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 this synopsis 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: [click to continue…]