Oceans (2009 film)

Oceans (2009 film)

Film poster
Directed by Jacques Perrin
Jacques Cluzaud
Produced by Jacques Perrin
Romain Legrand
Nicolas Mauvernay
Jake Eberts
Narrated by Jacques Perrin
Pierce Brosnan (Disneynature)
Music by Bruno Coulais
Studio Participant Media
Gatetee Films
France 2 Cinema
France 3 Cinema
Distributed by Disneynature
Release date(s) 17 October 2009 (2009-10-17) (Tokyo International Film Festival)
27 January 2010 (2010-01-27) (France)
Running time 104 minutes
84 minutes (US)
Country France
Language French
Budget € 49 000 000
Box office € 91 299 595

Oceans is a 2009 French nature documentary film by Jacques Perrin distributed in the United States by Disneynature. It was released on April 22, 2010 in 1,200 theaters in the US for Earth Day.[1] The film explores Earth's five oceans. It is Disneynature's third release following Earth and The Crimson Wing in 2009.[2] The version distributed in the USA and Canada by DisneyNature is 20 minutes shorter than the world version of the film, and is edited for a youth audience.

Budgeted at 50 million Euros ($66 million US), it was filmed in over 50 different places and took four years to film.[3] The movie is a high-quality filming documentary featuring ocean animals. It reflects the need to respect nature and demonstrates the negative aspects of human activity on animals.

Oceans is directed and produced by Jacques Perrin, director Jacques Cluzaud with producer Nicolas Mauvernay, editors Catherine Mauchain and Vincent Schmitt, art director Arnaud Le Roch.

Visual effects were produced by visual effect supervisor Nicolas Chevallier, VFX producers Alain Lalanne and Edouard Valton, digital artists Mickael Goussard, Jean-Louis Kalifa, Julien Buisseret, Olivier Sicot, Nicolas Evrard.



Oceans gives you details and facts about the journey of the ocean. The film begins where it takes place in a beach and there are boys and we cut to the islands of Galapagos and up to Outer Space.



Most of the documentary was shot on the sea in boats, submarines, and even scuba-diving.


Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas recorded a special duet for Disney's North American release titled, "Make a Wave". The documentary was accompanied by a score composed by Bruno Coulais, performed by the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra. The score features Coulais' trademark instrumentation and musical style, combining solo players, electronic enhancement effects and other unusual musical elements. Three themes are featured within the score, one of them adapted into a song entitled "Océan Will Be".[4]


The film has received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes.com, the movie has received an 81% fresh rating from overall critics from 62 reviews.[5] Its consenus states "Oceans adds another visually stunning chapter to the Disney Nature library." [5] Among Rotten Tomatoes' Cream of the Crop, which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television, and radio programs,[6] the film holds an overall approval rating of 84% based on 19 reviews.[7] Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average from 0-100 of top reviews from mainstream critics, gave the film an average score of 79% based on 20 reviews.[8] The world version of the film received much more praise than the USA and Canada version.

The film opened briefly at #1, grossing $2,466,530 from 1,206 theaters on opening day; an excellent number in documentary standards, despite being far from the opening day total of its predecessor, Earth.[9] However, the film was overshadowed by its competition with The Back-Up Plan and The Losers as well as continued success from How to Train Your Dragon and Date Night. The film grossed $6 million over the Friday-Sunday period, reaching eighth place at the box office, and taking somewhat less than Earth's $8.8 million[10], but taking more than March of the Penguins. It was the third highest-grossing opening for a documentary film. Despite grossing an additional $4 million over the week, the film collapsed 57% in its second weekend, a steeper drop than its predecessor, taking in $2.6 million from 1,210 theaters. The film earned an additional $2 million over the week and $1.6 million in its third weekend as well as expanding to 1,232 theaters and remaining in tenth place. The film was not a box office success as it closed on July 15, 2010 after only 85 days of release, earning $19,422,319 domestically. However, the film earned $56,689,120 overseas for a total of $76,111,439 worldwide, making it financially successful.

The film was released on DVD and a DVD + Blu-Ray Combo Pack on October 19, 2010.


  1. ^ Scott Weber (8 February 2010). "See a Movie, Save the Oceans". NBC Los Angeles. http://www.nbclosangeles.com/around-town/events/See-a-Movie-Save-the-Oceans-83837247.html. 
  2. ^ Gregg Kilday (19 May 2009). "Disneynature starts up two new films". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3ic8543054a8a9084dbe250356b839fa28. 
  3. ^ "The film “Oceans”, a hymn to the world of the sea". France-Diplomatie. January 2010. http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/france-priorities_1/cinema_2/dossiers_6962/the-film-oceans-hymn-to-the-world-of-the-sea-january-2010_13547.html. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.filmtracks.com/titles/oceans.html
  5. ^ a b "Oceans - Trailers - Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster, Inc. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10011268-oceans/. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  6. ^ "ROTTEN TOMATOES: FRQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS#cream of the crop". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster, Inc. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/pages/faq#creamofthecrop. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  7. ^ "Oceans (Cream of the Crop)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster, Inc. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10011268-oceans/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  8. ^ "Oceans reviews at Metacritic.com". Metacritic. CBS Interactive Inc. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/oceans2010. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  9. ^ "Oceans (2010) - Daily Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. IMDB.com, Inc. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=daily&id=oceans.htm. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  10. ^ Gray, Brandon. "'Dragons' Dominate by Default". Box Office Mojo. IMDB.com, Inc. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=2737&p=.htm. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 

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