March of the Penguins

2004 G 1h 20m DVD

March of the Penguins

2004 G 1h 20m DVD
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Award-winning photographer Luc Jacquet takes documentary film to new heights -- and depths -- with his first feature film, a stunning insider's look at the life of emperor penguins living in one of the cruelest climates on the planet. The product of more than a year of filming on the Antarctic ice, this Oscar-winning documentary reveals never-before-captured footage of the penguins' underwater life and explores their steadfast quest for monogamy.
Romane Bohringer, Charles Berling, Jules Sitruk, Morgan Freeman
Luc Jacquet
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): DTS 5.1 Surround
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the documentary includes stunning but also occasionally disturbing imagery of penguins walking, mating, and dying. Morgan Freeman narrates as the penguins make their annual march from the Antarctic shore in Antarctica. Some penguins die along the way, and others freeze during the long winter as they huddle to protect pregnant females and then eggs and babies, and still others are killed by predators.

Sexual Content

Penguins mate.


Sea lions attack penguins; an egg cracks open, killing the unborn penguin. This documentary honestly discusses the difficulties emperor penguins face during migration periods. Some penguins are shown unable to survive the trek across Antarctica. The narration discusses how some mothers die while they're pregnant and they search for food.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Reverence for nature is abundant throughout the movie. It also teaches, through narration and filmed scenes, a deep appreciation and understanding of the cycle of life: birth, life, and death.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • 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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