Antarctica: A Year on Ice

2014 PG 1h 31m Blu-ray / DVD

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

2014 PG 1h 31m Blu-ray / DVD
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Spending long stretches in Antarctica for more than a decade, documentarian Anthony Powell uses his camera to capture the extremes of human and animal existence, as well as the polar landscape's icy beauty.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
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age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Antarctica: A Year on Ice is a documentary about workers at research stations who spend the winter months keeping things operational. It doesn't discuss exactly what the facilities do, focusing instead on regular workers, administrators, maintenance people, clerks, etc., and their physical and emotional experiences in a very remote place. Ultimately the movie celebrates teamwork and people from all different cultures coming together and cooperating. There's mention of urine and human waste, and dead and lost animals are shown; the humans aren't allowed to interfere with nature in any way, which includes helping the animals (seeing animals suffer without intervention may be upsetting for sensitive viewers). Language is limited to one use of "hell." A couple falls in love and marries; they kiss. Some brief comical drinking is shown. Though this life is challenging, the movie makes it look incredibly rewarding.

Sexual Content

A couple gets married on the base and kisses during the ceremony.


Dead, injured, and lost animals (seals) are shown; heartbreakingly, the researchers aren't allowed to interfere with the environment in any way, which prevents them from helping. Woman is buzzed by a bird. "T3" syndrome causes people to become agitated; one man says he "wanted to stab someone with a fork."


A use of "hell." References to vomit, urine, and other human waste.

Social Behavior

All different countries and cultures come together at the research stations. Participants work together to achieve common goals; they seem to transcend any typical prejudice, jealousy, or greed. Brief reference to climate change and melting ice.


Disney World is mentioned.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Brief background drinking. Some brief comical drinking shown in "home movies."

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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