“Frozen Planet” Shows North, South Pole As Never Before

    March 19, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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The Discovery Channel has partnered with the BBC for several documentaries, including the wildly successful “Blue Planet” and “Planet Earth”. But their latest venture, called “Frozen Planet”, has viewers falling in love with Antarctica and the Arctic via beautifully shot video and images captured with state-of-the-art equipment. The seven-part series–narrated by Alec Baldwin–aired its first episode last night and was fairly made for HD televisions.

“Frozen Planet” offers a little bit of everything, from the comedic shenanigans of a group of penguins to the sadly ill-fated love story of two polar bears who traveled great distances to find one another. But the real star of the documentary is a time-lapse video of the growth of a brinicle, or ice stalactite, which kills everything its frozen plume touches. Such technology has never been used underwater before, and the images created are spectacular.

One can’t write off the dramatic overtones created by the wildlife, however, or the way the documentary appears to have created a seamless reality show.

“That’s the thing about the natural world: It gives you amazing natural drama,” says Vanessa Berlowitz, “Frozen Planet” series producer, “It looks like it’s scripted, but we don’t fake anything. Everything that we film is a complete portrayal of reality. And the audience thinks, ‘Wow, they did that without trained animals!'”

Twitter reaction from those who watched the first episode seems to be similar, as everyone thought both the effects and the message were very well done.

frozen planet on discovery channel is a MUST SEE, people. really. it’s just so awesome.. the footage. the info. everything. #watchit(image) 1 hour ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Unbelievably amazing work by the BBC and Discovery Channel on Frozen Planet. I could watch this stuff all day long.(image) 2 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Yes, my kids and I are loving the new Frozen Planet series on Discovery Channel! :P… #nerdytweet #fb(image) 1 minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

  • dottie christy

    Just amazing…..I could watch all day long,so entertaining yet educates
    as well.Your heart just go’s out to these animals trying to survive under
    such extreme conditions.Bravo to all who braved such conditions to film
    this beautiful part of the world, unknown visually for many of us.
    THANK YOU THANK YOU Can’t wait for the next episode.