Nature documentaries present the most exciting moments of everyday life in the natural world, and a new series reveals that the survival of some of the smallest creatures can be as painful, tense and dramatic as for large animals.
Apple TV + “A small world“introduces a fresh look at what the world looks like when viewed from the perspective of its smallest wildlife, like miniature swinging lizards; bees, dragonflies and hummingbirds; and the primates of the rainforests, which are so small that they are dwarfs of catidides.
The series is narrated by actor Paul Rudd, who embraced the power of the very young when he played the main character in the movie “Man-Man” (Marvel Studios, 2015), gaining superpowers stemming from the capabilities – and size – of an ant.
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Assessing the abilities and lifestyles of small, often neglected animals is a matter of perspective. For filmmakers, this meant recording scenes of nature as they appear to creatures that we usually soar from above, demonstrating that the lives of these pipskeys are as “unusual, epic, and magical” as they are for charismatic large animals. said “Little World” executive producer Tom Hugh-Jones.
“I want people to watch the show and come with a new kind of respect and awe for animals they don’t know so much about. And hopefully realize how important it is to protect those animals,” Hugh-Jones told Live Science.
The show’s animal superstars represent a diverse collection of life on a smaller scale, including brilliantly colored dances peacock spiders, small bony fish called goblins that “climb” on waterfalls, powerful drilling mantis shrimp and multi-legged invertebrates known as velvet worms.
“What was really key was to get down to their level and experience the world from their point of view,” Hugh-Jones said.
To do this, the film crews brought a number of light but highly specialized equipment to more than a dozen locations around the world, from remote forest sites in Madagascar to the Appalachian Forest in the United States; from the coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean to lakes in Canada; and from the Namibian deserts to the Australian outback.
They used lenses from scientific instruments and mounted equipment on motion-controlled robotic arms, which provide additional stabilization for shooting at the macro level. Unmanned aerial vehicle pilots have helped navigate flying cameras through the woods to capture images of animals as they map out huge obstacles – at least for them – such as twigs and leaves.
Viewed this way, the daily abilities of small animals – many of which are small enough to sit comfortably at your fingertips – are rivals to superheroes from movies and comics, Hugh-Jones said.
“They have to face incredible forces to survive giant animal predators, and to do that, they have evolved all these incredible superpowers – whether it’s the geckos that shoot the geese out of their tails or the mantises that they can hit with the force of a .22 caliber bullet, “he said.” They really are like a lineup of Marvel characters. “
The first six episodes of “Tiny World” are available for streaming Apple TV +.
Originally published in Live Science.