March of the Penguins

DVD - 2005
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
March of the Penguins
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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, one by one in a single file. They will endure freezing 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. MPAA rating: G.

Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2005
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 1419818228
Branch Call Number: DVD 598.47 MARCH
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 80 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Mar 18, 2015
  • Derringer rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Hey! Don't get me wrong here. I've certainly got nothing against penguins, per se. I believe that they deserve their rightful 15-minutes-of-fame just like the rest of us.

But, all the same, this here documentary, meticulously chronicling these weird, flightless birds' annual journey as they march (or slide on their fat bellies) to their traditional breeding ground, certainly could've benefited (in my opinion) by having its noticeably over-long running time of 80 minutes seriously edited down to, say, 30 minutes.

And if March Of the Penguins' 80-minute running time wasn't a bit too much for my patience, having to endure listening to Morgan Freeman (one of Hollywood's most boring black actors, bar none) as this documentary's celebrity-narrator was, to me, the straw that broke the camel's back, or, more appropriately (in this case) the snowflake that snapped the penguin's spine, when it came to losing points for its overall entertainment value.

Yes. Set amongst the majestic scenery that's ever-present in the frozen Antarctic, this documentary was undeniably a beautiful and breathtaking sight to behold. And, why shouldn't it be? Its budget was $18 million, which clearly set its production values in the above-average range. (I kinda wonder how much Freeman was paid out of that grand sum for flapping his lips about penguins)

And, besides all of that - I found myself quite put off by the way that the penguins (who are just birds, for crying out loud) were portrayed in the sense of being "one, big, happy family". I found that far too much emphasis was placed on using the behaviour of these wild animals as something of an example that could be closely linked to that of human behaviour.

Thank goodness that the English version of this documentary wasn't ruined further as the French version was. Can you actually believe that in the French version they had the gall to give the poor penguins speaking voices and had them uttering ridiculous dialogue? I suppose this nonsense was meant to add an extra level of cuteness to the whole ordeal of these creatures mating and becoming nice, politically-correct mommy & daddy penguins.

Anyways - I certainly have nothing against anybody liking this documentary in a big way. It certainly did have its share of interesting, insightful and educational moments. But, to be honest, I've learnt almost as much about the habits of penguins by watching vintage "Chilly Willy" cartoons with my 2 rambunctious nephews.

P.S. - It's actually kind of comical to watch March Of The Penguins in fast-forward mode (just for a change of pace).

Aug 25, 2014
  • SurreySemiahmoo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Story of Survival

Apr 24, 2014
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a 85-minute documentary about the life of emperor penguins as they march to their traditional breeding ground
through the most desolate terrain on Earth.
The emperor penguin is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species and is endemic to Antarctica.
As the species has no fixed nest sites that individuals can use to locate their own partner or chick,
the emperor penguin must rely on vocal calls alone for identification.
It uses a complex set of calls that are critical to individual recognition between parents, offspring, and mates,
displaying the widest variation in individual calls of all penguins.
Chicks use a frequency-modulated whistle to beg for food and to contact parents.
Their ancient ritual of survival is amazing, breath-taking and spellbinding.
Included in the DVD is a 53-minute featurette about the making of the documentary,
in which you see the camera crew working under the harsh condition---sometimes 60 degree below freezing point under blizzard.
It is a fascinating and thought-provoking documentary.

Apr 10, 2014
  • zipread rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The March of the Penguins --- DVD, narration by Morgan Freeman. This film tells a tale of great beauty and vulnerability; of tenderness and loyalty; of perseverance and love. The film itself is a work of great beauty and insight. Welcome to the world of the Emperor penguin, a bird that cannot fly but swims like an fish; that cannot walk but must waddle; and cannot run but must sled like a toboggan. Hey must survive winters of terrible cold and dark an d great wind; they must fast for months before they can take their next meal; they must evade seals and birds hungry to make them their next meal. Like aliens marching to be taking to their leader, they trek from the Antarctic coast to the interior of the ice continent where they make their nesting grounds. This isn’t entirely a “feel-good” mother nature story: bad things happen. Eggs break; chicks die; penguins get eaten. Oh, to have seen this on the big screen. Oh, to have had the film more judiciously edited: younger viewers (or myself for that matter) may find this film exceeds their attention span. P.S. Isn't it amazing how much we behave like penguins?

Feb 16, 2014

Kind of boring? I think not! I found it fascinating, and I'm having trouble making myself not watch it a second time. Sure am glad that I'm not a penguin! The bonus feature was just as riveting. A great look at a part of the world that I can pretty much guarantee I will never see for myself. Couch exploring is much more my style!
(I don't think the anthropomorphism was subtle at all, it was blatant, and I thought it was beautiful.)

Apr 09, 2013
  • melek rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The comments on the sleeve say it all, this is a MUST SEE documentary, especially if you have children. So sweet and so special.
I said suitable for all ages, but adults should pay attention while the children are entrhralled. We humans should be as "human" as penguins! (and other wildlife as well, I might add.)

Jan 14, 2013
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Amazing footage and an even more amazing commitment on the part of the filmakers to work and live in Antarctica the better part of a year to accomplish it. And, sure, it doesn't hurt to have Morgan Freeman as a narrator, either.

Oct 02, 2011
  • stse88 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Surprisingly engaging for a documentary on penguins. Worth watching. You may need a blanket. Those arctic scenes felt cold.

Jul 21, 2011
  • real_thing rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

this documentary shows how weak the human race is

Jun 03, 2011
  • royalprincess99 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Kind of boring documentary. Too much subtle anthropomorphism in this movie.

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Oct 12, 2007
  • Joel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Emperor penguins amazing life!

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Aug 25, 2014
  • SurreySemiahmoo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In the harshest place on Earth, love finds a way

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