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Jungles 

Jungles provide the richest habitats on the planet - mysterious worlds of high drama where extraordinary animals attempt to survive in the most competitive place on earth.

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Emma Napper
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Jungles provide the richest habitats on the planet - mysterious worlds of high drama where extraordinary animals attempt to survive in the most competitive place on earth. Flooded forests are home to caiman-hunting jaguars and strange dolphins that swim amongst the tree tops, while in the dense underworld, ninja frogs fight off wasps and flying dragons soar between trees. Acrobatic indri leap through the forests of Madagascar, while the jungle night conceals strange fungi and glow-in-the-dark creatures never filmed before. Written by BBC One

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UK

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4 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Jungle wonder
21 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Consider the first 'Planet Earth' one of the finest documentaries ever made and one of the best series ever made on anything. A perfect representation of what makes David Attenborough so deservedly highly regarded and his remarkably consistent body of work (even his lesser work is still good) as delightful as it is.

'Planet Earth II' is every bit as exceptional (even if not quite ground-breaking) and easily a 2016 television highlight, its acclaim is more than deserved. "Jungles" may not be the most ground-breaking work Attenborough has ever done, but it still lives up to the brilliant first two episodes with aplomb. Like "Islands" and "Mountains", "Jungles", this may be reiterating what has been said many times about Attenborough's work, but pretty much everything he's done. Even those that are not quite masterpiece status, has consistently the same strengths so it's unavoidable. It is an awe-inspiring, utterly transfixing experience where one forgets they're watching a documentary and instead feeling like they're watching art, that couldn't be higher praise for anything.

"Jungles" first and foremost looks amazing. It is gorgeously filmed, done in a completely fluid and natural, sometimes intimate (a great way of connecting even more with the animals and even the mountains themselves), way and never looking static. In fact much of it is remarkably cinematic. The colours are rich and "Jungles" captures the colour, excitement and formidable danger of the jungle beautifully.

For a composer that composes normally bombastic, rousing and pulse-racing music that is epic even in the quieter moments, Hans Zimmer's music here is a remarkably good fit. It's unmistakably Zimmer in style but throughout it not only complements the visuals but enhances them. The main theme is impossible to forget.

What of the narrative aspects? Can't fault "Jungles" in this aspect either. The narration has a great well-balanced mix of facts that will be familiar to the viewer and others that will induce the right amount of surprise. In short, it's just fascinating, informative and thoughtful.

Nothing but credit is due too for adhering to what made 'Planet Earth' work the first time and then bringing a freshness with a few nice ideas to avoid it being too stale. Attenborough delivers all this information beautifully in a way only he can achieve, there's a soft-spoken enthusiasm, sincerity and precision about his delivery and he never preaches while knowing what to say and how and when to say it.

The animals are adorable and dangerous, with some epic conflicts. One also genuinely cares for them.

Like Attenborough's best work, "Jungles" and 'Planet Earth II' in general feels like its own individual story and never feels episodic or repetitive. There are real, complex emotions and conflicts and animal characters developed in a way a human character would in a film but does it better than several.

Overall, brilliant once again. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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