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March of the Penguins

G In Theaters 06/24/2005 , 80min.
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Plot & Details

While many people think of penguins as comical birds who look like they've been decked out in tuxedos, the truth is they're among the strongest and most resilient creatures in the animal kingdom. And they have to be -- each year, the emperor penguins of Antarctica travel through the most punishing environment on Earth to their nesting grounds, and after the females lay their eggs, the males keep them warm while their mates walk 70 miles back to the sea to fatten themselves with fish for themselves and their young. Filmmaker Luc Jacquet spent over a year braving the frigid temperatures of the South Pole to film this annual ritual of the penguins, and March of the Penguins documents their brave struggle to survive, as well as the close emotional bonds between the penguin families. March of the Penguins was first screened in France as La Marche de l'Empereur, with a handful of French actors providing a voice-over in which they expressed the "thoughts" of the penguins; for the American edition, Morgan Freeman was brought in to deliver a more straightforward narration.
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Run Time: 80min.
  • Theatrical Release Date: 06/24/2005
  • DVD Release Date: 11/29/2005
  • Status: In Theaters
  • Distributor(s): Warner Independent
  • Director(s): Luc Jacquet
  • Tone: Rousing,Sweeping,Wintry
  • Keywords: Antarctica, penguin
  • Country of Origin: USA - Limited (06-24-2005)
  • Language: English

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Documentary Feature Luc Jacquet Won
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Documentary Yves Darondeau Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Sabine Emiliani Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Jerome Maison Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Laurent Chalet Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Sabine Emiliani Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Jerome Maison Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Laurent Chalet Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Documentary Won

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Documentary Nominated

Las Vegas Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Las Vegas Film Critics Association Best Documentary Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 National Board of Review Best Documentary Won

Online Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Online Film Critics Association Best Documentary Nominated

Phoenix Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Phoenix Film Critics Association Best Documentary Won

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