What I found most interesting is how director Luc Jacquet certainly risk his life to follow these fascinating animals on their march. To say that the massive white Antarctica landscape is stunning is truly an understatement. It is hard to imagine the filmmakers going deep into the penguins world and finding such a captivating story. It can be a vicious world, and the fact that these animals face so many dangers is a powerful tale. My biggest complaint would be the fact that they needed to use Morgan Freeman as the narrator for the US version of the film. Don’t get me wrong, he does a terrific job. But for me, listening to the filmmaker on the special features talk about the challenges seemed to work better. I would’ve loved to have heard this brave fellow do the narration, as he actually lived alongside these animals, and therefore, he seems to be much more affected. But still, Freeman does a great job, and this story is so undeniably touching, that I am not at all surprised by the success this found.
As for the second documentary on this “Special Edition of March of the Penguins”, we are offered a second documentary. On The Wings Of Penguins which focuses on the African penguins. While this is also a nice film, it is nowhere near as heartbreaking nor as interesting as the first one. This feels like a more typical nature documentary. Part of that reason could be that it spends too much time focusing on the birds and their lives in a zoo or in captivity. While it does move away from this occasionally, I can’t say that this touched me nearly as much as March. The animals are certainly just as interesting, but for some reason, this second film lacks the emotional core and feels simply like something that might be on the Discovery Channel. Although with both films included on this DVD, it might be worth checking out if you’ve never heard this potent story, and would like to see two very different stories.
Next up is the overly cute, National Geographic’s Crittercam: Emperor Penguins. Don’t get me wrong, it is still fun, but not nearly on the level of the film itself or the previous documentary. But hey… aren’t these penguins adorable?
Are you a fan of Bugs Bunny? I am, and I enjoyed this Classic Looney Tunes Cartoon “8 Ball Bunny” about a penguin that finds it’s way into Bug’s care. Any chance I can watch a Bugs Bunny cartoon, I’d probably do it. A great addition to this DVD.
Finally, we have the Theatrical Trailer and more trailers for “Happy Feet”, “The Polar Express”, “”National Geographic’s Animal Holiday” and “Duma”. And for all you lucky people that buy this, you’d also receive a cute and cuddly little stuffed penguin. Come on, what could be cooler than that?