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March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet)

March of the Penguins

March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet)

One day people will look back on 2005 as the year of the Penguins.

Two major releases involving penguins “Madagascar” and “March of the Penguins” are out now both putting the bird in the lime light. I thought I would send the penguin caretakers from the Denver Zoo to watch the screening, but I never heard back from their office.

So I found a penguin lover (she has pictures on her wall and a sticker book about penguins) to watch it and then I interviewed her. Her name is Lisa.

Me: So you like penguins?

Lisa-the penguin lover: I’ve always had a little spot in my heart for the penguin. Small, chubby little birds that can’t fly but instead glide through water and slide along their bellies on land.
It was really only a matter of time before there was a movie made about these queer tuxedo wearing fouls.

Me: What happens in the movie?

Lisa: The story unfolds on what appears to be an alien planet; odd figures wobble along in the distance. What are these obscure beings doing living on such a desolate mass of land with nothing but ice, snow, wind and blinding whiteness all about? These are the mighty Emperor Penguins and they have come from their home in the sea, they have one common goal at hand: to return to the sacred breeding ground where they will fulfill their penguin destiny like the generations before and the generations to come.

Me: An ode to the penguin, heh?

Lisa: A story of life and death, triumph and failure, endurance and above all love, well temporary love anyway, penguins are only monogamous for one breeding season.

Me: Do the penguins “get it on”?

Lisa: Yes kids, there is gratuitous penguin sex!

Me: So it was educational as well as tantalizing?

Lisa: There is comedy, drama, heartache, action, penguin flashbacks and adorable babies to boot. It is amazing how one little bird can make you feel so good.

Me: Morgan Freeman does the voice over. He also did the voice over for “War of the Worlds.” Do you have any thoughts on that connection?


March of the Penguins is playing at the Mayan.



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