Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will narrate a documentary for Disneynature in what will be her first project after she and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, officially step away from the British Royal Family on March 31.
Meghan has narrated the doco in exchange for a donation towards Elephant Without Borders, a non-profit organisation that works to protect elephants in Botswana. Elephant follows an African elephant named Shani and her son Jomo as they migrate with their heard and its matriarch, Gaia, across the Kalahari Desert in Botswana. Per Disney, we’ll watch as the elephants battle “brutal heat, dwindling resources, and persistent predators, as they follow in their ancestor’s footsteps on a quest to reach a lush, green paradise.”
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) March 26, 2020
Do note that instead of using “Her Royal Highness” in the poster and caption, which Meghan will soon drop, Disney opted for just “Duchess of Sussex”. Hehe.
Elephant will premiere early next month, on the same day as Dolphin Reef, another Disneynature documentary narrated by Natalie Portman. In this doco, we’ll meet a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin named Echo who can’t seem to decide if it’s time to grow up and take on responsibilities.
Elephant and Dolphin Reef premiere April 3, only on Disney+.
I haven’t heard a voiceover in a trailer in eons, but holy hell is it a nostalgia hit.
If you’re interested in more of Disney’s storytelling nature documentaries, you can find a whole slew of them on the streaming platform. There’s Chimpanzee (narrated by Tim Allen), Bears (narrated by John Reilly), African Cats (narrated by Samuel L. Jackson), and Born in China (narrated by John Krasinski) to name a few.
As an aside, I just had a brain fart and wondered how Disney reeled in so many high-profiled actors to narrate. That’s Friday for you.
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