The Penguin King 3D

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All credit to the makers of this nature doc for taking on the unenviable task of shooting with cumbersome 3D equipment on the harsh sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. But do we really need another doc about penguins? 2005’s ‘March of the Penguins’ covered much the same ground, only in more extensive (and moving) detail. Anthony Geffen’s film has two winning ingredients though: the reassuring tones of Sir David Attenborough, and ravishing footage of King penguins in their natural habitat. A shame, then, that the narration is too adolescent in tone and at odds with the harrowing footage of giant petrel birds picking off baby penguins. There’s little we haven’t seen before, including farting elephant seals.

Release details

Rated: U
Release date: Wednesday October 24 2012
Duration: 78 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sias Wilson
Cast: David Attenborough

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John

The film is beautifully shot and has sensitive narration by David Attenborough. It follows one single male King Penguin as he finds a mate and they experieince the ups and downs of rasing a tiny chick through to young adulthood against the beautiful backdrop of South Georgia. The story runs tha gamut of emoitons with fun and comic episodes counterbalanced with the realities of life in such a harsh environment. It's a graet family film and at the screening I went to on the 24th October it was obvious kids and parents enjoyed it equally. Is there room for another Penguin film? Yes absloutly, when done to this standard - and it looks brilliant in 3D!

John

The film is beautifully shot and has sensitive narration by David Attenborough. It follows one single male King Penguin as he finds a mate and they experieince the ups and downs of rasing a tiny chick through to young adulthood against the beautiful backdrop of South Georgia. The story runs tha gamut of emoitons with fun and comic episodes counterbalanced with the realities of life in such a harsh environment. It's a graet family film and at the screening I went to on the 24th October it was obvious kids and parents enjoyed it equally. Is there room for another Penguin film? Yes absloutly, when done to this standard - and it looks brilliant in 3D!