Thursday, August 30, 2007
Planet in Peril: The Trailer
Please take a look at the latest trailer for Planet in Peril and let us know what you think. Thank you. (Click image at left to play video)
Posted By CNN: 3:30 PM ET
Thanks for posting the video, It's good, I looking forward to see the "Planet In The Peril" in October it should be interesting.
Posted By bluediamond (Jennifer) : 3:50 PM ET
the trailer is absolutely breath taking and I can not wait until October to see the full and finally product. Great work Anderson, Jeff and Sanjay!!!!!
Posted By Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada : 3:55 PM ET
the trailer is absolutely breath taking and I can not wait until October to see the full and final product. Great work Anderson, Jeff and Sanjay!!!!!
Posted By Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada : 3:56 PM ET
Thanks for the opportunity to review the trailer.

Okay, seriously, the production looked wonderful to me! I do have some feedback. I watch the first time just to watch and the second time to make notes.

1. At 1:42 you have Anderson talking and words are coming out of his mouth and he is looking directly at the audience and there are no words only music.

2. At 1:50 you have Jeff Corwin in a plane talking to the audience and it looks like words are coming out of his mouth and there are no words.

3. From 1:57 to 2:20, in my opinion the images move too fast. The first time I watched it I thought I had vertigo. I have commented to you all about this stuff moving too fast on air.

Always remember your target audience and demographics. There will be many seniors watching this and it is just too fast. The average age of the CNN viewer has to be 60 plus. I still consider myself a very young viewer!

P.S. I hope at the end of the documentary we get a glimpse of all the people it takes to make these kinds of shows. Keep up the good work!
Posted By Renee Bradenton, FL : 4:04 PM ET
Great trailer. The lack of unnecessary narration is fantastic. As they say one picture is worth a thousand words, but these pictures are priceless.

Can't wait until October.
Posted By Marcia, Warren MI : 4:05 PM ET
Yeah...I had already seen it! I think it was very well put together. And I can not wait to see the documentary because obviously there was so much that we didn't get to see!

Great work Y'all!!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Cindy : 4:13 PM ET

When I realized earlier that things were being shifted here and there,I checked in every so often, so I had already seen this.

I am so anxious to see PIP in it's entirety, yet the idea saddens me. It's as if I was watching old 8mm's of things loved, and lost.

Do you not wonder about world as it was those thousands of years ago? What did we lose before it became possible to "dig" into the past?

I saw an article today that stated frozen pollen had been found on the back part of a bee. How incredible that is,

Everyone worked so hard on this project, may others appreciate what thay are being given, before it too, is gone.


Posted By Maggie, GVMO : 4:14 PM ET

I had a question which I forgot to ask. In the PIP trailer, what is the name of the music at the intro? Such a haunting, sad song, perfect for the subject it accompanied!


Posted By Maggie, GVMO : 4:18 PM ET
Hi Anderson and Dr Sanjay and Jeff,
That seems like a well done doc. But i hope am not nagging you all if i ask you to find time and check mt."Kilimanjaro". the icing top of the "Killi" is gone, and the effects it has on the enviroment and the animals is beyond measurable.Thanx and sorry for disturbing.
Peace and Grace.
Posted By Peace and Grace : 4:21 PM ET
The trailer is outstanding, but frightening and disturbing. It is reality, however. Hopefully, it will wake people up!!

Great job, look forward to the special.
Posted By Nadine Buchko, Pittsburgh, PA : 4:29 PM ET

Enya would have been a good choice for the music as well.
Posted By Charlotte D, Stockton CA : 4:40 PM ET
I look forward to seeing the finished project. I wish there was no story to tell.

Claire Colvin, White Rock, BC
Posted By Claire Colvin : 5:02 PM ET
I hate library computers, they won't let me watch it. Flash 6 is used instead of the needed Flash 8.

However, I'm looking for to watching in October. I do have one question though, if CNN is going hi def, does that mean those of us with old fashioned basic cable won't be able to watch CNN anymore? If it does, I'll give up food, heating oil, and QVC and upgrade my cable service and buy a new television if necessary.

BTW, I'm sure the trailer is great. If it has Anderson, snow, mountain, or trees; then I'm sure I'll love it.
Posted By Christina, Windber, PA : 5:16 PM ET
I think the new trailer is great! I am really looking forward to this special. There was a note on there about how the ten billion dollar illegal wildlife trade is leading so many animals into extinction. That really struck me because I realized how hypocritical I am. I am appalled by Michael Vicks behavior of cruelty towards dogs, and yet throughout the course of being appalled by that behavior toward an innocent animal I never even thought about the illegal and brutal behavior that is causing so many animals to become extinct. I’m so glad that Anderson, the 360 staff, and CNN are doing this special because, we, tend to become so wrapped up in what is going on in our own lives that we forget about our planet, and by CNN doing this special you are bring attention and awareness to critical issues, that must be addressed.
Posted By Jessica, Bourbonnais Illinois : 5:24 PM ET
Planet in peril or slowly evolving. Why aren't we living like the Jetsons yet? We should have flying cars/miniature planes, houses in space. It's taking so long. We are so slow. It's baby steps we take alright.

