Discovery Channel announced a new family-friendly series from some of today’s hottest recording artists; it was announced today by Rich Ross, Group President of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel.
Presented in association with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), HELLO WORLD! is a six-part series taking a look at the wonders of the natural world through the eyes of some of today’s most celebrated musicians. The series brings out the universal themes of the artists’ music by using it as a soundtrack for the stories of animals in the wild. HELLO WORLD! debuts Saturday, July 9 with two back-to-back episodes for three weeks. The series is produced by RadicalMedia on behalf of Discovery Channel.
“It’s a thrill to have six Grammy®-winning or -nominated artists working on HELLO WORLD!” says Ross. “All of these artists bring a powerful love for wildlife and the environment, and we cannot wait to share these films with families across the world.”
HELLO WORLD! takes viewers deep into the environments of animals as varied as sea turtles, jumping spiders, rhinos, and hawks as they live their daily lives. Whether they are searching for water, looking for love, or caring for their families, these animals all have a singular way of surviving. Each episode features the artist’s vibrant storytelling and one of their well-known songs, as well as a lush musical score.
Usher, “Stronger” –– Saturday, July 9 at 8:00pm ET/PT
It’s a big, tough world out there, where animals face harsh environments and voracious predators. Usher’s new track “Stronger,” also the title of the episode, provides the backdrop as the sea turtle and red fox demonstrate how adversity only makes them more resilient.
Christina Aguilera, “Don’t Mess with Mama” Saturday, July 9 at 8:30pm ET/PT
A mother’s love is something so fierce that anyone who gets in her way better beware. In “Don’t Mess with Mama,” Aguilera uses “Light up the Sky,” to showcase the strategies of such strong maternal caregivers as a mountain goat and a cheetah, as each protects her young.
Steven Tyler, “Summer Wild”– Saturday, July 16 at 8:00pm ET/PT
Tyler’s recently released country song “RED, WHITE & YOU,” is a perfect backdrop to “Summer Wild.” This episode shows how several North American critters–prairie dogs, hawks, and wild mustangs—like to spend their summer vacation.
Ellie Goulding, “Crazy Love”– Saturday, July 16 at 8:30pm ET/PT
In “Crazy Love,” Goulding uncovers the amazing (and hilarious) lengths some animals go to to attract a mate. Her hit, “Something in the Way You Move,” sets the mood for animals as diverse as polar bears and garter snakes.
· Joan Jett, “Bad Reputation” – Saturday, July 23 at 8:00pm ET/PT
Our favorite bad girl, Jett, highlights the stories of many of the creatures we love to hate. Featuring wolves, alligators, and sharks, “Bad Reputation,” featuring the hit song of the same name, makes the case that for all the fear they put into the world, these guys might just be getting a bad rap. And more than that, they each are really a crucial part of their native ecosystem.
Dave Matthews, “Save Me” – Saturday, July 23 at 8:30pm ET/PT
Just about every animal needs water. Yet each creature’s search for it is unique. With “Save Me,” Matthews follows the stories of three very different species—rhinos, spadefoot toads, and manatees—as they search for the fresh water on which all life on Earth depends.