April 22nd 2010
  • Documentary,
  • G,
  • 103 min,
  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • Cast: Jacques Perrin, Lancelot Perrin
  • Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud
  • Writers: Christophe Cheysson, Jacques Cluzaud, Laurent Debas, Stéphane Durand, Laurent Gaudé, Jacques Perrin, François Sarano
  • Producers: Nicolas Mauvernay, Jacques Perrin
  • Executive Producers: Don Hahn, Kirk Wise
  • Art Direction: Arnaud Le Roch
  • Editors: Catherine Mauchain, Vincent Schmitt
  • Music: Bruno Coulais


Disneynature, the studio that presented the record-breaking film “Earth,” brings OCEANS to the big screen on Earth Day, 2010. Nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered by water and OCEANS boldly chronicles the mysteries that lie beneath. Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud dive deep into the very waters that sustain all of mankind—exploring the playful splendor and the harsh reality of the weird and wonderful creatures that live within. Featuring spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies, OCEANS offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea in a powerful yet enchanting motion picture.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Production Budget: $67 million
  • Production Companies: Galatée Films, Pathé, France 2 Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma, Notro Films, JMH-TSR

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2010 Guide Analysis: "The second documentary released under the 'Disneynature' label, "Oceans" follows on from the successful "Earth" which managed a gross of just over $100 million since its debut starting in Europe in 2007. Though generally scoring good reviews, "Earth" suffered from a lot of criticism over the fact it was essentially a cutdown version of the BBC's far superior 11-part TV series "Planet Earth" from 2006 (the same way 2003's "Deep Blue" was made from the ground-breaking "Blue Planet" series).

The trailer for "Oceans" doesn't start out promising as it spends half its runtime flogging the Disney brand more than actually showing the movie itself. Once it does get to the footage though it actually looks impressive, helped by the involvement of French filmmaking duo Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud who directed 2002's brilliant "Winged Migration".

The project was essentially a purely French/Spanish doco that Disney came onboard with and will slap its label on for mass soccer mom consumption. Reviews the other month were glowing but hinted that the entire film is more of a strange mood piece than a straightforward narrative-driven affair (ala "March of the Penguins") and thus will be more difficult for younger kids to follow. A scene involving the simulated mutilation of sharks may also get the chop for its content."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 22 January 2010: France, Japan
  • 27 January 2010: Switzerland
  • 4 February 2010: Germany