Celebrate Earth Day With These Awe-Inspiring Movies and TV Shows

Thought-Provoking Movies

March of the Penguins

baby penguins in snow

Experience the magic and wonder of the journey of penguins across the Antarctic to find a mate and raise a family in March of the Penguins. The National Geographic production gives plenty of breathtaking images of the penguins’ venture through the freezing climate, with an emotional, heartfelt story to boot.

Ferngully: The Last Rainforest

two animated fairies talking

This early 90s gem is worth revisiting now more than ever. Ferngully: The Last Rainforest tells the story of a group of fairies whose home forest gets destroyed by polluting human machines. Seeing how frightening these events are from the perspective of the fairies makes the protection of nature personal. While it is a fun animated film on the surface, its ability to drive home the message that we need take care of our planet is powerful.

Duma

Blonde boy laying on cheetah

Duma tells the moving story of a young boy who goes on a journey to bring the cheetah he raised from a cub back into the wild. The film has what you’d expect, with plenty of cute shots of big cats. But it also addresses the importance of knowing where to draw the line between man and wild nature, no matter how difficult it can be.

Avatar

blue cat human holding glowing tree seed

Everyone remembers the visually striking cinematic masterpiece, Avatar. Although cat-like people of Pandora may look different from us humans, the parallels between the film’s story and Earth are striking. James Cameron’s passion for environmental activism comes through as he conveys the importance of sustainability on the beautiful, glowing Pandora, while showing the real dangers of humanity’s carelessness. The message about protecting the natural environment is loud and clear, and the impactful visuals and fantastic sci-fi story make it an all-around good time.

Visually Striking Documentaries

Planet Earth and Blue Planet

mountain goats on cliff with desert background

See the wonder of Earth through the perspective of all the cool, creepy, and beautiful creatures who call it home in Planet Earth and Blue Planet.

In the mood for more nature inspired viewing? Check out our Earth Day TV Sale and National Geographic Sale.