A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Docu shows the fascinating behaviors of Emperor penguins during mating rituals, how parents care for their young and prepare them for survival in Antarctica. Mentions the impact global climate change is having on their marches to the sea.
We must take care of the earth and manage global warming so that the penguins will continue to survive in the future.
Positive Role Models
The penguin parents work together to raise their young.
Violence & Scariness
Some nature documentary violence; e.g., birds of prey attacking and trying to kill younger Emperor penguins.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step is the sequel to the Oscar-winning 2005 documentary. Those who loved the original will find much to love here: There's lots of stunning footage of the mating rituals and child-rearing practices of Emperor penguins. The impact that global climate change is having on the penguins' march to the sea as the sea ice continues to melt is mentioned. And while the Morgan Freeman-narrated film does deliver dire warnings that if current sea ice melting trends continue, the Emperor penguins will be extinct by the end of the 21st century, such warnings never feel heavy-handed or preachy. Be ready for some nature documentary peril/violence -- for example, birds of prey attack and try to kill younger Emperor penguins. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
More of an update and companion piece than sequel, this documentary is a welcome addition. While much of the content is reminiscent of the original Oscar-winning movie, that is by no means a bad thing. The visually stunning camerawork -- in the air, on the ice, in the water -- is once again nothing short of incredible. Morgan Freeman's narration strikes a balance between conveying the harsh and unforgiving climate of Antarctica and playfully humanizing the penguins in their unique behaviors, ensuring that the film continues to have the universal appeal that the first one had.
Of course, comparisons to the first March of the Penguins will be inevitable, and like nearly all sequels, March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step isn't better than the original. Some of the content -- the marching to the sea, for instance -- isn't much different from the first. But considering that a film like this has so much to offer at a time when the fate of Emperor penguins hangs in the balance, the filmmakers could make more sequels to this than there are Friday the 13th sequels in existence, and we'd all be better for it.
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