A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids will learn a bit about penguins and may be inspired to learn more.
Caring parents, luck, and instincts keep young chicks alive.
Positive Role Models
The movie wants to attribute pluck and grit to the littlest chick.
Violence & Scariness
Predators frighten defenseless penguins, but no birds are hurt. A mom briefly loses her chick.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Snow Chick: A Penguin's Tale is a BBC documentary that meticulously patches together stunning footage of penguin parenting and feeding set against the frigid conditions and scarce food of Antarctica. Kate Winslet dramatically narrates a tale that spotlights penguin bonding, communal living, child-care, and the drama that may or may not be manufactured about the colony's youngest and smallest chick as he grows to maturity. A mom briefly loses her chick. The penguins survive some scary encounters with hungry predators and those may make younger kids uneasy, but they can be assured that the plucky penguins all survive. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Penguins are, it cannot be denied, just too cute for words. The photography of Snow Chick: A Penguin's Tale is stunning, as are the stark white landscapes and the blank faces of the beautiful but seemingly stoic birds. Closeups of chicks huddling under their parents' skirt-skins make it easy for the filmmakers and viewers to anthropomorphize and draw parallels to human child-rearing, whether or not the parallels actually exist. The movie, enjoyable as it is, gets a bit cute, but this well-woven edit of disparate scenes is declared a "dramatization" from the start, with narration beautifully spoken by Kate Winslet who warmly offers admiration, humor, and brio, as if she were reading us a fabulous bedtime story.
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