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Will Smith gets up close and personal with some of the planet’s most breathtaking spectacles in “Welcome to Earth,” a six-part limited series from National Geographic, which premiered on Disney+ December 8.
Guided by elite explorers from all over the world, 51-year-old Smith embarks on the once-in-a-lifetime journey to discover “hidden worlds that sit beyond our senses.”
In the first episode, Erik Weihenmayer, a blind mountaineer, and volcanologist Jeff Johnson lead Smith on a trek to Mount Yasur, an active volcano in the South Pacific. The episode delves deep into the science of sound, and shows Smith doing everything from staring at boiling lava to dodging boulders while climbing into the crater of Mount Yasur.
“Everything on Earth is making a sound. It’s a song we might not always be able to hear, but it’s a song we can learn to feel,” Smith explains in the first episode. “Tune in to the Earth. Pick up its hidden rhythm, and learn to dance along.”
Other adventurers leading Smith through these incredible experiences include marine biologist and National Geographic explorer Diva Amon, polar expeditionist Dwayne Fields, engineer and National Geographic explorer Albert Lin, and National Geographic photographer Cristina Mittermeier.
If the pandemic thwarted your travel plans over the last year, “Welcome to Earth” gives you an opportunity to see the world without a passport or a plane ticket. In order to stream all six episodes of the series you must be signed up for Disney+ ($7.99 a month, or $79.99 a year).
Unfortunately, Disney+ no longer offers free trial promotions, but there are ways to join at no extra cost. For example, you can get up to six months of free Disney+ when you subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited, which is $9.99 a month ($7.99 a month for Prime members). The music streaming service houses more than 75 million songs that you can stream ad-free or download to listen offline along with numerous podcasts, thousands of stations, and curated playlists.
As the dedicated destination for Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and National Geographic, Disney+ delivers unprecedented access to thousands of hours of eclectic content. The lineup includes Disney+ original movies, documentaries, and TV series such as “Welcome to Earth,” “Hawkeye,” “Luca,” “The Falcon and the Winter Solider,” “Black Widow,” “The Mandalorian,” “WandaVision,” “Soul,” “Raya and the Last Dragon,” “The Secret Life of Whales,” “Cruella,” “The Beatles: Get Back,” and episodes of “The Simpsons.”
“Welcome to Earth” is produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan,” “Requiem for a Dream”), Protozoa Pictures, Jane Root’s Nutopia, and Smith’s Westbrook Studios.