OF THE PENGUINS follows the mating rituals of the emperor penguin, one of
the most resilient animals on earth. Each summer, the penguins pop up onto
the ice and begin their mingle and chatter until they find the perfect mate-
a monogamous match that will last a year, through the brutal winter and
into the spring. During that time, the mother will birth an egg and then
leave for the ocean to feed again. The father will stay to protect the egg
through the freezing blizzards and pure darkness of winter which would be
deadly to practically any other species! Finally, with spring, the egg hatches
and the baby penguins are born. Mothers return from the sea to reunite with
their families and feed the starving newborns, while the fathers are finally
relieved of their protective duties after months without food. A miraculously
story of love and survival, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS is an eye-opening and
Without a doubt, March of the Penguins is the runaway documentary hit of
2005. Touted as the potential Best Documentary winner at the upcoming Academy
Awards, March of the Penguins is a remarkable labour from love of Luc Jacquet
and his team. The documentary charts the progress of emperor penguins in
the Antarctica and their progress in their mating ritual.
It is easy
to fall in love with the emperor penguins despite being a far cry from the
killer ones found in Madagascar. The documentary follows a group of emperor
penguins who migrate in order to reproduce in the dead of winter. During
the course of this journey, we will be treated to an embarrassment of facts
like male penguins go four months without food while they nurture the egg.
When the eggs eventually hatch, the baby penguins are so lovable that you’ll
want to reach for your screen and just hug them.
efforts in making March of the Penguins are truly bold and they must be
applauded for spending a vast amount of time in Antarctica trying to capture
the emperor penguins on film. To put it simply, March of the Penguins is
truly an eye-opener beyond the likes of shows on National Geographic or
Animal Planet. It also surpasses any CGI-laden film made this year. This
is a remarkable film of undying love and the survival of a race.
If you felt the 85 minute run time of the film is not enough, be prepared
to watch an additional two discs, both of which run at an alarming near
two hour per disc. Though it would take a lot of time to watch the whole
three-disc set, the end result is a truly magical one.
the staple of trailers and a TV spot, there is a behind-the-scenes look
by means of interview with the director, Luc Jacquet, the etchnical supervisor,
Jacquet’s assistant and the South Pole Research Centre, which served
as a base and guide for the production team.
bonus of the set is most definitely the two bonus documentaries entitled
Rush Hour in Antarctica and Of Penguin and Man.
Rush Hour in Antarctica is a documentary about the changing seasons in the
Antarctica and how a penguin and weddell seals survive the change. While
the penguin engages in a pilgrimage, the female seals come onto land to
give birth. While the penguins segment appears similar to what can be found
in March of the Penguins, the tale of the seals is a totally different one.
and Man entails the preparation stages of the March of the Penguins team
in reaching Antarctica and spending their time there for a year just to
capture the journey of the emperor penguins. If any, this documentary is
proof the emperor penguins were very real and the team took painful courage
to film the animals. We will also be treated to sights like how upclose
the team managed to get to the penguins.
On the overall,
this is testament that the filmmakers whichever accolade that have been
and will be heaped upon them.
DVD comes in French DTS/ Dolby Digital 5.1 and Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1.
All the better to hear the chilly winds.
most of the film, the colours are mainly grey and white. Nonetheless, it
is nary a dull atmosphere as the penguins breathe a life of their own on
screen. Through this, the bitter coldness of winter is brilliantly captured
too. The end result is a marriage of ice and warmth that has never been
done for the longest time.
(A film that exposes the bitterness of the cold and marries it with the
warmth of love!)
Review by Mohamad Shaifulbahri