A Heartwarming, Hilarious & Stunning Adventure
Disneynature celebrates Earth Day with the release of its most charming documentary to date. Penguins is an endearing, informative and extremely entertaining look at waterfowl flying without love. The film follows an Adélie penguin, adorable name of Steve, through a season of life in the icy Antarctic. Penguins is incredibly funny with an astonishing cinematography. It is intended for children, but does not coat the dangers and violence of life in the wild. A clever narrative structure, a dreadful soundtrack and hijinks of penguins are a winning combination.
We meet Steve for the first time through the ice. He is about to join the Adélie penguin colony, but he is far behind. Steve stumbles, falls and makes some slips on his stomach as he tries to catch up. Along the way, he gets distracted by much larger emperor penguins, but soon realizes that he is in the wrong place. When he finally reaches the massive rally, Steve strives to find a place to build his nest. All the good places are taken.
Steve's efforts to find rocks for his nest are hilarious. The other penguins do not mind flying a rock from another nest. It is at this moment that Penguins shows the real difficulties of colony life. Steve finds a mate, starts a family, and begins the arduous task of caring for hungry chicks. It's a hundred miles round trip to fish for food. The chicks must stay warm during a cold and brutal winter. They must also be protected from sneaky predatory birds that attempt to seize them for the nest. Then there are the ugly Leopard seals that unexpectedly hit cracks in the ice. It's a dangerous world for Steve, but he's more than capable of protecting and providing for his family.
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Penguins The greatest achievement is to give the right tone. The film never gets bored with scientific details or becomes too preachy about climate change. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson focus on penguin stars. The plot is a simple exploration of their life cycle. Steve finds a companion, has chicks and provides them for a season in Antarctica. The humor is well timed by screenwriter David Fowler. Steve and the other penguins are naturally funny in their interactions and with the environment. Fowler offers a tip for every trip, fight and regurgitation of digested fish. Combined with the impeccable service of Ed Helms, laughter is always present.
Music plays a determining role in the value of entertainment Penguins . The soundtrack includes everything from Twisted Sister to The Isley Brothers. There is a striking melody that accompanies Steve's adventures. Composer Harry Gregson-Williams also does a great job with his mesmerizing score. You are in an overload of kindness while all the elements are together. Penguins get high marks for shaping the overall experience. The children of my theater have been captivated in the foreground.
Disneynature hits a home run with his thirteenth feature film. It is useful to have penguins as a subject, but you have to give accessories on delivery. The film is a visual feast loaded with humor and knowledge. I loved Penguins and highly recommend it to all ages. It's the perfect nature doc for the youngest kids. They will be entertained and will learn valuable lessons about wildlife conservation.
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