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Disneynature’s Penguins is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner, and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after!
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Funny narration makes Arctic docu particularly kid-friendly.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Penguins is Disneynature's documentary about an Adélie penguin's first year as an adult during breeding season in Antarctica. Narrated by Ed Helms and co-directed by critically acclaimed wildlife documentarian Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson, the film focuses on a different species of penguin than 2005's March of the Penguins (those were Emperors), although the larger birds still make a comedic appearance. There's slightly less natural-world peril/violence in this film than in similar documentaries, but you can still expect brief scenes of predators swiping and eating eggs and killing chicks and even grown penguins. But the scenes aren't bloody or graphic in any way, and none of the main animals come to serious harm. Audiences see mating rituals, and there are jokes about a penguin needing to find and attract a mate. With its funny narration and on-the-nose soundtrack, Penguins is obviously geared toward families with younger kids -- who will learn a lot about penguins and pick up messages of teamwork and perseverance.
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- Genre:Documentary, Family
- Release Date:April 17, 2019
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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