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Director:
Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
22 July 2005 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
In the harshest place on Earth, love finds a way
Plot:
A look at the annual journey of Emperor penguins as they march -- single file -- to their traditional breeding ground. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 21 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Beautiful film-making. A real crowd pleaser. See more (327 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Charles Berling ... Le père (voice)

Romane Bohringer ... La mère (voice)
Jules Sitruk ... Le bébé (voice)

Morgan Freeman ... Narrator (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Amitabh Bachchan ... Narrator (voice: Indian version)
Gösta Ekman ... Narrator (voice: Swedish version)
Fiorello ... Narrator (voice: Italian version)

Sofie Gråbøl ... Narrator (voice: Danish version)
Hikari Ishida ... Haha-Penguin (voice: Japanese version)
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Ko-Penguin (voice: Japanese version)
Marek Kondrat ... Narrator (voice: Polish version)
Takao Ohsawa ... Chichi-Penguin (voice: Japanese version)

Directed by
Luc Jacquet 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Luc Jacquet (scenario)

Luc Jacquet (adaptation) &
Michel Fessler (adaptation)

Jordan Roberts (narration: US edited version)

Produced by
Jean-Christophe Barret .... co-producer
Yves Darondeau .... producer
Ilann Girard .... executive producer
Christophe Lioud .... producer
Emmanuel Priou .... producer
 
Original Music by
Émilie Simon 
Alex Wurman (US version)
 
Cinematography by
Laurent Chalet 
Jérôme Maison 
 
Film Editing by
Sabine Emiliani 
 
Production Management
Jean-Christophe Barret .... post-production supervisor
Daniel Longuein .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jérôme Maison .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Willy Allen .... adr supervisor: US version
Kevin E. Carpenter .... re-recording mixer: US version (as Kevin Carpenter)
Pascal Dedeye .... foley artist
André Dias .... dubbing editor
Eric Ferret .... additional sound recordist (as Éric Ferret)
Scott A. Jennings .... supervising sound editor: US version
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Armelle Mahé .... foley recordist
Steve Pederson .... re-recording mixer: US version
Laurent Quaglio .... sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
Catherine Athon .... head of digital post-production
Odile Beraud .... scan and shoot (as Odile Béraud)
Benjamin Clément .... 2k operator
Gisèle Courcoux .... scan and shoot
Arnaud Damez .... computer designer
Fabien Eigen .... scan and shoot
Émilie Feret .... digital special effects coordinator
Thierry Flament .... computer designer
Sebastien Gombeaud-Saintonge .... Flame artist: Eclair lab
Sebastien Gombeaud-Saintonge .... computer designer
Sébastien Guyot .... scan and shoot (as Sebastien Guyot)
Luc Guénard .... calibration
Laurent Jentot .... computer designer
Christophe Keichinger .... scan and shoot
Robert Kfoury .... scan and shoot
Marc Latil .... visual artist
Benjamin Massoubre .... 2k operator
Joyce Menger .... head of digital special effects
David Montoya .... scan and shoot
Frederic Moreau .... head of digital special effects (as Frédéric Moreau)
Stéphane Praux .... 2K exploitation
Laetitia Roure .... digital grading post-production coordinator
Gérard Soirant .... scan and shoot (as Gerard Soirant)
Georges Tornero .... digital artist
Karim Touzene .... computer designer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
François de Riberolles .... submarine cinematographer
Éric Leclerc .... aerial photographer
Jérôme Maison .... still photographer
Patrick Marchand .... submarine cinematographer
 
Editorial Department
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
Valentine Duley .... assistant editor
Mickael Dumontier .... digital conformation
Brice Ferre .... assistant editor
Élodie Ichter .... digital intermediate editor
Jean-René Nébot .... digital color timer
Philippe Reinaudo .... digital intermediate technical director
Keith Shaw .... colorist: mastering
Wilson Stiner .... post-production assistant
Emmanuelle Zelez .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Tom Calderaro .... orchestrator (US version)
Rose Corrigan .... musician: bassoon (US version)
Veronique Hassid .... music legal services
Samuel Lehmer .... score mixer (as Sam Lehmer)
Samuel Lehmer .... score recording engineer (as Sam Lehmer)
Larry Mah .... score recording engineer
Laura McLean .... assistant to composer (US version)
Jeffrey Schindler .... conductor (US version) (as Jeff Schindler)
Ellen Segal .... music editor
Fred Selden .... musician: flute solos (US version) (as Fred Seldon)
Émilie Simon .... music producer
Émilie Simon .... musician
Alan Steinberger .... musician: piano (US version)
Alex Wurman .... music score producer (US version)
 
Other crew
Christophe Barbraud .... scientific advisor
Jean-François Camilleri .... local distributor
Martine Cardet .... accountant
Olivier Chiavassa .... head of production
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... contractor (US version) (as Debbi Datz Pyle)
Göran Ehlmé .... archive source (as Goran Elhme)
Matthieu Guenoux .... trainee production assistant
Amandine Henrion .... production team
Kali Ligertwood .... production team
Catherine Marconnet .... production team
Christian Palacin .... aerial shot
Bruno Patin .... film grading
Philippe Reinaudo .... technical supervisor: Cinenum
 
Thanks
Alain Boutillot .... special thanks
Patrice Godon .... special thanks
Gérard Jugie .... special thanks
Michel Munoz .... special thanks
Sophie Parrault .... special thanks
Delphine Tual .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La marche de l'empereur" - France (original title)
"The Emperor's Journey" - International (English title)
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Runtime:
USA:80 min
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Trivia:
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 »
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[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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81 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful film-making. A real crowd pleaser., 17 July 2005
Author: tjackson from Boston. MA

If you make the effort to catch March of the Penguins, you'll be predictably pleased for the simple fact that if it's penguins you want to see it's penguins you're going to get. Beaucoups de penguins. And you will learn plenty about these noble survivors of the coldest place on earth. If it's Danny DeVito or Burgess Meredith you came to see, you are quite off the mark. The Emperor Penguins of Antarctica survive and perpetuate their species in a frozen and surreal environment driven by instincts developed over centuries. They have mostly monogamous relationships and in the midst of this can recognize one another's 'voices'. These relationships help to organize survival. We get seemingly impossible and privileged views of their long marches across barren landscapes, complex rituals of protecting of fragile eggs in 160 mph winds, huddled in huge packs against the cold, males and females sharing food foraging duties, and chubby birds diving to great depths for fish. It's a remarkable system of survival. The French filmmakers shot on super 16mm film for one year (with 120 hours of images), which is a whole winter cycle for the emperor. They saw none of the images as they progressed. Nobody left until it was done and director as LUC JACQUET SAYS; "It took a year to recover. Re-entry is a long process." The result is, no doubt, some the most remarkable footage ever filmed on the subject. What they do, of course, to reel in their audience is to anthropomorphize these creatures. Like the recent "Parrots of Telegraph Hill" we see the penguins take on the attributes of 'love' and 'caring'. The baby penguins toddle along just like little people, except that they do so braving extreme minus degree temperatures. Miles of these cute birds march across landscapes like little wind up toys in a John Ford snow desert. The story is assisted by cloying music and narration, and the dulcet tones of the ubiquitous Morgan Freeman. But any criticism of the manipulative aspects of the film would be irrelevant in the face of the achievement. These are stunning images beautifully assembled to serve a remarkable story. If your going to get the paying public into a nature flick, this is the way to do it.

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