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March of the Penguins (2005)

La marche de l'empereur (original title)
In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director:

Luc Jacquet

Writers:

Luc Jacquet (scenario), Luc Jacquet (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Charles Berling ... Le père (voice)
Romane Bohringer ... La mère (voice)
Jules Sitruk ... Le bébé (voice)
Morgan Freeman ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Narrator (voice)
Jose Coronado ... Emperor Father (voice)
Sky du Mont ... Narrator (voice)
Gösta Ekman ... Narrator (voice)
Fiorello Fiorello ... Narrator (voice)
Sofie Gråbøl ... Narrator (voice)
Hikari Ishida Hikari Ishida ... Haha-Penguin (voice)
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Ko-Penguin (voice)
Adrian Killian Adrian Killian ... Penguin Baby (voice)
Marek Kondrat ... Narrator (voice)
Andrea Kathrin Loewig Andrea Kathrin Loewig ... Penguin Mother (voice)
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Storyline

At the end of each Antarctic summer, the emperor penguins of the South Pole journey to their traditional breeding grounds in a fascinating mating ritual that is captured in this documentary by intrepid filmmaker Luc Jacquet. The journey across frozen tundra proves to be the simplest part of the ritual, as after the egg is hatched, the female must delicately transfer it to the male and make her way back to the distant sea to nourish herself and bring back food to her newborn chick. Written by Jwelch5742

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In the harshest place on Earth, love finds a way


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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

22 December 2005 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

March of the Penguins See more »

Filming Locations:

Terre Adélie, Antarctica

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,383,709 (France), 28 January 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$137,492, 26 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$77,437,223

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,392,693
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It was noted that, by the time of the 2006 Academy Awards, this Best Documentary winner had out-grossed all 5 Best Picture nominees ($77 million vs. $75 million for Brokeback Mountain (2005)). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: [narrating voice over] There are few places hard to get to in this world. But there aren't any where it's harder to live.
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Crazy Credits

As the closing credits roll, footage is shown of the photographers dragging their equipment across the ice, setting up their cameras, and shooting film as the penguins walk around them. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original French version features dialog for the penguins and a pop music soundtrack. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in March of the Fenguins (2006) See more »

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The Emperor's mating waltz in Antarctica
29 June 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

"The March of the Penguins" has to be one of the most beautiful documentaries in recent memory. Luc Jacquet, its director, takes us on trip to Antarctica where we are introduced to the majestic Emperor penguins. Mr. Jacquet and his cinematographers, Laurent Chalet and Jerome Maison, have done the impossible task to capture these penguins in their own habitat under conditions that seem almost humanly impossible to live, let alone take this team to register it for us, the viewers in all its splendor and bleakness.

The Emperor penguins have to be the most elegant birds on this planet. They have such a noble way of standing and shuffling in almost perfect lines from the sea to the area where they will mate, hatch their eggs, and then have the females leave for the sea to feed themselves and bring back food for the new chicks. After that is accomplished, it's the males turn to do their march back to the sea to feed and fortify themselves, returning to the hatching and mating area. What makes these penguins so unique is the sense of family they project at all times.

Mr. Jacquet makes it clear for us to understand the behavior of the Emperors in their hostile environment. The English version has the clear narration by Morgan Freeman who expands on the way these birds live and how they are able to survive under extreme conditions. From what I have read about the documentary, the English version, which we are seeing in this country, has a musical score by Alex Wurman, that enhances the movie in unexpected ways.

Antarctica, that icy white vastness at the end of the world, has never looked more majestic than in this documentary. Thanks to Luc Jacquet we are enlightened by all what we learn about the Emperors as they endure and survive under the worst possible circumstances and remain the graceful figures they are. Watching "The March of the Penguins" feels, at times, like being at the ballet watching a magical dance performed by these flightless birds that manage to look so dignified all the time while doing for us their amazing dance of survival.


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