Planet Earth is a 2006 British television series produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. Five years in the making, it was the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC and also the first to be filmed in high definition. The series received multiple awards, including four Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and an award from the Royal Television Society.
User "rooprect" says that the Planet Earth documentary "Should be called "BBC - Yeah, animals suck" " on a review on the IMDB website on December 5, 2007:
"This is going to be an unpopular review. But if even just one of you find it helpful, then there is hope for the Universe. Visually this is a stunning achievement. Read the other reviews about that stuff. But philosophically, it left me cold, empty, and somewhat disgusted. This series focuses very heavily (almost exclusively) on two things: eating and procreating. It portrays animal life at its worst: savage, selfish, and opportunistic. Having been intimately involved in wildlife studies & conservation, I can tell you that there's more to animal life than this. Imagine a race of aliens doing a documentary about human life, and they focus exclusively on slaughterhouses and daycare centers. That would hardly be a fair portrayal of the wonders of which we humans are capable. As a human, I'm sure you'd be outraged that the higher pursuits, like art and study, had been overlooked in favor of the more sensational, dramatic, and carnal elements of life. The segments about predators (wild dogs, cougars, sharks, hawks) show them to be nothing more than killing machines (complete with the obligatory soundtrack - minor key, low cello note). They are invariably shown either hunting or eating. Or thinking about hunting. There is no footage of the fascinating wild dog "singing" rituals, playtime, or simple leisure; the stuff they do when they're not ripping antelope to shreds, you know? Unfortunately, documentaries like this only serve to reinforce the myopic opinion that "nature is savage". And in turn, humans feel it is their duty to emulate such savagery. If this documentary were indeed what it purports to be - an objective view of the planet Earth - then it would have offered not only the vulgar cycles of life and death but the inscrutable mysteries of life that do not fall into that category. Aside from a 5-second shot of a polar bear tobogganing down a hillside (which Attenborough narrates as "she may be cleaning her fur or simply enjoying herself"), this documentary claims to understand everything about animals, limited to killing and procreation, of course."