The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008)
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This one's a corker: the cinematography is exquisite; it's admirably devoid of any overt anthropomorphism; the narration, while a little too mythical in context, is informative.
From Disneynature comes this well-intentioned yet hopelessly underwhelming documentary...
The G-rated film (despite its content shortcomings) works well as an educational vehicle for younger viewers.
The documentary rarely flinches, showing exactly how outside forces slip in and feast on the weaker flamingos. It's ghastly, but hey, that's nature.
The script is more mystical than factual - the subtitle is Mystery Of The Flamingos - which can be cloying to those of us raised on Attenborough. But this is still a breathtakingly beautiful reflection on the fragile nature of life.
Audience Reviews for The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos
It was interesting, but like some other Disney nature films, I thought it was under-narrated. Also it's super sad! I know these things happen in nature, but it's like torture watching a little baby chick struggling to survive for 10 minutes straight.
Some wonderful photography and an interesting enough story of these birds, but probably not worthy of a full length film.
For a Disneynature film it was quite good. It had its boring moments, but it never was excruciating like Earth and Oceans were (two Disneynature films that preceded it). Considering that it was more watchable and enjoyable than the recent past nature efforts I would call it a step in the right direction for Disney. (First and only viewing - 2/19/2012)
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