While many people think of penguins as comical birds who look like they've been decked out in tuxedos, the truth is they're among the strongest and most resilient creatures in the animal kingdom. And they have to be -- each year, the emperor penguins of Antarctica travel through the most punishing environment on Earth to their nesting grounds, and after the females lay their eggs, the males keep them warm while their mates walk 70 miles back to the sea to fatten themselves with fish for themselves and their young. Filmmaker Luc Jacquet spent over a year braving the frigid temperatures of the South Pole to film this annual ritual of the penguins, and March of the Penguins documents their brave struggle to survive, as well as the close emotional bonds between the penguin families. March of the Penguins was first screened in France as La Marche de l'Empereur, with a handful of French actors providing a voice-over in which they expressed the "thoughts" of the penguins; for the American edition, Morgan Freeman was brought in to deliver a more straightforward narration. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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I learned so much about these penguins while being entertained by their antics, the gorgeous scenery and their migration story. Don't complain about it being a documentary because it is...it's an entertaining, educational and wonderful piece of filmwork. For those reviewers who want to requet the penguins be animated, watch Mary Poppins. Many kids enjoy this movie without having cartoons. The penguins and their story are entertainment enough...I wonder about those photogaphers, brrr!!
Even my grumpy ol' husband shed a tear or two over this one! Absolutely beautiful cinematography, interesting, and sad. I wouldn't recommend this for small children only because of the realities of life and death of the penguins and their struggle to survive.