WATCH: New Buddy Wildlife Documentary Premieres On PITB!

It’s here!

The long-awaited documentary feature: “Buddy: Perfect Predator” has arrived on PITB.

Join Sir David Cattenborough and his intrepid crew of wildlife videographers as they follow the elusive Buddinese tiger through the dense undergrowth and dangerous terrain of its natural habitat in suburban New York.

Watch never-before-seen footage of the silver-furred Buddy stalking his prey, lounging, sleeping and eating, and follow a tense encounter between the Buddy and a red laser dot.

“I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve done here, and I believe our audience will be thrilled to learn more about this little-known creature, who shares so many qualities with tigers, lions, jaguars and leopards,” Cattenborough said.

“We fell in love with the silver-furred Buddy as we kept our cameras trained on him, and we think our audiences will find him just as charming as we did,” the British naturalist said. “He’s such a good boy!”

(Please ensure your sound is enabled or wear headphones to hear the narration and the atmospheric sounds.)

About this video:

This story was made possible with the use of artificial intelligence tools. To create the images of Sir David Attenborough with Buddy, we used a natural language processing AI trained to output realistic-looking images and Pixlr to refine the images in post. To create the narration, we assembled samples of Attenborough speaking and trained a vocal synthesis AI, based on brand new technology, to mimic Attenborough’s unique pronunciation, cadence and rhythm, then layered the audio with a background of various nature sounds and incidental sounds, such as a tiger roaring.

Just a year ago it would not have been possible to generate images like this or faithfully recreate Attenborough’s famous narrative style, proving AI not only allows users to achieve things that were previously impossible, but has been making major leaps forward in short periods of time.

We believe AI, when properly used, can be a great instrument in the creative toolbox.

Finally, a thank you to Buddy for being a good sport about having cameras in his face. Great job, Bud!

Cattenborough and Buddy
Sir David Cattenborough with Buddy the Cat.

16 thoughts on “WATCH: New Buddy Wildlife Documentary Premieres On PITB!”

  1. This is, without a doubt, Sir David’s finest work. Tracking down this elusive and rare species in its natural habitat is astounding. Naturally, Bella is sure that the “crew” and “technicians” have a small part to play, but it’s clearly all about his Buddiness. Magnificent work, and it made my day!

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    1. The silver-furred Buddy was very gracious in allowing Sir David and the camera crew to enter his territory as temporary guests. Perhaps they’ll go in search of the prolific hunter, the black-furred Bella, for their next doc.

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  2. Thanks for this insightful documentary! I really enjoyed a glimpse into the life of the Silver-Furred Buddy.
    Sir David Cattenborough – I mean Attenborough – would probably like a copy of the video!

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  3. 🀣🀣🀣🀣Snack every two hours!? I better get my behind moving and get some more for my little, i mean big, tiger. My cat is NOT watching this video. He will get ideas.

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    1. I think it’s like any other tool in that it depends on the intentions of the user. The people baiting Chat GPT to say inappropriate things, for example, are just trying to get attention. It’s a more sophisticated version of when kids used to get a Speak N Spell to say bad words.

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      1. I agree, it is a tool in the hands of the user, outcome dependent on their intentions. Speak and Spell? Nothing like that existed when I was young. I remember when hand held calculators came out.

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  4. Thank you, Buddy, for allowing me to watch your antics. I laughed my head off. Also very glad you were able to find your way through “the undergrowth of the living room “. Good job!

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    1. Very rough terrain here, with the mountainous couch region, the coffee table which provides cover for ambushes, and The Tower of Scratching, an ancient totem honoring the cat deities.

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  5. Mee-yow wow Big Buddy an Buddy THE way youss’ used AI is wunderfull.
    Sir Mistur David sounded so reel an what a GRATE documentary! THE fotoss looked so reel two.
    Thanx fore such a fun an kewl blog BB Man an B Cat!!
    ~~~head rubss~~~BellaDharma~~~ an 2 thummss up BellaSita Mum

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    1. I’ve been using natural language algorithms for images for a few months now (it’s the way I generate those absurd images for the more recent Cat On The Street posts featuring cats wearing suits and sunglasses, and posing on thrones) but the vocal mimicry algorithm is new and has some incredible capabilities.

      I tried to train it on Morgan Freeman’s voice and didn’t quite get it right. I probably needed more samples. But it’s amazing and can be a great tool for comedy.

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