It's beautiful but things change, we're changing. It's ok. Like I said before everything is a double edge sword.

Thanx for everything. Take care.
Posted By Karen, Boston, MA : 5:24 PM ET

What an enormous endeavor, important work, these animals need our help, they are hanging on by a thread, you guys Cooper, Sanjay, and Corwin deserve a round of applause for your selfless dedication! Thank you
Posted By Anonymous : 5:59 PM ET

What an enormous endeavor, important work, these animals need our help, they are hanging on by a thread, you guys Cooper, Sanjay, and Corwin deserve a round of applause for your selfless dedication! Thank you

Maritza San Jose
Posted By Anonymous : 6:00 PM ET
You're preaching to the choir here. Of course I will watch PIP. But I assume you would like to attract an additional audience with the trailer, so I looked at it from that point of view.

I think the opening of the trailer could be better. The opening music is too dreamy and new agey. You need something more dramatic at the opening to catch the interest of the viewer. Maybe a more shocking image as well. The images are pretty, but a planet in peril needs more than pretty images. Can you open with something more punchy? The ending is much better.
Posted By Barbara, Culver City, CA : 6:11 PM ET
Dear Anderson, Jeff, and Sanjay,

As an artist I just had to give my opinion! I have watched this trailer a few times on your new Planet in Peril web page. Like the site itself, it is beautifully done! It has the elegance of something I would have expected from National Geographic.

The music is both haunting and exciting; it pulls you in and has an urgency about it so appropriate for the subject matter you are presenting. Was the music created especially for Planet in Peril? The colors are vibrant and exciting; I can’t wait to see this in HD!

I particularly like the way it builds momentum by beginning slowly, picking up speed and then accelerating before coming to almost a dead stop. The floating mirror like images at the end are unexpected and powerful.

The pacing and the on screen facts give the viewer just enough information to entice them into tuning in. It leaves them wanting to see more.

I think it was a good idea to allow the importance of the subject matter to take precedence over everything else.

I have really loved the Planet in Peril segments you have shown us so far on 360; all of you have done a wonderful job! I am really looking forward to seeing the entire documentary in October!

Thanks for asking!

Jo Ann
Posted By Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 6:50 PM ET
I think it is excellent! I like the way it starts slowly with the beautiful pictures and the haunting music playing in the background allowing the viewer to absorb each fact. Then increasing the pace and adding the narration creates an anticipation of wanting to see and learn more. Ending it with humor was brilliant! I hope Jeff’s arm is okay. Wrapping it up with a summary of who went on this journey with you and want you want to viewer to learn was perfect.

Another great job done by you and your crew. I am looking forward to watching the special in October!
Posted By Maria : 7:08 PM ET
Thank you for this great project and this great video.

As for the video, first you showed the reality of the earth with very slow movement without any voice. I can tell how slowly our planet had been changing in the past. Then as movie goes on, the speed is getting faster and faster, which I think means that our planet is changing at an increadible rate. That's what I thought.

I like this project a lot. No other TV program offers such a wide-ranged view. You taught me so many things that I had not know. You showed me lots of images that I had only read in books or newspaper. All these stories you've covered so far is shocking. I have always fancied myself as an eco-friendly person but since I started seeing this project, I became more and more concerned about our Planet in Peril.
Posted By Mio, Oita, Japan : 7:09 PM ET
I think this documentary should be watched by all of us living on earth. Can't wait!!!
Posted By Yukako,Aichi,Japan : 7:26 PM ET
Very Cool!! This new video is great and I can't wait to see the full documentary. I am amazed at the resources that CNN has put into producing this very necessary documentary. Thank you for all of your hard work.
Posted By Kimberly Miller, Hiram, OH : 8:02 PM ET
That looks incredibly interesting! I can't wait to see the documentary.
Posted By Pamina, New Rochelle, NY : 8:05 PM ET
Hi. I am so grateful that you are doing this special and bringing attention to this issue. I hope Cooper, Corwin, and Gupta will do a lot of press interviews to raise awareness of the special, letting people know how they can learn more and what they can do.

The trailer is better than the brief (less than 30 seconds?) bit I just saw on CNN that was basically wordless glamour shots of Coooper and Gupta. I like the stats and the specifics. But I wish you would highlight the Web site and what can be found there (especially the brief backgrounds of the problem and the "impact your world" innformation on taking action), as that is a way for those who want to learn more now to do so. Ever the activist, I would love it if you would have more about what individuals can do in their own lives as well as to urge action locally, nationally, and globally. [Quite the aside to 360 staff: This is an important issue to me, and if there is any way I can help with that (I write a lot of tips-type articles), I would be honored to do so, even pro bono; I e-mail into the show enough--including early this morning re: Katrina-- that you probably have my contact info.]

