BBC’s Planet Earth is a truly awe inspiring show. A lot of that is because of the narrators, David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, and Mike Rowe. The next narrator of Planet Earth is none other than Oprah Winfrey, rounding out a star studded cast. Who else has the kind of voice to narrate the majestic wonders of the world around us? Here are my top picks.
LaFontaine passed away in 2008, which makes it impossible for him to be a future narrator. This is a shame because LaFontaine had a voice that could make anything sound epic. If you have seen a movie preview than you have probably heard LaFontaine’s voice. His deep voice cuts through everything and immediately grabs attention, the only problem I could foresee is LaFontaine’s voice stealing attention from the visual aspects of the show.
Speaking of deep voices, nobody has James Earl Jones beat. Yes, I would like to see Darth Vader narrating Planet Earth. Again, James Earl Jones has the deep voice that simply commands attention. His rumbling voice would be perfect for describing volcanic eruptions and violent earthquakes along with the gentler side of nature. Like bunnies eating grass or something. As long as the voice of Darth Vader was describing it, anything could sound interesting.
David Duchovny has one of the most unique voices around. It is soothing and relaxes everyone within earshot. Even during tense moments he always sounds calm and authoritative, a perfect combination for an educational show like Planet Earth. Duchovny also has the type of voice that allows him to speak quietly yet still be heard clearly. That kind of voice is perfect for describing waterfalls and other natural wonders, plus David Duchovny is just an all around awesome guy.
Having Kris Kristofferson narrate Planet Earth would be like listening to your grandfather tell you stories about how the world works. Somehow Kristofferson just manages to sound wise, oftentimes with a little bit of crankiness added in, and spending half an hour listening to him speak is sure to make you feel smarter. Every episode of Planet Earth would become a life lesson from Grandpa Kristofferson on the circle of life. I also feel like Kristofferson is the kind of guy who has little insights on the world we live in, another plus for him as a narrator.
Morgan Freeman is a rare man. He could talk about dirt and make it interesting, which I’m sure would come in very handy during the “Soils of the World” episode of Planet Earth. I defy anyone to listen to Morgan Freeman speak and not become hypnotized by his words. Before I said David Duchovny’s voice was soothing, but if that holds true than Morgan Freeman’s voice is practically a tranquilizer it is so calming. Morgan Freeman also has experience narrating nature programs since he spoke about penguins in length in March of the Penguins. In the end there is no better choice for a narrator than Morgan Freeman, whether he is talking about the world or paint drying.