Created for Apple TV+ in celebration of Earth Day, “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth” is based on the New York Times Bestselling Book and TIME Best Book of the Year by Oliver Jeffers.
This double Emmy award-winning animated short film features a star-studded voice cast including Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning Meryl Streep, Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated Chris O’Dowd, SAG Award nominee and Critics’ Choice Award-winning Jacob Tremblay and Oscar nominee Ruth Negga.
Adapted & Directed by Philip Hunt, and co-written with Luke Matheny, this insightful and poignant short film, produced by Sue Goffe and Ange Edmonds, features a beautiful score by composer Alex Somers.
This is no regular adaptation. Oliver’s beautiful and inspiring picture book, itself a ‘beginner’s guide’ to Earth’, acted as a springboard for the bigger story we wanted to tell. The film starts with the arrival of a newborn and all the questions this event brings for a first-time parent. We then pick things up a few years down the line— as the now older child (voiced by Tremblay) has his eyes opened to the wonders of the planet from both his parents (voiced by O’Dowd and Negga), and a mysterious exhibit at the Museum of Everything (voiced by Meryl Streep, who also narrates).
Aptly played out over one Earth Day, the film is a beautiful exploration of life and the world that surrounds us. True to the book, this is a heartfelt dialogue between parents and their child, acting as an introduction to space, animals, and humankind, lightly touching on (just about) everything from the solar system to the human body. The film affords us a glimpse into the beautiful logic of children and how baffling it can be for parents — expressed in moments of wonderment, worry and whimsy to which everyone on Earth can still relate. Here We Are is an uplifting and lyrical snapshot of life on our planet and what it means to those who call it home.
“Well, hello. Welcome to this planet. We call it Earth,”
Production design & Development
“As with our previous collaboration in LOST AND FOUND, Oliver created a myriad of original artwork used throughout the film, and his visual signature can be felt across the story. We gathered a wide range of talent from all corners of the world to make the film happen, and we were lucky enough to secure Manddy Wyckens as art director, and Animation supervisor Laurent Rossi who skillfully guided their teams to create our visual interpretation of Oliver as it appears in the film.
Meanwhile, under the supervision of James Galliard, the CG team of technical artists achieved incredible depth and warmth from sets and characters. The joy of adding the score by Alex Somers and sound design by Adrian Rhodes was always going to be the icing on the cake, and we were delighted to be given the opportunity to share it with audiences around the world”.