Just in time for Earth Day, Disneynature’s all-new feature film “Penguins” is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind “Bears” and “Chimpanzee,” Disneynature’s “Penguins” opens in theatres April 17, 2019.
Disneynature does “documentary-lite” with flair. This film, only about an hour and a quarter long, is an ideal introduction for kids who love animals, non-fiction, and learning facts about the world. Watching Steve navigate his new grown-up life is, for the most part, light-hearted and informative. Upbeat music accompanies these funny, little penguins and the personalities the narrator adds to the animals is comical and sometimes a little goofy. There are moments of tension, with orcas, leopard seals, and the harsh weather of Antarctica. Most of the tension is quickly resolved, and the film doesn’t focus on the grisly realities that Adélie penguins naturally face. (Spoiler Alert: There are a couple of moments that may upset young or very sensitive children, but it’s all okay.) We live in a remarkable world and it’s fun to see a corner of this planet that we would never otherwise see. Be sure to stay for the credits!
Celebrate Earth Day with this sweet movie! For each ticket sold to see Disneynature’s PENGUINS during opening week (April 17, 2019 –April 23, 2019) in the U.S. and Canada, Disneynature will contribute $.20 per ticket to the Wildlife Conservation Network through the Disney Conservation Fund to support penguin conservation, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $100,000.
When: Opens in theatres April 17, 2019
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