The Crimson Wing
Time Out says
The film opens with a breathtaking scene of lesser flamingos en route to their breeding ground at Tanzania’s Lake Natron, an inhospitably salty body of water just inches deep. During the dry season it’s a salt flat, but after the rains a nourishing red algae forms along with islands of crusty salt, affording the birds a safe area to nest and nurture their cute, ungainly offspring. At least until the dreaded malibu storks turn up for the easy pickings…
Special honours to the Cinematic Orchestra for its quirky score and, of course, to the pin-sharp photography. On the negative side, it takes a while to adjust to Mariella Frostrup’s throaty voiceover and the film wanes near the end. But as a first Disney wildlife foray, this is very grown-up.