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There are a lot of documentaries about penguins. I will certainly not mention them here, as often new ones are made.
But recently a few special films are released, which I will consider at length in the other subpages: The first one is "March of the penguins", by Luc Jacquet, and secondly "Happy Feet", a beautyful and funny animation by Warner Bros.

Furthermore on this page I will mention some films in which (real) penguins feature as stars or where a scene with penguins appears. The list isn't complete at all and tips for it are welcome.
  1. "Kongress der Pinguine": an impressive Swiss film from 1993. It tells the story of emperor penguins which are concerned about the influence of humans on Antarctica, climate change and global warming. The catching music as well as the spectacular pictures of Antarctica make the film very touching.
    More information can be found in the InternetMovieDatabase (IMDb)
  2. "City slickers": A beautiful film from 2002, made by the South African wildlife filmmaker Trevor de Kock. It tells the story of a couple african penguins in Boulders Beach near Cape town.
    It's a Pelican Pictures & Off The Fence Production for Animal Planet/Discovery.
    The video can directly be ordered at SANCCOB, but is also available on DVD.
  3. "Mary Poppins": this Oscar-winning film from 1964 featuring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dijke, is a lovely comedy for young and old. The film combines "real" actors with animated cartoon characters.
    More information can be found in the InternetMovieDatabase (IMDb)
    See the scène with cartoon penguins on YouTube
  4. There are several penguin animated characters, like computer or clayish made and puppets:
    1. Chilly Willy: created by Walter Lantz, and one of the characters of the Woody Woodpecker family. Later on (1953 and following years) several cartoons were made with Chilly Willy as the leading star.
      On the homepage of a fan of this character you can see almost all those cartoons.
    2. "Pim, de pinguïn" and part 2 "De avontuurlijke reis van Pim, de pinguïn": beautiful Japanese anime films, translated in Dutch by Peter Joosten.
      Original Japanese title: "Chiisana Penguin Lolo no Bouken", in English "Scamper the penguin" and in German "Bauzi, der Pinguin"
      More information can be found on IMDb
    3. "Peculiar penguins": a Disney classic from 1934.
      More information: IMDb. You can watch the cartoon on YouTube.
    4. "Feathers McGraw": the criminal penguin from the "The Wrong Trousers" in the "Wallace and Gromit" stories.
    5. "Pablo": the Disney penguin who didn't like cold. He appears in the first part of "The three caballeros"
    6. "Surf's up": animation film from 2007 by Sony Pictures with surfing penguins.
      Official website: Surf's up
    7. Ook "Pingu", this Swiss clay figurine is known by everybody.
      Pingu wiki: Pingu
    8. "The pebble and the penguin": animation film from 1995 by MGM, also known as "Hubi, der Pinguin" (GE) or "De kleine pinguïn"(Dutch).
      More information can be found in the IMDb
    9. "Madagascar": comic animation film from 2005, with penguins as supporting characters.
      More information: IMDb and the official homepage
  5. There are also some films with "real, living" penguins as performers:
    1. "My favorite blonde": a film from 1942 with Bob Hope. Especially the scène with the roller-skating penguin Percy is famous.
    2. "Mr. Forbush and the penguins": film from 1971 with John Hurt, where an English biologist travels to an adélie penguin colony on Antarctica.
      More information can be found in the InternetMovieDatabase (IMDb)
    3. "Zoogeflüster - Komm mir nicht ins Gehege!" or also "Pinguin über Bord": German film from September 2008 with Sandy, the female african penguin from Allwetterzoo Münster in Germany as Pinguin Schulze in a leading part.
      More information can be found in the InternetMovieDatabase (IMDb)
    4. "Good luck, Chuck": a romantic comedy from 2007 with Jessica Alba as penguin keeper in the zoo. Film is only for adults and got a lot of negative critics.
      More information can be found in the InternetMovieDatabase (IMDb).
    5. "Mr. Poppers penguins": a comedy from 2011 with Jim Carrey. The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel.
      More information can be found in the InternetMovieDatabase (IMDb) and Mr. Popper's penguins.
  6. "Otto, der Katastrofenfilm": German ludicrous funny film with Otto Waalkes and a computer made penguin.
    More information can be found in the InternetMovieDatabase (IMDb)
  7. "Batman" and "Batman returns"
  8. At YouTube you find a lot of movies with penguins.

March of the penguins

This film is also known under the title "The emperor's journey" or the original, French title "La Marche de l'Empereur". It is a story about emperor penguins, directed by Luc Jacquet, and released in 2005.
Studio: Warner Independent Pictures
Title: "March of the penguins"
Director: Luc Jacquet
Screenwriter: Luc Jacquet, Michel Fessler
Starring: Morgan Freeman (narrator)
Genre: Documentary for the whole family
Plot Summary: In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey - a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, in freezing cold temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love.

Official, English website by Warner Bros:
March of the penguins

It is a marvellous love tribute to emperor penguins and Antarctica.
I really recommend it to all animal lovers, especially penguinlovers !

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Happy Feet

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Title: "Happy Feet"
Director: George Miller
Starring: Famous actors like Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman, Elijah Wood, and Hugh Jackman, among others, give voice and life to this movie.
Genre: Animated film
MPAA Rating: G

Official English website by Warner Bros: Happy Feet

Official English website of the sequel: Happy Feet 2

The Oscar winning, very funny film "Happy feet" with penguins came out on DVD on March 27th 2007.
Warner Bros calls this animated movie "a comedy adventure" set deep in Antarctica.
Is a must-see and must-have family film, filled not only with hilarious characters and exciting song and dance numbers, but important environmental lessons to which kids will respond. Happy Feet has something that every member of the family will enjoy.

Story:
Set deep in the heart of Antarctica, in a land ruled by singing emperor penguins, Happy Feet follows the adventures of tap dancing Mumble and his struggle to carry a tune. Cast out of the community for his strange dancing ways and alone for the first time in his life, Mumble sets out in search of his "heart song", which will ultimately lead him to his true love.
Along his journey, Mumble meets the Adelies who immediately embrace his cool moves. Together with his new friends, Mumble encounters some epic adventures and soon finds that being true to himself can make all the difference in the world.




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