Review of the documentary series about nature Tiny World

Pros: Fantastic shooting quality; cutest little creatures; six different biomes; balance of dramatic and humorous episodes Cons: Some scenes still look a little staged Tiny World / “Tiny World”

Genre documentary series
Creator Tom Hugh-Jones
Host Paul Rudd
Apple TV+ channel
Year of release 2020
Series 6
Site IMDb

Every decent streaming service, like every major TV channel, should have its own wildlife shows. Viewers love such content, watch it with the whole family, put it to children, etc. Apple TV+ has already had several similar series and films purchased from other services, but Tiny World is the first program made specifically for Apple. And she turned out really great.

As promised in the title, Tiny World is about the tiniest inhabitants of different biomes of the Earth. The main characters of the show were the elephant shrew, chipmunk, sugar glider, European hamster, hummingbird and other animals and insects that are not often caught on camera.

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Tiny World has just six thirty-minute episodes, covering, respectively, an African savannah, a jungle, a Caribbean island, an Australian outback, a European mixed forest, and a very ordinary garden plot somewhere in the UK. But in order to collect the materials necessary for editing, and representatives of about 200 different species “play” in the series, it took the filmmakers almost 10 years. For example, one of the rare geckos featured in the show took three years to catch, using sophisticated remote-controlled equipment. However, why talk for a long time, it’s better to watch this short video Tiny World – Behind the Scenes, demonstrating the work on some scenes of the series.

The British company Plimsoll Productions was directly involved in the work on Tiny World, and the producer of the series was Tom Hugh-Jones, who had previously worked for 22 years in the legendary BBC division – Natural History Unit, the same one with which Sir David Attenborough collaborated. Moreover, Hugh-Jones and Attenborough even managed to work together, for example, on the series Planet Earth, Human Planet, Life Story and the fantastic Planet Earth II, which Hugh-Jones completed just before moving to Plimsoll Productions.

The choice of narrator for Tiny World is also interesting. It was no coincidence that Paul Rudd, Ant-Man of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, became it. Not Attenborough, of course, but Sir David is committed to Netflix, Apple cannot outbid this contract. In any case, Paul Rudd has a good voice and his participation here is quite appropriate, thanks to the associations with his role in the MCU.

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Tiny World is filmed simply fantastically, and you will often find yourself thinking that you simply don’t understand how such filming is possible. Vibrant colors, incredible detail, and it goes without saying that this series, like most wildlife films and shows, is viewed on the largest screen available to you and in the highest definition. An excellent test for the latest generation TVs.

The authors claim that there are no staged shots in the series, although this is still hard to believe. Some scenes, for example, a lizard clinging to a reed during a tropical hurricane, are simply impossible to film live. The shots during the fire also raise questions; there is a feeling that the fire in the foreground is a little fake. However, given how far filming technology has advanced recently, this may be a misleading impression.

Tiny World has a great balance between the funny and the dramatic. In some episodes you will sincerely care about the characters of the series, while others will definitely make you smile or even laugh out loud. The ratio of predators and prey here is also correct and, in general, the series does not have overly naturalistic hunting scenes; it can be safely shown to children.

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It’s nice that Tiny World ends with a scene in the home garden, showing the tiny animals that live very close to us. It is precisely such footage, demonstrating the closeness of wild nature to people, that should instill in children a love for the living world.

Tiny World isn’t the last wildlife series Apple has planned for this year. On December 4, 2020, Earth At Night In Color, a series about the nocturnal life of animals produced by the British company Offspring Films and voiced by actor Tom Hiddleston, will appear on the service. Earth At Night In Color is a kind of response to the Night on Earth series from Netflix, created by the same Plimsoll Productions and Tom Hugh-Jones and released back in January 2020. Interestingly, almost simultaneously with Tiny World, Netflix appeared on its own series about small animals – Tiny Creatures, which, however, contains too many overtly staged shots. Competition between streaming services is intensifying, and we, the viewers, will benefit from this.

Review of the documentary series about nature Tiny World / “Tiny World”

Conclusion:

A great wildlife series guaranteed to make you smile

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