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Two Trips across One Globe: Earth and Planet Earth Fothergill, A., & Linfield, M. (Directors). (2007). Earth [Documentary]. United States: Disneynature. Fothergill, A. (Director). (2006). Planet Earth. [Television series]. United Kingdom: BBC/Greenlight Media/Discovery Channel.

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This review explores the twin documentaries Earth and Planet Earth. Both are structured with the same goal of exploring our planet and its nonhuman animal inhabitants, but they diverge in approach. Using Disney’s “True-Life Adventure” series as an ideal, the view of human-nonhuman animal relations presented in Earth differs from the one presented in Planet Earth. While the former relies strongly on a purified image that mirrors traditional (Western, human) ideals, the latter presents an image that is both less “neat” and less reliant on attributing humanlike qualities to nonhuman animals. There are some similarities, however, especially regarding the human role in the future survival of the planet’s nonhuman animals.

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