Tiny World
GenreNature documentary
Written byTom Hugh-Jones
StarringPaul Rudd
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersMartha Holmes
Tom Hugh-Jones
Grant Mansfield
ProducerPaul Rudd
CinematographySimon De Glanville
Running time30 minutes
Production companyPlimsoll Productions
DistributorApple Inc.
Release
Original networkApple TV+
Original releaseOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02) –
present (present)

Tiny World is an English nature documentary television series created by Tom Hugh-Jones, and narrated by Paul Rudd. The series premiered on October 2, 2020 on Apple TV+, with a second season premiering on April 16, 2021.[1][2]

Premise

Tiny World "showcases nature’s lesser-known tiny heroes. Spotlighting small creatures and the extraordinary things they do to survive, each episode is filled with surprising stories and spectacular cinematography."[3]

Episodes

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
16October 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)
26[2]April 16, 2021 (2021-04-16)[2]

Season 1 (2020)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [4]Directed byOriginal release date [5]
11"Savannah"Sam HumeOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)

Discover how incredible little animals of the African savannah survive as the largest migration on Earth barrels their way.

Scenes:

22"Jungle"Robert WilcoxOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)

There are countless tiny animals living in a giant jungle tree. See how they cope when their world comes crashing down.

Scenes:

The green hermit has a long curved bill.
The green hermit has a long curved bill.
33"Island"Andrew MoorwoodOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)

When hurricane season hits the Caribbean, some of the planet's smallest animals fight to survive the most powerful storms on Earth.

Scenes:

44"Outback"Lucy WellsOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)

Australia's gumtree forests are full of fantastical little creatures, but it's only a matter of time before their homes go up in flames.

Scenes:

55"Woodland"Ed WatkinsOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)
A chipmunk hustles to make it through a year in the forest, while a host of other incredible tiny animals seize every opportunity.
66"Garden"Alex RankenOctober 2, 2020 (2020-10-02)
Explore the world of small wonders and miniature heroes that live beneath your feet in the backyard.

Season 2 (2021)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [4]Directed byOriginal release date
71"Meadow"Matt RichardsApril 16, 2021 (2021-04-16)
An adorable harvest mouse, queen bumblebee, and other little critters race to make the most of summer before their home is harvested for hay.
82"Desert"Victoria WebbApril 16, 2021 (2021-04-16)
Tiny creatures, like a ground squirrel pup, must learn how the cacti that cover their home can help them survive a long, hot, dangerous summer.
93"Pond"David JohnsonApril 16, 2021 (2021-04-16)
From ducklings to dragonflies, all sorts of tiny wonders live in freshwater but when you're a small animal in a big pound, life is full of danger.
104"Rainforest"Alex RankenApril 16, 2021 (2021-04-16)
Journey to Madagascar to discover the extraordinary superpowers that little creatures must use to survive in the mysterious rainforest.
115"Reef"Sophie MorganApril 16, 2021 (2021-04-16)
Explore an underwater world of incredible creatures as the tiny residents of a coral reef prepare for the most important night of the year.
126"Dune"John CapenerApril 16, 2021 (2021-04-16)
Life in the shifting sands of the Namib desert is so extreme it has forced small creatures to evolve extraordinary powers to help them triumph.

Production

Tiny World creator Tom Hugh-Jones says filming took about one year, but if all filming days were added up, it would total nearly 10 years of shooting to capture nearly 200 species of small animals. Altogether, they filmed about 3160 hours of footage with around 20 teams at different locations around the world.[6][7][8]

The idea to have Paul Rudd narrate Tiny World came from his recent role as Ant-Man.[6]

Critical reception

Tiny World has been universally acclaimed. Decider said, "the spectacular cinematography on Tiny World is more than enough to tune in, but the storytelling and Paul Rudd’s narration support the cinematography well."[9] TV Insider called the series "visually captivating". saying it "will convince you to look closer at the world's more minute inhabitants."[10]

References

  1. ^ Low, Elaine (August 26, 2020). "Apple TV Plus to Debut Docuseries 'Tiny World,' 'Becoming You,' 'Earth at Night in Color'". Variety. Archived from the original on March 3, 2021. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Breaking News - Apple TV+ Announces "The Year Earth Changed," An Uplifting Wildlife Documentary Special Narrated by David Attenborough, Heralding Earth Day 2021 | TheFutonCritic.com". The Futon Critic. March 29, 2021. Retrieved March 29, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Tiny World". Apple TV+ Press. Archived from the original on 2021-01-31. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  4. ^ a b "Tiny World - Episodes". Apple TV+ Press. Retrieved March 29, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Home – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  6. ^ a b Ellwood-Hughes, Pip (October 2, 2020). "Interview: executive producer Tom Hugh-Jones share his experiences of making Apple TV+ series 'Tiny World'". Entertainment Focus. Archived from the original on November 1, 2020. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  7. ^ Henry, Grace (October 1, 2020). "13 cool behind-the-scene facts and TV firsts from Paul Rudd's Tiny World". Radio Times. Archived from the original on January 19, 2021. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  8. ^ "Filming Tiny Creatures (with Tom Hugh-Jones) GCS245". YouTube. November 9, 2020. Archived from the original on February 1, 2021. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  9. ^ Keller, Joel (October 2, 2020). "Stream It Or Skip It: 'Tiny World' On Apple TV+, A Nature Series That Looks At The Smallest Creatures In Different Ecosystems". Decider. Archived from the original on February 1, 2021. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  10. ^ Roush, Matt (October 2, 2020). "Worth Watching: 'Emily in Paris,' Return of 'Undercover Boss' and 'Warrior,' Apple's 'Tiny World' & 'Ted Lasso' Finale". TV Insider. Archived from the original on January 16, 2021. Retrieved January 25, 2021.