‘Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story’: A Warm, Wet Delight

‘Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story’: A Warm, Wet Delight May 5, 2024

A man and an otter sit together on a rocky shoreline.

Premiering Monday, May 6, on National Geographic Channel, and available to stream on Tuesday, May 7, on Disney+ and Hulu, Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story is a nature documentary about a man and a wild otter.

But, it’s also a father/daughter story, of sorts.

From NatGeo:

When a wild otter in desperate need of help washes up on his jetty in the remote Scottish islands of Shetland, Billy, his wife Susan, and their devoted sheepdog Jade find themselves with a unique new member of their family. From National Geographic and Silverback Films, “Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story” is a heart-warming story directed by Charlie Hamilton James and shot in 4K. This documentary film shows us how love can reawaken us to the beauty of nature.

Bill Mail, a native of the Shetlands, felt the call to return home, to a cozy waterside cottage. But his life with wife Susan didn’t include children … until Molly showed up.

In caring for a lone baby otter — with help from Susan — Bill learns something about the joys and fears of fatherhood. But in the end, Molly is a wild animal, and like all little things that grow up, eventually she has to go her own way.

Take a peek:

I can’t imagine a more perfect family film than Billy & Molly. So, yes, there will actually be something new on Disney+ that is entirely suitable for the whole family.

Below find my video chat with Bill, Susan and Billy & Molly director (and frequent cameraman) Charlie Hamilton James, who became another kind of family during the months it took to film the documentary.

Image: National Geographic/Charlie Hamilton James

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About Kate O'Hare
Based in Los Angeles, Kate O'Hare is a veteran entertainment journalist, Social Media Content Manager for Family Theater Productions and a rookie screenwriter. You can read more about the author here.
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