The surprise hit of 2005, March of the Penguins could be described as part love story, part tragic drama, part tale of survival against the odds.
It’s actually a documentary (and an Oscar-winning one at that), about the extraordinary journey emperor penguins take each year during their breeding ritual in one of the harshest places on earth, Antarctica. The penguins waddle great distances from the ocean to their breeding ground on the ice, find a mate who they remain faithful to for the year, and then attempt to breed and protect their young through blizzards and with the threat of starvation ever present.
Beautifully filmed, this is an astonishing look at the penguins’ yearly march that is moving, funny and unmissable. (Note that small children may find scenes of some of the penguins and their babies dying very upsetting.)
Is March Of The Penguins suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...
As mentioned in the review above, there are some upsetting scenes of the penguins and their babies dying.