Tuesday, February 21, 2006

March of the Penguins Review

This is a good film. It's not too long and it is presented well. If you are not aware, it is a documentary about Emperor penguins who migrate from the sea to reproduce inland at the South Pole, and the troubles they encounter in this process. Lots of excellent photography. What is amazing to me is the success of this film. I mean, these types of films appear regularly on PBS and Animal Planet and Discovery, but this one seemed to take off for some reason. Perhaps it was Morgan "Easy Reader" Freeman's soothing narration, or the simplistic presentation style. Who knows? The DVD has a couple of other documentaries on the same subject that are more graphic and explanatory in nature. The original film kind of glosses over some details for the sake of "cuteness" and for the sake of getting on with the story. Also, the Bugs Bunny cartoon "8 Ball Bunny" which isn't available on DVD elsewhere at this time, is here. Love those ice cube teardrops!


Mark Arnold

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