Whether it’s their incredible intelligence, remarkable hunting skills and prowess, or even shockingly human-like qualities, some animals on planet Earth hold our attention and sit in our imagination; we’re still only on the surface of understanding their true nature. 

Nature documentaries are some of the most incredible things to witness; with legends such as David Attenborough narrating the incredible journeys of a myriad of animals from penguins and elephants to lions and sharks, watching wildlife do what it does best can truly be a gift to behold. 

With the latest in filming technology and a concurrent style of filming, upcoming Netflix docuseries Animal seeks to go behind the scenes of eight incredible wild families. 

Stunning visuals and deeply intriguing landscapes, as well as the most recent scientific revelations, we open the doors to the world of animals to see what sets them apart. 

The series will focus on a different central character each episode, including a mother lioness, a family of wild dogs, a kangaroo joey, and a youthful giant pacific octopus. Not only that, but we will be introduced to a variety of other charming species while we enjoy an emotional, immersive and revolutionary adventure into some of the most incredible wilderness here on Earth. 

Picture Credit: Netflix
Picture Credit: Netflix

To make the show even more exciting, each episode in season one will be narrated by a celebrity; Rashida Jones narrates Big Cats, Bryan Cranston narrates Dogs, Rebel Wilson narrates Marsupials, and Pedro Pascal will narrate the Octopus episode. 

Other narrators include Anthony Mackie, David Harbour, Uzo Aduba and Andy Serkis.

Animal was, with the exception of one shoot, filmed wholly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Naturally, this presented a colossal challenge for the production of this international series.  

Despite some crews being able to visit certain countries during limited time windows, the teams also used local camera operators to film in inaccessible countries. With local knowledge, along with the ability to time their shoots based on weather conditions, these crews managed to capture some surprising behaviour and wonderfully intimate moments, bringing a new level of insight to this exciting new series. 

Animal will be available to watch on Netflix from November 10th, 2021. 

Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal

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