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March of the Penguins (2005)

La marche de l'empereur (original title)
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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.



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Credited cast:
Le père (voice)
La mère (voice)
Le bébé (voice)
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Narrator (voice)
Gösta Ekman ...
Narrator (voice)
Fiorello ...
Narrator (voice)
Narrator (voice)
Hikari Ishida ...
Haha-Penguin (voice)
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ...
Ko-Penguin (voice)
Narrator (voice)
Takao Ohsawa ...
Chichi-Penguin (voice)


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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Release Date:

22 July 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

March of the Penguins  »

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$77,413,017 (USA) (25 November 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the 2005 Houston Art Car Weekend - a 1981 Datsun 210 station wagon was created using the film's theme as a promotional/marketing tool - the art car theme was titled "Ant-CAR-tica - The March of the Penguins". This art car was used as a promotion for the film's release in the Houston, TX area. After the film's release, the art car sculpture was dismantled. See more »


[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 »

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28 June 2005 | by (Studio City, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

If this comes to your town, do yourself a favor and see it on the big screen. I never realized how difficult life is for these amazing creatures. The fact that they continue to exist at all is something of a miracle. The movie doesn't anthropomorphize the penguins and yet there are times when the audience I attended with identified with them almost on a human level. The audience I saw it with giggled and said "Awww" many times with varying degrees of audibility. There are even some times when the audience fell dead silent in quiet reflection such as when, for one or two penguins, the long march was in vain.

Also, bring the family to this one! I saw it with my mother, sister, and grandfather and we all came out talking about our favorite parts and how amazing penguins are. My mom said she liked Winged Migration more, but I actually liked this one more.

P.S. I noticed in the credits that there were digital effects artists who worked on March of the Penguins. I'm not sure what digital effects were done. If anyone has any information on this, please send me a private message.

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