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Arctic Tale -- Two narratives -- the life cycle of a mother walrus and her calf, and the life of a polar bear and her cubs -- are used to illustrate the harsh realities of existence in the Arctic.
Arctic Tale -- Two narratives -- the life cycle of a mother walrus and her calf, and the life of a polar bear and her cubs -- are used to illustrate the harsh realities of existence in the Arctic.

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Writers (WGA):
Linda Woolverton (narration) and
Mose Richards (narration) ...
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Release Date:
17 August 2007 (USA) See more »
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From the people who brought you March of the Penguins See more »
Plot:
Two narratives -- the life cycle of a mother walrus and her calf, and the life of a polar bear and her cubs -- are used to illustrate the harsh realities of existence in the Arctic. | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Queen Latifah ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Katrina Agate ... Kid in End Credits
Zain Ali ... Kid in End Credits

Preston Bailey ... Kid in End Credits

Kwesi Boakye ... Kid in End Credits

Michael Huang ... Kid in End Credits

Sierra Marcoux ... Kid in End Credits
Dante Pastula ... Kid in End Credits
Peyton Pearson ... Kid in End Credits
Isabella Peschardt ... Kid in End Credits

Christina Robinson ... Kid in End Credits

Lili Sepe ... Kid in End Credits
Ke'ala Valencia ... Kid in End Credits
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Directed by
Adam Ravetch 
Sarah Robertson 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Linda Woolverton (narration) and
Mose Richards (narration) and
Kristin Gore (narration)

Produced by
Katie Bauer .... associate producer
Kattie Evans .... co-producer
Tim Kelly .... executive producer
Adam Leipzig .... producer
John Bard Manulis .... executive producer
Kevin McCarey .... executive producer
Chris Miller .... co-producer
Chris Miller .... post-production producer: Visionbox Media Group
Michael Rosenfeld .... executive producer
Keenan Smart .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joby Talbot 
 
Cinematography by
Adam Ravetch 
 
Film Editing by
Beth Spiegel 
 
Production Management
Marc Ambrose .... production manager
Marc Ambrose .... production supervisor
Bill Newcomb .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Steve Kinsey .... sound mix technician
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Stuart Martin .... sound effects editor
Todd Murakami .... sound designer
Richard Taylor .... supervising sound editor
Mark Wyllie .... recording & mixing engineer
 
Visual Effects by
Mandy Arnold .... digital effects artist
Donnie Creighton .... digital intermediate producer
Ryan Helsley .... digital intermediate producer
Vincent Lavares .... data manager: Laser Pacific
Michael Morreale .... executive producer: Amalgamated Pixels
Phillip Palousek .... visual effects coordinator
Matt Sell .... digital artist
Mai Suzuki .... digital restoration artist
Rainy Venne .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Patrick Campbell .... assistant camera
David Canestro .... key grip
Ken Corben .... camera operator
William Long .... camera operator
John 'Fest' Sandau .... gaffer: additional photography
 
Animation Department
Gary Hebert .... title animator
 
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Mia Goldman .... editorial consultant
Thomas Halasz .... assistant editor
Ryan Helsley .... digital intermediate producer
Frank McGrath .... assistant editor
Carrie Oliver .... digital editor
Mike Sowa .... digital intermediate color timer
Eric Stran .... assistant editor
Cory Taylor .... second editor
Pauline von Moos .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Christopher Austin .... conductor
Christopher Austin .... orchestrator
Tom Calderaro .... orchestrator
M.B. Gordy .... musician: Percussion
Ralph Sall .... executive music producer
Ralph Sall .... soundtrack album producer
Jim Schultz .... additional music editor
Artem Vassiliev .... orchestrator
Alice Wood .... music editor
Mark Wyllie .... recording & mixing engineer
Gina Zimmitti .... orchestra contractor
 
Other crew
Dean Galanis .... production assistant
Pamela B. Green .... main title producer
Heather Holty .... digital laboratory project manager
Jesse Kobayashi .... digital laboratory project manager
Jill Léger .... senior research consultant
Jarik Van Sluijs .... creative director: main titles
Randy Weiss .... production executive: Visionbox Media Group
 
Thanks
Frank Marshall .... thanks
Colin Robertson .... special thanks
 

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USA:90 min | USA:96 min | Argentina:96 min
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Arctic Tale, 8 September 2007
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

In 2005, March of the Penguins brought us to the Antarctica, and introduced the life cycle of the emperor penguins to the mass audience. And Happy Feet was quick on its erm feet to seize the initiative and make an animated feature on our non-flying friends. Now, we journey to the opposite pole to visit Polar Bears and Walruses, but somehow, the former proved to be a logical choice for promotional posters. Having the worlds #1 brand use them in their advertisements, and as I recall one cheeky ad involving a bear shaving excess fur, you would have thought that this would make another documentary worth sitting through.

But Arctic Tale is not March of the Penguins. Narrated by Queen Latifah, it relied on similar themes and tactics in its narrative though, featuring the circle of life, and cute offsprings that you just want to cuddle (before they become big and aggressive enough to tear you apart), but apart from those, it's a totally different ball-game altogether. For starters, the focus on Walruses allowed some kind of parallels to be drawn with the Polar Bears, with the common starting point for both species, the threats that they both face in terms of survival, and how intertwined their lives are actually, because one is prey to the hunter.

It's amazing how the footage seen in the documentary were captured. As the end credits rolled, you do see stills on how up close and personal the filmmakers get to the action. But what amazed me more is how a story can be weaved from the footage shot, without being too contrived or artificial about it, despite relying on composite characters created. What I liked too is the observation on the animal species themselves. While the Polar Bears are more independent and don't hunt in packs, the actions of the Walruses, while they live as a community, do not demonstrate that they'll behave likewise when faced with a predator. Their all "man" for himself attitude do seem quite selfish, especially when a reliance on strength in numbers will probably help. But that's the way the circle of life rolls.

While it played out rather straightforwardly, what I thought was a missed opportunity was the very superficial glean on probably an important message these days - climate change, for the worse. With the rising temperatures, the polar caps are melting and shrinking, posing a direct challenge to the animals' habitat and a threat to their survival. The white, snow covered land mass they are living on, are slowly disappearing, and living off a grassland covered rock, doesn't seem to cut it, at least, not for the Polar Bears. Arctic Tale presents the effect of this change, but doesn't address the climate concerns.

Perhaps that's best left as a topic in itself. As far as Arctic Tale is concerned, it has presented and preserved, the way of life of the Polar Bears and Walruses. While not as compelling a story as March of the Penguins, it does serve its purpose, but nothing more. If compared, this one rates a notch lower.

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