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(2005), G [G*] (1hr 17min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 4, 2005
97 out of 100

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(2005), G [G*] -- If you like to think movies are "real world", this one is.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Bonne Pioche, Buena Vista International Film Production France, APC (co-production), Institut Paul-Emile Victor (in collaboration with), APC, Canal+ (participation), French Polar Institute (IPEV), Institut Polaire Français, Le Studio Canal+, National Geographic Films, National Geographic, Wild Bunch
Distribution (US): Warner Independent Pictures
Director(s): Luc Jacquet
Based on Story by: Luc Jacquet
Screenplay by: Based on screenplay by Luc Jacquet, Michel Fessler
Narration: Morgan Freeman
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

March of the Penguins has it all! Love! Romance! Terror! Sex! Hardship! Violence! In my opinion, March of the Penguins is pure entertainment. If you like to think movies are "real world", this one is.

Emperor penguins make their "migratory" march to their breeding grounds ... 70 miles from their ocean home. Nearly single file, thousands of penguins march to the relative safety of their birthplace to start the cycle again. They choose this remote location because as the summer and fall months come, the ice gives way to the ocean. But under the ice blanket of their breeding grounds is solid earth.

How they remember to get there is part of God's Design. While the location never changes, the path does. Storms and the ever-changing face of ice create many roadblocks, but they never fail to get to their destination.

Morgan Freeman narrates this story of the trek of the flightless Emperor Penguins to their birthplace in the dryest, harshest, windiest and coldest continent on the planet, Antarctica, where the average temperature is minus 58° Fahrenheit.

In March the polar winter begins as does the trek to the breeding grounds. Once at the breeding grounds the penguins find mates for a temporarily monogamous relationship.

In early June eggs begin to appear. It has now been weeks since any of the penguins have eaten. The mother penguins have now lost about one third of their body mass due to the 70-mile walk and to giving birth to the eggs.

Once the eggs are laid, the father takes over care of the egg while the mother, now near starvation treks back to the ocean to feed. During this time, the penguin chicks are born and the father becomes the mother, cradling the egg between his feet under a large and warm flap of flesh until long after the chick is born.

it is now about 125 days since the fathers have eaten anything. Snow provides some water, but there is nothing at all to eat. Penguins are not cannibalistic. But the same cannot be said for another bird in the area.

Hardships include winter storms of winds over 100 miles per hour and minus 80° Fahrenheit temperature. And that does not account for wind chill. Huddling as a tight-knit group the penguins form a mass that could almost merit its own zip code, always moving and exchanging places with each other so that none must spend all the time at the edges of the mass.

This film is a warehouse of information about the Emperor Penguin and the filmmakers, which includes national Geographic, must be applauded. They, too, felt the hardships of the penguins as the film was shot.

March of the Penguins earned a CAP final score of 97 which places it high in the range of scores earned by G-rated movies in the comparative baseline database. The only point losses were due to violence and animal copulation. While both are facts of real life, it is your decision to make whether you want your kids exposed to them. To what, to what extent, by whom, how and where your kids are exposed to such is up to you. Not to a filmmaker and not to the Motion Picture Association of America.

March of the Penguins includes a couple instances of death by predator. Though no gore is seen and no human is harmed or threatened, the imagery is tough to digest. It also includes death of chicks by freezing. Everybody remembers Bambi's mother getting killed, right? The same applies here.

As noted by the reaction of the audience, it was easy to feel what the mother penguin felt as scavenger bird bigger than the chicks bit into the flesh on the chicks' necks. Neither was there any gore presented but the intent was clear. And empathizing with the mother penguin was inescapable as she pined over the frozen carcass of her chick.

March of the Penguins also includes an instance of animal copulation. There is absolutely nothing lewd about it and no animal privates are seen, but it is still a sexual act that can create thinking in your adolescents.

The comment "That is sad!" was heard numerous times as I exited the theater. Feelings such as those created by heart-touching cinema such as this don't get tossed with the popcorn box. [Phil. 4:8]


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  • Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among you], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. ["Offend": skandalizo - to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
    Commentary section.

    March of the Penguins (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • death by predator attack (no gore)
  • death by freezing

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • none noted

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • animal copulation (non-sensuous)

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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