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Movie Review: March of the Penguins

Alternate Title: Baby it's Cold Outside

Story: The incredible journey of the Emperor Penguins across Antarctica to breed and raise their young is the essence of French documentarian Luc Jacquet's fascinating film. Equally incredible is the filmmaking crew who spent thirteen months in this inhospitable climate making this wonderful film.

Penguins are great parents and both male and female do their equally hard jobs raising and caring for the young chicks. You will be amazed at some of the photography which at times seems abstract.

The landscape of Antarctica is unlike anywhere else on this planet.

My one complaint was the narration (the voice of Morgan Freeman). The director injected the dreaded use of anthropomorphism (attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena) into the script and that gave me a few eye rolling moments. There was no need to inject our human emotion into the penguins lives. But aside from that, it was great!

Predilection: I love penguins and am booked for a trip to Antarctica in December.

Critters: Needless to say there were penguins and some predators like leopard seals and birds

Food: Fish

Soundtrack: Appropriate, but at times sappy.

Opening Titles: Simple type over the stunning landscape. Stay for the credits to see some of the filmmakers and their equipment.

Drift Factor: I only drifted thinking about hoe cold I was in the theater and should have brought a sweater.

Predictability Level: high

Oscar Worthy: Yes

Nit Picking: Too cold for nits to live.

Big Screen or Rental: Big screen for sure. You could rent Winged Migration and see Deep Blue which is still in some theaters.

Length: 90 minutes