become a staple of these Disneynature docs). My favorite part is always at the end where the filmmakers give s quick glance into how the most fascinating of shots were captured.
In these challenging times, it stands to note that when everyone plays their part, the community thrives. There are millions of stories like these all over the world. After all their world IS our world as well. Fun and informative for all ages, Dolphin Reef is streaming and available on Disney Plus NOW.