Tiny Giants 3D

Synopsis: From the ancient forests of North America, to the legendary Sonoran desert, a diverse world of wild, mysterious and remarkable animals exists. Magnificent, but still unaware that beneath their hooves and paws, lies a microcosmos of elusive and extraordinary tiny little creatures. This is the story of an adventurous young chipmunk and a caring grasshopper mother mouse, two minuscule beings dwelling in a world of giants. The battle for survival in such an unforgiving environment, takes on a completely new meaning, especially when you are a few inches tall... a true tiny giant!
Director(s): Mark Brownlow
Actors: Stephen Fry
44 min

The ancient forests of North America.

Mysterious, wild...

a world of giants...

where great bears and wolves prowl.

But hidden in the shadows there is

a miniature, almost magical world.

A place where nothing

is quite as it seems.

The home of extraordinary, tiny creatures.

It's fall.

And the moment one little chipmunk

has been waiting for.

The arrival...

of acorns.

When you're just 6 inches tall

the world looks very different.

This chipmunk is only 2 months old...

and is already facing what will be

the greatest challenge of his life.

He has to collect enough acorns

to get him through the coming winter.

He'll need at least a hundred

so every acorn counts.

He will only survive the coming winter

by escaping underground.

But he can't hibernate like a bear.

His body is too small to store enough fat.

Instead, he needs a store of food.

For his first year

the youngster's done well.

But he's being watched.

This is an older chipmunk...

worldly wise and sneakier too.

Older chipmunks are notorious thieves.

After all, why work when you

can steal from someone else?

For the youngster,

life without his store of acorns...

will spell disaster.

But he isn't the only little creature...

struggling to grow up

in the big, wide world.

On the other side of the continent...

lies one of the harshest

environments on Earth.

The Sonoran Desert...

in America's wild west.

A place of legend.

For the first human settlers...

survival in this unforgiving desert

was on a knife edge.

So imagine how hard it must be...

if you stand only 3 inches tall.

A tiny grasshopper mouse.

This caring mother was left to raise

four hungry mouths alone.

They're not yet ready

to make it on their own.

Except for one.

The eldest son is bolder...

and increasingly drawn

by the call of the wild.

Every night, his mother

goes out to find food.

Hiding in the shadows

is a host of enemies.

Giant enemies.

There are more venomous creatures here...

than anywhere else in the U.S.A.

No place for the timid.

But she's not your average mouse.

It's why old-timers call her

by an earlier name:

Scorpion mouse.

The sting of a scorpion

can kill a human...

but a scorpion mouse has a superpower.

Her body is immune to the venom.

She specializes in hunting deadly prey.

To defend her territory she stakes

a claim with a warning howl.

This young scorpion mouse

has a lot to live up to.

He knows nothing

of the dangers outside his door.

But barely 3 weeks old...

growing curiosity means

he's about to face them.

Back in the wild wood...

the young chipmunk is still preparing

for the coming winter...

unaware that his store is being ransacked.

For the thief, it's a dash back home...

to stock up his own store...

before heading straight back

to the scene of the crime.

Out in the woods, the young chipmunk

is about to face a new problem...

and this one's a giant.

This half-ton moose

is hungry for acorns too.

Arriving back at his burrow...

the young chipmunk

is in for another surprise.

His store is now almost empty.

And that's not all.

The burglar is back...

and he's a seasoned fighter.

An older stronger chipmunk

can kill a youngster.

All he can do is run for his life.

And without a store of acorns...

how will he survive the coming winter?

In the Sonoran Desert...

the young grasshopper mouse

faces his first night out alone.

There are more rattlesnakes here

than anywhere else on Earth.

The mouse's superfast reactions

have saved him.

But he still has a lot to learn

about the dangers of the desert.

For the moment,

a dry riverbed seems a safe refuge.

But tonight, a powerful force threatens.

One so rare a mouse could go

its whole life without seeing it.

When the rain arrives...

a year's worth can fall in a single night.

Small animals lose heat

faster than big ones...

and if he's not careful, his wet fur

could lead to a fatal chill.

Months of blazing sun...

have baked Arizona's earth

as hard as stone.

The water can't soak away.

Instead, it gathers momentum...

as it races downhill.

In the northern woods

winter is just a breath away.

Once the freeze sets in...

the young chipmunk won't last a week

without a store of acorns.

And the days are getting shorter.

The urgent need

to replace his stolen store...

forces him into unknown territory.

The sound is irresistible.

This is the home of a silent hunter.

A great horned owl.

Over 20 times the size of the chipmunk.

He may have escaped, but his store...

is still almost empty.

High noon in the wild west.

So hot, the last drop

of rain is long gone.

The highest temperatures

are down at mouse level...

where it can reach a blistering

140 degrees Fahrenheit.

It's a side of the desert,

a nocturnal mouse should never see.

Except for those washed up, exhausted...

and swept very far from home.

In daytime...

the desert is a real-life Jurassic Park...

where heat brings giants to life.

But this realm of reptiles

is ruled from the air.

Harris hawks.

"Eyes like a hawk"... is no empty phrase.

Their vision is thought to be

eight times as good as ours.

They're the only birds

of prey that hunt in packs.

It's hard to outwit this intelligent team.

Long feather-free legs

are ideal for extracting mice...

from those hard-to-reach places.

But even these clever hunters...

can't solve this puzzle.

The mouse has no choice

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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