Discovery’s new series Hello World! has signed up Christina Aguilera, Ellie Goulding, Joan Jett, Dave Matthews, Usher, and Steven Tyler to narrate episodes. The six-part series is presented in association with the World Wildlife Fund and “takes a look at the wonders of the natural world through the eyes of some of today’s most celebrated musicians.” Animals spotlighted in the upcoming series include sea turtles, jumping spiders, rhinos, and hawks. The episodes will also feature music by the artists, with Discovery set to debut the series on July 9, 2016.
“It’s a thrill to have six Grammy®-winning or -nominated artists working on HELLO WORLD!” said Rich Ross, Group President of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel. “All of these artists bring a powerful love for wildlife and the environment, and we cannot wait to share these films with families across the world.”
“Not many people may know of my strong affinity for animals and nature,” stated Usher. “HELLO WORLD! gave me an opportunity to not only look cool to my boys, but also help introduce a new and modern way of learning about the world and the animals living within it.”
“I was thrilled when I was asked to come aboard to be part of HELLO WORLD as I had never done voiceover work prior and the experience was amazing!” said Grammy winner Aguilera. “Discovery does such great work in educating people in an entertaining way and I know I will enjoy watching the series with my kids.”
Details on the Hello World! Episodes:
• It’s a big, tough world out there, where animals face harsh environments and voracious predators. Usher’s new track “Stronger,” also the title of the episode, provides the backdrop as the sea turtle and red fox demonstrate how adversity only makes them more resilient.
• In “Crazy Love,” Goulding uncovers the amazing (and hilarious) lengths some animals go to to attract a mate. Her hit, “Something in the Way You Move,” sets the mood for animals as diverse as polar bears and garter snakes.
• Just about every animal needs water. Yet each creature’s search for it is unique. With “Save Me,” Matthews follows the stories of three very different species—rhinos, spadefoot toads, and manatees—as they search for the fresh water on which all life on Earth depends.
• A mother’s love is something so fierce that anyone who gets in her way better beware. In “Don’t Mess with Mama,” Aguilera uses “Light up the Sky,” to showcase the strategies of such strong maternal caregivers as a mountain goat and a cheetah, as each protects her young.
• Tyler’s recently released country song “RED, WHITE & YOU,” is a perfect backdrop to “Summer Wild.” This episode shows how several North American critters–prairie dogs, hawks, and wild mustangs—like to spend their summer vacation.
• Our favorite bad girl, Jett, highlights the stories of many of the creatures we love to hate. Featuring wolves, alligators, and sharks, “Bad Reputation,” featuring the hit song of the same name, makes the case that for all the fear they put into the world, these guys might just be getting a bad rap. And more than that, they each are really a crucial part of their native ecosystem.