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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:
Luc Jacquet has done the impossible. See more (326 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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USA:80 min
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Trivia:
Morgan Freeman recorded his narration in one day.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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184 out of 210 people found the following review useful.
Luc Jacquet has done the impossible., 8 July 2005
Author: John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio

Toss that anthropomorphic expectation and embrace your inner animal because documentarian Luc Jacquet has done the impossible: March of the Penguins respects, even adores, these indomitable cuties, not because, as Morgan Freeman says in his voice-over narration, they may be just like us, but rather because they are not like us. Although we may want to see ourselves in them, we end up seeing in this incomparably intimate journey through the entire breeding cycle in Antarctica is a unique organism totally devoted to the survival of its family, brooking no selfish activity and no vacation from the harsh climate and relentless demands of nature.

This film's strength is a lack of sentimentality that allows us to focus on the strategies of survival: Thousands of penguins closely huddle with their backs to the sometimes 100 mile an hour winds; fathers and mothers equally share responsibilities such as trudging 70 miles each way to store up food for the babies; fathers protect eggs while mothers make that journey; mates separate after the season from each other and their babies forever. Their lovemaking is dignified and the essence of minimalism. These are just a few of the rituals that characterize an evolutionary process guaranteeing the survival of the species.

Jacquet occasionally courts repetition, anathema to a hyperactive audience, but if the audience gives itself over to the rhythms of penguins breeding to live, it will not be bored. Winged Migration seems strangely detached by comparison, formations mostly seen from afar. Jacquet gets up close and personal (The parents exchanging an egg to be stored under their coats is memorable) to make the audience collaborator rather than voyeur. Lamentably, the director includes no scenes of raw predator activity, just a large scavenger scooping up a baby. A documentary should allow the audience of experiencing the good and the bad.

A few years ago I hid in a trench in New Zealand to see Penguins rise out of the sea at the same time each day marching by us to their camps. I was deeply moved by their dignity and calm, punctuated with a resolve to keep their rituals intact for millennia. That unflagging constancy is devoutly to be wished in humanity.

For once, the trailer hype may be accurate: "In the harshest place on earth, love finds a way." Love of species would be more accurate. No matter, you'll love the film.

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