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Dec242013

Best animal documentaries 

Animal documentaries take us far from the world of our armchair; to the far flung corners of the globe. We all need escapism some time or another, and what better way than to watch animal documentaries. Here we have listed some of the best animal documentaries of recent years. 

Image courtesy of Chris Rivait.

Blackfish 

Blackfish has to be one of the best, if not the best, documentary of 2013. It follows the life of Tilikum, a Sea World killer whale, and it aims to explain the whale's experiences which built up to the eventual death of Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau, along with two others. Blackfish is an incredibly moving, and at times sobering film that tries to give reason to Tilikum’s actions. One of the main messages from the documentary is “If you were in a bath tub for 25 years don’t you think you’d get a little psychotic”. An absolute must-see whether you're an animal lover or not, Blackfish will stay with you for a while.   

Planet Earth 

One of the greatest shows to come out of the BBC, Planet Earth oozes stunning and sophisticated cinematography. The most expensive nature documentary to ever been commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in HD; Planet Earth really is the definition of animal documentary. The makers aim was to provide a "definitive look at the diversity of our planet", a statement they have achieved. 

Grizzly Man 

Timothy Treadwell spent 13 summers living in the wild getting up-close and personal with Bears.  Grizzly Man is not your stereotypical animal documentary; it follows Timothy as he becomes a part of the Bear community - this was until his death in 2003 when he was killed by the animals he loved so much. 

Life 

The BBC has done it again with this fascinating documentary series ‘Life’. The film travels to all the continents on the globe where it attempts to capture every aspect of Life. It examines the length living beings go to in a bid to survive.  Each episode of this colourful series explores different areas; such as mammals, insects, and birds. Life is an incredible watch and a must-see for all. 

Africa 

David Attenborough presents this incredible documentary about wildlife living in one of the world’s most hostile continents. Through unbeatable cinematography and slow-motion we see the struggles animals living there are faced with. One of the highlights of the series is when two Giraffes fight to near death in order to attract the female looking on. The true brute force of the beating is only appreciated when the picture is slowed down; a representation of how astonishing yet fragile life really is. 

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