NWF at the Movies
In order to increase awareness of the need for wildlife conservation and staying connected with nature, National Wildlife Federation partners with major motion pictures to provide educational guides and activities that are distributed in classrooms across the country. Here are a few of our recent partnerships!
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—lemurs. Captured with IMAX 3D cameras and narrated by Morgan Freeman, the film takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. As an education partner for the film, NWF is providing lots of ways for you to learn more about lemurs and help protect them.
As the education partner for the new animated film, NWF is providing resources to help kids, parents, teachers and animal enthusiasts of all ages to celebrate some of our most clever, acrobatic backyard inhabitants—squirrels. In animated 3D, The Nut Job is an action-packed comedy that follows Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, who must plan a heist to get into his town’s biggest nut shop so that his park pals can gather enough food to survive winter. With his sidekick, Buddy, he assembles a ragtag crew to help him get inside and takes them on a fun-filled adventure.
As the education partner for the film, we hope the popularity of the books and its themes of courage and nature’s beauty will inspire moviegoers and Tolkien fans to find their courage and take action to reclaim their homeland with NWF's Community Wildlife Habitat program.
National Wildlife Federation is teaming up with Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) for the Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
National Wildlife Federation teamed up with Happy Feet Two to encourage people of all ages to take the steps necessary to learn about and to protect amazing wildlife species such as penguins and wild places such as Antarctica. In the movie, Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven—a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s “guts and grit” as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures—from tiny krill to giant elephant seals--to put things right.
Dolphin Tale is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the people who worked together to save her life. After being caught in a crab trap, Winter is rescued but loses her tail. A dedicated marine biologist, a brilliant prosthetic doctor, and a devoted young boy bring about a miracle: a prosthetic tail to help Winter swim again.
Born to be Wild 3D is a story of the remarkable bond between humans and animals. It is about love, dedication, and saving endangered species one life at a time. In the film, you’ll meet baby orangutans and elephants who have lost their families. You’ll also meet the extraordinary people who rescue these orphans. Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas works with orangutans in the lush rainforests of Borneo. Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick works with elephants on Kenya’s rugged savannah. Together, they and their teams are raising these incredible animals and returning them to the wild.
Everyone's favorite pic-a-nic basket-stealing bear comes to the big screen in Yogi Bear, a live-action/CG animated adventure in 3D, in theaters December 17th. Jellystone Park™ has been losing business so greedy Mayor Brown decides to shut it down and sell the land. That means families will no longer be able to experience the natural beauty of the outdoors—and, even worse, Yogi and his pal Boo Boo will be tossed out of the only home they’ve ever known. Faced with his biggest challenge ever, Yogi must prove that he really is "smarter than the average bear" as he and Boo Boo join forces with Ranger Smith to find a way to save the park from closing forever.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole based on the beloved Guardians of Ga'Hoole books by Kathryn Lasky. The film follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father's epic stories of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones.
National Wildlife Federation teamed up with the makers of the family comedy Furry Vengeance to educate children about the importance of getting outdoors and protecting wildlife. Furry Vengeance is a hilarious feature film for the entire family starring Brendan Fraser as a real estate developer whose latest project threatens the habitats of local forest creatures. The woodland critters, who don't want their homes disturbed, seek comical revenge by turning a peaceful neighborhood into a battlefield of epic proportions.
The National Wildlife Federation teamed with the feature film Where the Wild Things Are to get families and kids to spend daily time outdoors for their health, happiness and well-being. Directed by Spike Jonze and based on Maurice Sendak's classic book, Where the Wild Things Are is an adventure for every generation, the story of a sensitive and rambunctious young boy who feels misunderstood at home and escapes to the island of the Wild Things.
National Wildlife Federation partnered with Walden Media (makers of Narnia, Holes, Charlotte's Web and Hoot) for the national release of a great family movie, Nim’s Island, to reach millions with a delightful story, conservation education and opportunities for action to protect wildlife. The movie tells the fictional story of Nim, a young girl who, with the help of her animal friends, seeks to rescue her scientist father who is lost at sea, and save her secluded island.