March of the Penguins

Theatrical Release: July 22, 2005
DVD Release: November 29, 2005
March of the Penguins
Dove "Family-Approved"
For All Ages

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March of the Penguins

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.

Synopsis

“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.

Dove Review

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.

Content Description

Sex: While the actual act is not shown, it is obvious by the music playing in the background that two penguins are going to consummate their relationship.
Language: None
Violence: A mother penguin is attacked and carried off to be eaten by a sea lion and Morgan Freeman narrates the consequences (her baby will die, too) and then some of the penguins, babies and adults, are shown freezing to death. There is quite a long scene of a mother penguin trying to rouse her frozen baby to life and when she can't she tries to steal the child of another, only to be held down by other females as she wails in mourning. It's quite graphic and sad.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None

Info

Reviewer: Sarah Strong
Source: Theater
Company: Warner Independent Pictures
Writer: Luc Jacquet
Director: Luc Jacquet
Producer: National Geographic Films
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 105 min.
Industry Rating: G
Starring: Morgan Freeman - Narrator