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Tiny World Review 2020 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Star: Paul Rudd
The six episodes of Tiny World document some of the smallest creatures in different ecosystems around the world. Narrated by Paul Rudd (who is a producer) with Tom Hugh-Jones, Dr. Martha Holmes and Grant Mansfield serving as executive producers, the project sent directors and cinematographers all over the planet to get up-close and personal with all sorts of tiny mammals, teeny insects, small birds, and other animals that are the smallest of the small, using camera lenses designed to take extreme macro shots, along with rigs that give shots a cinematic feel.
The Gist: In the first episode, we’re transported to the African savannah, and the territory of the elephant shrew, an animal that, in relative terms, is faster than a cheetah as it speeds through its pre-constructed routs to feed itself. Then we see a massive termite mound, where dwarf mongoose make their home, and they help a hornbill bird suss out prey.
As the herds of elephants go through and leave massive, flooded footprints after a storm, a dung beetle grabs balls of elephant dung and take them to their new damp homes in hopes of providing food and the ability to attract a mate. A crowned plover needs to protect her eggs as herds of wildebeest and zebra migrate through. Oxpeckers protect trees from the long tongues of giraffe. We then come back to the mongoose who help warthogs groom by eating fleas off their coarse hair.
Overall, it’s an environment where the tiniest of creatures work symbiotically with much larger creatures, even while they’re trying to protect themselves and their young from other, bigger animals.
What Shows Will It Remind You Of? Tiny World is pretty similar to Netflix’s Tiny Creatures, except that this show was filmed in the wild instead of a controlled environment, like Tiny Creatures was. Both feature amazing cinematography, though.
Our Take: Tiny World tries to be a bit more natural and less dramatic than Tiny Creatures, which tried to amp up the drama to make it seem like a big-budget action film involving small animals. But the cinematography of Tiny World is so good, it achieves a similar effect without having to resort to over-the-top cues that say “These animals are always in trouble!”
The reason why the cinematography is so impressive is that it’s one thing to wait around for lions to do something or for other similarly massive creatures to get into interesting situations. Waiting for the tiniest of the tiny to do something interesting takes a special kind of dedication. This series is the culmination of a decade of filmmakers examining tiny creatures shot with macro lenses, and the care and dedication is evident in both the cinematography and the storytelling that Hugh-Jones was able to squeeze from the footage.
Other places the show will go include the jungle, woodlands, the outback, an island environment and an everyday garden. Each will have an interesting set of creatures that do their thing generally unseen by human eyes but in the face of great danger. And if each has the same level of cinematography — and Rudd’s very straightforward but Rudd-esque narration — the rest of the series should be fun to watch.
Parting Shot: As we pan out from a scene of a tiny bird on a giraffe, Rudd says, “As it turns out, some of the greatest stories here… are tiny.”
Sleeper Star: The termites who make those massive mounds are pretty impressive, as is the cinematographer who managed to get a camera in the mound to photograph the mongoose without disturbing them.
Most Pilot-y Line: None.
Our Call: STREAM IT. The spectacular cinematography on Tiny World is more than enough to tune in, but the storytelling and Paul Rudd’s narration support the cinematography well.
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