The movie itself was meh. I was expecting a lot more for being a theatrical release. The scenery shots didn't grab me like I had hoped. I have seen hi-definition examples of nature scenery at electronics stores, and this paled in comparison. If this movie had come out maybe 20 years ago when all we had was PBS, it would have been spectacular. With the advent of cable, however, we can now see this sort of movie on TLC, the Discovery Channel, or Animal Planet. It was nice. It was interesting. The sex scene was muted to the point of being penguin romance, not penguin pr0n. The violent death scene of a chick was cut so that you just had to assume it became dinner for a gull. Mom's death at the jaws of a seal was also not gory. Yes yes. I know it was essentially a kids' movie.
I guess my biggest complaint was that even though there were a few shots of long lines of penguins, it never really conveyed the sense of place. The blizzards didn't look cold enough. The terrain didn't look bleak enough. "Fargo" did a great job of depicting North Dakota in Winter. "Lawrence of Arabia" made the desert vast and hot. This film didn't make the Antarctic cold enough for me despite being told it was 80 below.
So, despite the movie being very "furry" in that it anthropomorphisised the life of the emperor penguin, I would have preferred to have waited for it to come out on DVD. On the other paw, I didn't mind supporting a film like this because hopefully Hollywood will put out more educational movies like this instead of more films like "The Dukes of Hazard."