Oddball: The Nature of a Movie - Netflix

Before you see the feature film, Oddball starring Shane Jacobson, learn the true story about an eccentric chicken farmer who trained his mischievous dog to protect a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks and saved their seaside town.

This National Geographic Australia documentary series recounts the amazing true story of a penguin colony on a tiny Australian island saved from the brink of extinction by unlikely heroes - Italian Maremma guardian dogs.

In a world first wildlife experiment the courageous community of the town of Warrnambool, together with dedicated volunteers and environment authorities, fought against the odds to rescue the defenceless little penguins after foxes had reduced their number from several hundred to just four surviving birds.

When all hope seemed lost they adopted the idea of a local chicken farmer who was ridiculed when he suggested that Maremma dogs were the penguins' last chance against the marauding fox menace.

The five one-hour episodes recount the highs and lows of the real-life Maremma project, examine the Little Penguin species, the role of guardian animals, and the ongoing battle to save Australia's native animals from introduced pests and predators.

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2015-07-25

Oddball: The Nature of a Movie - Arrested Development (TV series) - Netflix

Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003, to February 10, 2006. The show follows the fictitious Bluth family, a formerly wealthy and habitually dysfunctional family. It is presented in a serialized format, incorporating handheld camera work and voice-over narration, as well as the use of occasional archival photos and historical footage. The show also maintains numerous running gags and catchphrases throughout each season, and the series as a whole. Ron Howard serves as both an executive producer and the series' uncredited omniscient narrator. Set in Newport Beach, California, Arrested Development was filmed primarily in Culver City and Marina del Rey. After its debut in 2003, the series received widespread critical acclaim, six Primetime Emmy Awards, and one Golden Globe Award, and has attracted a cult following, including several fan-based websites. In 2007, Time listed the show among its “All-TIME 100 TV Shows”; in 2008, it was ranked 16th on Entertainment Weekly's “New TV Classics” list. In 2011, IGN named Arrested Development the “funniest show of all time”. Its humor has been cited as a key influence on later single-camera comedy series such as 30 Rock and Community. Despite critical acclaim, Arrested Development received low ratings and viewership on Fox, which canceled the series in 2006. Rumors of an additional season and a feature film persisted until 2011, when Netflix agreed to license new episodes and distribute them exclusively on its video streaming service. These episodes were later released on May 26, 2013. Netflix also commissioned a fifth season of Arrested Development, the first half of which premiered on May 29, 2018.

Oddball: The Nature of a Movie - Production design - Netflix

Arrested Development uses several elements which were rare at the time for American live-action sitcoms. It was shot on location and in HD video (at 24 frames per second) with multiple cameras, parodying tactics often employed in documentary film and reality television, straying from the “fixed-set, studio audience, laugh track” style long dominant in comedy production. The show also makes heavy use of cutaway gags, supplementing the narrative with visual punchlines like security camera footage, Bluth family photos, website screenshots, archive films, and flashbacks. An omniscient third-person narrator (producer Ron Howard) ties together the multiple plot threads running through each episode, while humorously undercutting and commenting on the characters. Arrested Development also developed a unique self-referentiality through use of in-jokes that evolved over multiple episodes, which rewarded longtime viewership (and in turn may have discouraged new viewers and contributed to the show's ratings difficulties).

Oddball: The Nature of a Movie - References - Netflix