March of the Penguins


1h 20m 2005

Brief Synopsis

Each winter, alone in the pitiless ice deserts of Antarctica, deep in the most inhospitable terrain on Earth, a truly remarkable journey takes place as it has done for millennia. Emperor penguins in their thousands abandon the deep blue security of their ocean home and clamber onto the frozen ice to

Film Details

Also Known As
Emperor's Journey, The, Marcia dell´imoeratore, Pingvinresan
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Alliance de Production CinTmatographique; National Geographic Entertainment; Pro Film Ltd. (Bulgaria); StudioCanal; Wild Bunch
Distribution Company
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENTERTAINMENT/WARNER INDEPENDENT PICTURES (WIP); Alfa Films; Camera Film; Cathay Film Organization; Cinema Mondo; DeAPlaneta; Edko Films; Filmladen Gmbh; Frenetic Films; Gaga Communications (Parent); Gulf Film, Llc; Intersonic; Lucky Red; Lumière Publishing; Mc Films (Chile); National Geographic Entertainment; Oro Film As; Paradiso Entertainment; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; Triangelfilm; United International Pictures; Village Roadshow Limited; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International; Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group; Warner Bros. Pictures International; Warner Independent Pictures
Location
Antarctica

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m

Synopsis

Each winter, alone in the pitiless ice deserts of Antarctica, deep in the most inhospitable terrain on Earth, a truly remarkable journey takes place as it has done for millennia. Emperor penguins in their thousands abandon the deep blue security of their ocean home and clamber onto the frozen ice to begin their long journey into a region so bleak, so extreme, it supports no other wildlife at this time of year. In single file, the penguins march blinded by blizzards, buffeted by gale force winds. Guided by instinct, by the otherworldly radiance of the Southern Cross, they head unerringly for their traditional breeding ground where--after a ritual courtship of intricate dances and delicate maneuvering, accompanied by a cacophony of ecstatic song--they will pair off into monogamous couples and mate. The females remain long enough only to lay a single egg. Once this is accomplished, exhausted by weeks without nourishment, they begin their return journey across the ice-field to the fish-filled seas. The male emperors are left behind to guard and hatch the precious eggs, which they cradle at all times on top of their feet. After two long months during which the males eat nothing, the eggs begin to hatch. Once they have emerged into their ghostly white new world, the chicks can not survive for long on their fathers' limited food reserves. If their mothers are late returning from the ocean with food, the newly-hatched young will die. Once the families are reunited, the roles reverse, the mothers remaining with their new young while their mates head, exhausted and starved, for the sea, and food. While the adults fish, the chicks face the ever-present threat of attack by prowling giant petrels. As the weather grows warmer and the ice floes finally begin to crack and melt, the adults will repeat their arduous journey countless times, marching many hundreds of miles over some of the most treacherous territory on Earth, until the chicks are ready to take their first faltering dive into the deep blue waters of the Antarctic.

Crew

Willy Allen

Adr Supervisor

Catherine Athon

Post-Production

Jean-christophe Barret

Post-Production Supervisor

Tom Calderaro

Original Music

Martine Cardet

Accountant

Kevin E Carpenter

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Laurent Chalet

Cinematographer

Olivier Chiavassa

Head Of Production

Rose Corrigan

Music

Arnaud Damaz

Graphic Designer

Yves Darondeau

Producer

Debbi Datz-pyle

Music Contractor

Francois De Riberolles

Submarine Photography

Pascal Dedeye

Foley Artist

Valentine Duley

Editor Assistant

Sabine Emiliani

Editor

Brice Ferre

Editor Assistant

Emilie Ferret

Special Effects Coordinator

Eric Ferret

Rerecording

Michel Fessler

Source Material

Ilann Girard

Executive Producer

Amandine Henrion

Production Team

Luc Jacquet

Source Material

Luc Jacquet

Story By

Scott A Jennings

Sound Supervisor

Gerard Lamps

Sound Mixer

Samuel Lehmer

Rerecording

Samuel Lehmer

Sound Mixer

Kali Ligertwood

Production Team

Christophe Lioud

Producer

Daniel Longuein

Production Manager

Larry Mah

Sound Recordist

Jerome Maison

Cinematographer

Jerome Maison

Assistant Director

Patrick Marchand

Submarine Photography

Catherine Marconnet

Production Team

Laura Mclean

Assistant

Joyce Menger

Special Effects

Frederic Moreau

Special Effects

Jean-rene Nebot

Other

Bruno Patin

Grader

Steve Pederson

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Emmanuel Priou

Producer

Laurent Quaglio

Sound Designer

Philippe Reinaudo

Technical Supervisor

Jordan Roberts

Screenplay (Narration)

Laetitia Roure

Post-Production Coordinator

Jeffrey Schindler

Music Conductor

Emilie Simon

Music

Alan Steinberger

Music

Alex Wurman

Music Producer

Alex Wurman

Music

Emmanuelle Zelez

Editor Assistant

Film Details

Also Known As
Emperor's Journey, The, Marcia dell´imoeratore, Pingvinresan
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Alliance de Production CinTmatographique; National Geographic Entertainment; Pro Film Ltd. (Bulgaria); StudioCanal; Wild Bunch
Distribution Company
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENTERTAINMENT/WARNER INDEPENDENT PICTURES (WIP); Alfa Films; Camera Film; Cathay Film Organization; Cinema Mondo; DeAPlaneta; Edko Films; Filmladen Gmbh; Frenetic Films; Gaga Communications (Parent); Gulf Film, Llc; Intersonic; Lucky Red; Lumière Publishing; Mc Films (Chile); National Geographic Entertainment; Oro Film As; Paradiso Entertainment; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; Triangelfilm; United International Pictures; Village Roadshow Limited; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International; Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group; Warner Bros. Pictures International; Warner Independent Pictures
Location
Antarctica

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m

Award Wins

Best Documentary Feature

2005

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2005 Eddie Award for Best Edited Documentary by the American Cinema Editors.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best International Feature at the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Released in United States Summer June 24, 2005

Released in United States on Video November 29, 2005

Released in United States 2005

Released in United States January 2005

Released in United States June 2005

Released in United States January 2006

Shown at London Film Festival (Gala Screening) October 19-November 3, 2005.

Shown at IFP/Los Angeles Film Festival (Ford Amphitheatre) June 16-26, 2005.

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (New American Cinema) January 5-16, 2006.

Warner Independent Pictures and National Geographic Features acquired distribution rights at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival for a reported sum of $1 million.

Released in United States Summer June 24, 2005

Released in United States on Video November 29, 2005

Released in United States 2005 (Shown at London Film Festival (Gala Screening) October 19-November 3, 2005.)

Released in United States January 2005 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Special Screenings) January 20-30, 2005.)

Released in United States June 2005 (Shown at IFP/Los Angeles Film Festival (Ford Amphitheatre) June 16-26, 2005.)

Released in United States January 2006 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (New American Cinema) January 5-16, 2006.)

Winner of the 2005 award for Best Documentary by the National Board of Review (NBR).