“Serengeti” is filled with spectacular footage of animals, filmed over two years in the wild. It is not, however, a documentary. It’s more like a six-part animal soap opera.
Seriously. And you don’t have to take my word for it: “It’s not a documentary,” said director and producer John Downer — although he doesn’t exactly admit that it’s a soap.
“We’re faithful to the animals’ behavior, and the animals’ behavior informs the storyline,” he said. “It was a messy, complicated film because we wanted to tell it not like a normal natural history film.”
“Serengeti” premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. on Discovery and Animal Planet; the first episode will air without commercials.