March of the Penguins

March of the Penguins
March of the Penguins
  • G
  • 1h 20m
  • 2005
Certified Fresh94%
Common Sense Media Iconage 6+
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This breathtakingly beautiful documentary chronicles the heroic and harrowing journey that emperor penguins make amid subfreezing temperatures and violent snowstorms at the South Pole in order to mate. It's a scientific enigma that these flightless aquatic birds leave, at summer's end, the watery element that is most favorable for their survival to travel hundreds of miles to engage in their annual mating ritual on treacherous Antarctic ice floes. With a determination that rivals that of the animals he documents so impressively, biologist and filmmaker Luc Jacquet spent more than a year documenting the emperor penguins' epic struggle not just to reproduce, but also to survive the March Of The Penguins.
© 2005 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. © 2005 Bonne Pioche Productions / Alliance De Production Cinematographique

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh94%
Critics Consensus: Only the most hardened soul won't be moved by this heartwarming doc.
Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones

Some of the eggs and chicks freeze, and the parents' cries are painful to hear (probably more for...

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Damon Smith

Birth, death, romance, danger: All play a role in Jacquet's homage to a remarkably endearing creat...

November 10, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Stunning, loving documentary; some intense peril.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that March of the Penguins is an unforgettable nature documentary that includes stunning but also occasionally disturbing imagery of penguins walking, mating, and dying. Morgan Freeman narrates as the penguins make their annual trek from the Antarctic shore in Antarctica. Some penguins die along the way, and others freeze during the long winter as they huddle to protect pregnant females and then eggs and babies, and still others are killed by predators.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Documentary
  • Release Date:June 24, 2005
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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