March of the Penguins (La Marche de l'empereur) is a 2005 Nature Documentary about the yearly journey of Emperor Penguins in Antarctica to mate and raise their chicks. It was originally dubbed in French but is better known for the English version narrated by Morgan Freeman, which won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Directed by Luc Jacquet. Compare Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World, another Antarctic documentary made the very next year. A sequel, March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step (L'Empereur) was made in 2017 and released on Hulu in 2018.
Tropes of the Penguins:
- Creator Cameo: The photographers are seen dragging their cameras along the ice during the closing credits.
- Determinator: The penguins themselves, as well as the filmmakers, who had to endure the intense Antarctic cold for a year to make the movie in the first place.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: The original French release had dubbed voices providing "dialogue" for the penguins.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: You can't have a movie titled March of the Penguins without them, after all.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Not all of the penguins are able to finish the journey; some chicks are frozen to death, others are implied to be skua chow and one adult gets eaten by a leopard seal.