March of the Penguins
For All Ages
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In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey – a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, in freezing cold temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love.
“March of the Penguins,” narrated by Morgan Freeman, tells the story of a year in the life of the Emperor Penguins, and is an epic tale of endurance, romance, tragedy, comedy, and triumph over nearly impossible odds.
We took two preschoolers to see this National Geographic nature film about the Emperor Penguins of Antarctica and their journey each year to a mating ground seventy miles from home, the same exact place where they were born and where they have returned year after year for hundreds of generations. Though this movie was amazingly well done and appropriately rated G, it had too much of a documentary feel to capture the attention of our rambunctious preschoolers; however, the adults were mesmerized by the photography, soulful narration of Morgan Freeman, and intimate story of life and death in the Antarctic. The sacrifices that mother and father make for the life of their child is awe-inspiring, and we could learn a lot from penguins.