March of the Penguins

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Cautions: some old-earth comments, and some intensity

March of the Penguins, narrated by Morgan Freeman, is a clear, expertly filmed, at times somewhat off-center nature documentary, following a colony of penguins through one generational cycle in the vicious antarctic plains.  As a nature documentary, it is well-paced, engaging, educational, with enough cute penguin chicks to attract the animal lovers, and enough predators to scare them off again, while perhaps attracting a different contingent of viewers.

2005 | Luc Jacquet | 80 min Watch Trailer

Some Old-Earth Comments
There is one reference to “millions of years.”  There is also a three-sentence long claim made about antarctica having been tropical before the (next claim) continental drift.

Some Intensity
Vicious leopard seals are shown catching penguins, and predatory birds are shown going after and killing penguin chicks.  These segments may be intense for young children, or for the more emotionally sensitive.

Penguins and penguin chicks are, non-sensationally, shown dead or dying.  Unhatched eggs are shown frozen solid.

The narrator remarks that the penguins are “not that different from us, really,” although this, being followed by a short, semi-humorous shared list of behaviors and activities, is probably intended merely to engage the viewers’ sympathy with the penguins as characters, and not as a statement of equality among the species.

There is a stray reference to luck.

The male/female penguin relationship is called an “affair” a couple of times, although this is probably not meant inappropriately.

The casual statement is made that most love stories begin with “an act of utter foolishness.”

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