7.5/10
54,426
340 user 170 critic

March of the Penguins (2005)

La marche de l'empereur (original title)
In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director:

Luc Jacquet

Writers:

Luc Jacquet (scenario), Luc Jacquet (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young penguin, driven by his instinct, embarks on his first major trip to an unknown destination.

Director: Luc Jacquet
Stars: Lambert Wilson, Thomas Acda, Morgan Freeman
Happy Feet (2006)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!

Directors: George Miller, Warren Coleman, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.

Directors: Steve Box, Nick Park
Stars: Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes
Hugo (2011)
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 1931 Paris, an orphan living in the walls of a train station gets wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee
Rango (2011)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.

Director: Gore Verbinski
Stars: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant
Arctic Tale (2007)
Documentary | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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.

Directors: Adam Ravetch, Sarah Robertson
Stars: Queen Latifah, Katrina Agate, Zain Ali
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther Bagheera and free-spirited bear Baloo.

Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley
Documentary | Biography | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.

Directors: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman
Stars: Kochi, Avijit Halder, Shanti Das
Brave (2012)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson
Babe (1995)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

Director: Chris Noonan
Stars: James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh
Documentary | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Fifty years ago there were close to half-a-million lions in Africa. Today there are around 20,000. To make matters worse, lions, unlike elephants, which are far more numerous, have ... See full summary »

Director: Dereck Joubert
Stars: Jeremy Irons
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Charles Berling ... Le père (voice)
Romane Bohringer ... La mère (voice)
Jules Sitruk ... Le bébé (voice)
Morgan Freeman ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Narrator (voice)
Jose Coronado ... Emperor Father (voice)
Sky du Mont ... Narrator (voice)
Gösta Ekman ... Narrator (voice)
Fiorello Fiorello ... Narrator (voice)
Sofie Gråbøl ... Narrator (voice)
Hikari Ishida Hikari Ishida ... Haha-Penguin (voice)
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Ko-Penguin (voice)
Adrian Killian Adrian Killian ... Penguin Baby (voice)
Marek Kondrat ... Narrator (voice)
Andrea Kathrin Loewig Andrea Kathrin Loewig ... Penguin Mother (voice)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In the harshest place on Earth, love finds a way


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

22 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

March of the Penguins See more »

Filming Locations:

Terre Adélie, Antarctica

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$137,492, 26 June 2005

Gross USA:

$77,437,223

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,392,693
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

It was noted that, by the time of the 2006 Academy Awards, this Best Documentary winner had out-grossed all 5 Best Picture nominees ($77 million vs. $75 million for Brokeback Mountain (2005)). 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.
See more »

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 »

Alternate Versions

The original French version features dialog for the penguins and a pop music soundtrack. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Beautiful film-making. A real crowd pleaser.
17 July 2005 | by tjacksonSee all my reviews

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.


82 of 97 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 340 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed