Monday night marked the debut of Saving My Tomorrow, a new HBO documentary described thusly in promotional materials*:
From the children who will inherit the planet comes a collection of songs, activism and heartfelt tips for protecting the earth … A lyrical mix of science, animation and music, celebrates the wonders of the natural world and is a call from kids to kids to help take care of the planet.
The last sentence of the synopsis above suggests the documentary is a “celebration,” but I can report that it’s anything but. I watched a recording of episode one this morning, and it’s less a party and more a dirge.
To wit, there were four songs in the first half hour installment, and below I’ve excerpted lyrics from each:
- Song 1: ♫ “Hey, farmer, farmer, put away the DDT now” ♫
- Song 2: ♪“Bio-di-ver-sity…don’t let it fade away”♫
- Song 3: ♫“Please don’t send your exploding trains through our city. We don’t think that people dying is pretty”♪
- Song 4:♪“The state of the nations is poisoned from pollution, greed and war”♫
Uplifting stuff! The third *celebratory* song (titled, “Exploding Trains”) was particularly upbeat.
When it wasn’t scaremongering, the documentary seemed a bit complex for an audience of children. For example, here’s Liam Neeson warning about ocean acidification:
To build their shells, sea butterflies need calcium carbonate. But the burning of fossil fuels is making the ocean more acidic, and reducing the amount of calcium in the water
That’s pretty heady stuff for a 6 year old. Another segment, “Wildflowers,” was a reading by Jeffrey Wright on Henry David Thoreau. Again, Transformers this documentary is not.
In fact, I’m thankful that Saving My Tomorrow is boring; otherwise, it would be dangerous, insofar as it’s an attempt to brain wash kids into an alarmist state of mind.
*Below, I’ve reposted the email pitch from the public relations firm (“Big Mouth PR”) hired to promote the film.