Netflixing: Round Planet

in tv •  2 years ago  (edited)

I can't believe they really made this.

I know it's the kind of thing I've thought about making. Or, at least, that I thought they should make. My family has been watching nature documentaries since I was a little boy, and I'm sure at some point we all imagined what would happen if someone tried to parodize them.

Lo and behold, now one exists.

A Nature Documentary...Parody

After completing its landmark nature documentary series Planet Earth and also the sequel series Planet Earth II, it would appear that a question arose in the BBC main offices:

"What do we do with all the footage we didn't use?"

Because BBC nature filmographers collected hundreds of hours of video in their quest to make the most beautiful documentaries ever. And quite a lot of that was left on the cutting room floor. Some of the footage was simply of too low quality to make it into a landmark series, but no doubt there was still a lot of useable footage left out.

Futhermore, some of that footage was likely deemed too controversial, for Planet Earth, particularly the parts that included

  • Animals defecating
  • Animals copulating
  • Animal afterbirth
  • Animals tearing each other to pieces (even more gruesomely than in most nature documentaries).
And I'm not gonna lie: all of these are included as part of Round Planet. But, thankfully, most of the humor is NOT of the "gross out" variety.

Meet Your Host

Comedian Matt Lucas plays Armstrong Wedgwood, the eccentric septuagenarian voice actor renowned the world over for his documentaries.

Whether he is actually senile or simply too old to care, Mr. W approaches his work as a nature documentary narrator with a devil-may-care demeanor, being so brazen as to make demands during the recording and even crack jokes when he's feeling naughty. He occasionally brings his dog into the recording studio, assuring the producers that the pup will be no trouble at all.

He may also have been involved in some illegal dealings in the past, and he has a low opinion of the BBC and is not afraid to vent his frustrations.

As he is the show's only character, a lot rides on Mr. W's shoulders to make the whole experience entertaining, but he's really only interested in pleasing himself, much to the consternation of his never-seen-nor-heard producer Tabitha, who sits just outside the soundproof recording room trying to get him to stay on script.

Meet Your Planet

Inasmuch as the footage here is left over from the making of BBC's Planet Earth series (though mostly from Planet Earth II, if my guess is right), everything is just as beautiful and well captured as you would expect from a real nature documentary. This is top notch wildlife photography.

It's all presented in high definition, and if you were to watch it with the TV muted, there would be almost no way to tell that you were not watching something a bit more respectable.

Meet Your Music

Round Planet, strangely enough, also features a musical score that sounds like it would fit right in with Planet Earth. To have a sarcastic voiceover narrating the action while such swelling music plays is a delicious contrast, and ratchets up the humor aspect of the show.

I wonder, however, if the poor composer did not know that his music was actually going to be put in a parody. That would be a rude awakening.

Or perhaps all the music was somehow left over from Planet Earth, as well. I wish I could say for certain.

Meet Your Crew

Another fun addition to the show is the occasional "making of" featurette that plays at the end of some episodes.

These depict the actual camera crew in their natural habitat, and are also narrated by Mr. Wedgewood. He takes a kind of haughty pleasure in being able to lampoon them. They're a great addition to the show.

My Judgment

Round Planet is a stroke of genius. The genre of parody documentaries is vastly underserved, and we as consumers ought to demand more of it.

I will say, however, that I wish the show had gone more "balls to the wall" with its humor. The runtime has plenty of laughs, but little escalation. Once the audience is laughing, you should pull the rug from under them to get even bigger laughs. And, unfortunately, the show is too polite to do that.

That said, it is an excellent comedy series. Sadly, there is only one season, but that entire season is currently on Netflix. Add it to your queue. You will be glad you did.

Previous entries in the Netflixing series:

Past Years

TV Shows

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 3
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events, Season 2
  • Kakegurui
  • Planet Earth II
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 2
  • Revolting Rhymes
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 1
  • The Polka King
  • Little Witch Academia
  • Movies

  • The Iron Giant
  • Jaws
  • Phantom Boy
  • The Boss Baby
  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
  • Strictly Ballroom
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    I also like wild life documentary! Therefore, wish to watch this TV series as well.
    I like what you said in the Judgement! It's easy to figure whether this is worthy or not to watch!


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    @talanhorne sir...
    I stumbled on this by accident in the kids section, but while my kid enjoys watching the animals, I'm having some sensible chuckles over the goofy, sometimes snarky commentary, and frequent breaking of whatever the narrator's equivalent of the fourth wall is.
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      ·  2 years ago (edited)Reveal Comment

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    As per your excellent review, I will add “Round Planet“ to my watchlist.
    When it comes to “Planet Earth” series, I love it. It always amazes me the way they film it. And add the amazing picture quality to it. It’s almost like you are there.

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    Watching nature in its natural habitat is always bring wonder and amazement of such powerfull power at work. I always think it is a good choice in spending time compare to watch fake news or politics that unrelentlessly try to fill up our head with rage and discomfort. Understanding how nature at works always nurture humanity and understand our part in larger ecosystem. thanks for sharing.

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      ·  2 years ago (edited)

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    Animals defecating
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    @talanhorne sir...
    Planet Earth II is a show about islands, and bears, and glass frogs, and the leopards that live in Mumbai, and, in one astonishingly funny moment, the courtship dance of bower birds. It’s about David Attenborough’s remarkable, warm, intelligent voice, and about jaw-dropping visuals. Sometimes it’s about pigeons. And yet the most arresting and beautiful thing about Planet Earth II is the way it plays with scale, in terms of both time and perspective...

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    @talanhorne, I like to watch nature indeed movies. Planet Earth II is a best choice of Netflix series. All of indeed nature properties have awesome with weird scenes. Digital part of movie nice to hear with digital sounds.

    Wow looks so much fascinating and intriguing man... Nature is incomplete without these amazing animals, important part of ecological balance ..We need to care of them if u have to keep our earth as fascinating as it looks like this... Amazing stuff again

      ·  2 years ago (edited)

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    This sounds like a great show to watch. I'm actually a big fan of documentaries. You're definitely right in saying that parody documentaries are underserved. I haven't watched too many of them myself.

      ·  2 years ago (edited)

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