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From the highest mountain to the deepest ocean, BBC's #nature documentary Planet Earth toured the globe with awe-inspiring beauty over a decade ago. An all-too-short 11 episodes aired in 2006, and rumors of a sequel swirled in 2013. Now we have just been gifted our first look at Planet Earth II. Sadly, this time it looks like we are taking an even shorter vacation — cutting the order to only six episodes. Don't feel too glum though, national treasure David Attenborough will be back to once again narrate the jewel in the BBC crown.
Delightfully shot in 4K for the next generation of TV, #PlanetEarthII promises to brighten up everyone's living room. Even "limited" to YouTube's 1080p, the stroll around the world looks absolutely "WIIIIILD"!
Reusing Sigur Rós's "Hoppípolla" from the original #PlanetEarth, the first trailer gave us a serious nature-boner. Here are five of the best moments, and you can check out the full version below!
Bat's All Folks
Doing what it does best, the team are off to those places that you just can't reach on foot. The original Planet Earth had a whole episode dedicated to caves, and it looks like we are heading back there in the new version too. Using the latest camera stabilization, ultra HD cameras, and even drones, the team had a hand in capturing those crafty critters up-close.
Where are my dragons?
Could Daenerys Targaryen be recruiting for the next season of Game of Thrones? Planet Earth II will be taking a trip back in time to look at the prehistoric Komodo dragon at some point this season. Filmed in 64 countries, and over four years, seeing that many rare creatures must have been a thrilling sight for the production team.
The circle of life.
No, this isn't a shot from Jon Favreau's upcoming version of The Lion King, the #documentary is just showcasing another of its spectacular fight scenes. Whereas Attenborough's previous series (and semi-followup) The Hunt solely focused on the battles of nature, it looks like Planet Earth II will return to a broader look at different climates.
Planet of the Apes
I had half expected the monkey to go for an iPhone 7, but he is clearly just thirsty. Planet Earth II will also presumably explore the relationship between humans and animals, looking at how all life co-exists. The original Planet Earth also ran with a series three 60-minute episodes titled Planet Earth: The Future, which looked at conservation and environmental issues.
Take a dip.
Finally, why not cheer up your day with a GIF of a happy sloth taking a paddle? Why...? Just because!
Not to be confused with Netflix's rival Our Planet (expected 2019), Planet Earth II is the true successor to the popular BBC formula. The original was pre-sold and multicast around the world to 130 countries, with keen actress and conservationist Sigourney Weaver narrating the American version. There is no news yet on whether Weaver will return this time around, but personally, I am happy to just listen to the grandfatherly tones of Attenborough.
The trailer for Planet Earth II teases that the series will be "Coming Soon," which is a pretty broad spectrum. However, reports are that we will be crossing the deserts of Planet Earth II before the end of November this year. Perfect timing for the 10-year anniversary of the original.