I think to make people care about the environment, we need to make it seem like being green is being selfish, not to mention sexy. I think the connections between the environmental damage and how that will affect people in Africa is important but, sadly, since not as many people seem to pay attention to the future plight of others on another continent, I think we ALSO need to tie it into what matters to people living in America (how we are all interconnected, political instability, diseases and storms that could be made worse here because of global warming, etc.).

Personally, I am thinking about writing something that uses traditional Republican arguments/issues as a framework for explaining why doing more for the environment is a good thing. Perhaps if I (a liberal Democrat) can use their reasoning and language, I can better explain why it is important. Republican, Independent, or Democrat, we are already and will further be affected by global warming equally.
Posted By Norah, West Chester, PA : 8:14 PM ET
Love the trailer, great job. I'm really looking forward to this, I've already emailed everyone I know the link to watch the trailer, and to the PIP website itself.
And the music? Gave me chills. Kind of like the feeling I get when I think about where our planet is headed.

Great work, team!
Posted By Stacey : 8:29 PM ET
The Planet in Peril series is very much needed. A jolt of reality is a great motivator.
I think our planet is beautiful right now, at this moment. However, there's always room for improvement and ensuring it stays that way. Good work.
Posted By Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif : 8:39 PM ET
Great trailer - I loved all the images; the interspersing of the fact screens at the beginning; the little bit of narration Anderson did (just enough and not too much), and the music was perfect. I know someone said it was too new agey but I thought it sounded solemn and similar to music you would hear in a music as danger approaches.

The images do go by fast at the end but that is effective because you have so much to cover; the speed and quantity of the pictures convey that message that this is a meaty special that looks at a host of things.

I'm looking forward to PIP - have been since it was first mentioned.
Posted By Annie Kate, Birmingham AL : 9:40 PM ET
Maybe we can put an organization linking to Planet in Peril.
what do you think?

I think I never done anything for our planet Earth I'm also contributing destroying the planet. it's a sad thing sorry!

Regards to
Mr. Anderson Cooper
Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Mr. Jeff Corwin
and to everyone who's making Planet in Peril show possible.thank you!
Posted By Jemillex Bacerdo Chicago, IL. : 9:43 PM ET
Posted By Jill Panama City, FL : 10:00 PM ET
I think the trailer to the PIP documentry just makes me want to watch it even more! I can't wait to travel with Anderson & his crew! I want to be a journalist someday myself, and experience these breath-taking memories, but for now, I Can't Wait for October! This will be a wanna-be journalists dream! Thank you Anderson, your crew and CNN. You are the BEST!
Posted By Michelle Fischer Lafayette, IN : 10:52 PM ET
I'm so looking forward to this exciting,informative documentary! I love that it's four hours long,too.
The trailer is great. I love the opening of it, the music is beautiful and haunting. I would have chosen a different image for the overpopulation part,though. I think it would be stronger to use an image of actual crowds of people instead of cars. Later in the trailer there 's a part again, where 'overpopulation' is named as an issue and the image is 3 lonely people in a dersert...uhm? (or do I remember it wrong?)
The photography looks amazing!! The locations are interesting and beautiful , but maybe you should also show something not so beautiful since the documentary is not an ad for travel agencies , but about how messed up our planet is.
I'm not sure about the 'Anderson-interview' parts. The first one is alright and I like that what he says is used as a voice-over ,which works. To show him a second time around is distracting IMHO , since the footage doesn't visually fit in at all; maybe if he'd dress casually it'd fit better , but I'd leave it out completely. I also don't think he needs to explain what you guys are trying to achieve with this film, it's pretty obvious ,ey? ;)
I like that the trailer is not all doom and gloom looking , and I like the fast images in the end. I would add a bunch of dramatic , ugly images in the fast part, though : smoking chimneys, traffic jams in Asia , dried up plants and broken earth , etc, since it's "planet in PERIL " not "planet through rose-tinted glasses".
I hope I don't sound to critical. I did like the trailer a lot!
Thanks for caring about opinions.
Posted By Minou, New York,NY,NY : 11:03 PM ET
Awesome trailer...I hope this airs on the major networks as well as cable channels. CNN, and AC360 in particular rocks my world on a daily basis (and I am NOT in the 60 and older crowd!)...I hope the rest of the world joins us for PIP...thank you for the fantastic dedication and work the entire crew endured for this production.
Posted By Kim, Dayton, Ohio : 12:35 AM ET
I wish I could see this beautiful trailer on a movie screen! I would like to thank you all for this great work.
Posted By Mamie : 2:49 AM ET
WOW... This viedo is awesome!!
Great video and appropriate sweet
music. It really captures the feeling.

I was regretful because Plant in Peril was broadcasted too shortly.

Planet in Peril is always interesting and instructive as well.

Actually, I 've been wanting to watch natural documentaries for a long time....
My cherished desire has been fulfilled!!!

Take care to avoid an accident...
I really appreciate cnn and
360 staff for special documentary :)

P.S sincerely... Jeff!! This time,
be careful not to be attacked by
the elephant. ^^
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