Arctic Tale

Overview

March of the Penguins producers National Geographic Films team with An Inconvenient Truth producers Paramount Vantage to take viewers on an epic journey into the arctic wilderness in a documentary that explores what happens when the beautiful frozen world occupied by two majestic creatures gradually begins to melt away. Seela is a mother walrus thriving in the chilly waters of the Great North, and Nanu is a polar bear with curved claws that make it easy to maintain her footing on ice. As director Sarah Robertson ...
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Overview

March of the Penguins producers National Geographic Films team with An Inconvenient Truth producers Paramount Vantage to take viewers on an epic journey into the arctic wilderness in a documentary that explores what happens when the beautiful frozen world occupied by two majestic creatures gradually begins to melt away. Seela is a mother walrus thriving in the chilly waters of the Great North, and Nanu is a polar bear with curved claws that make it easy to maintain her footing on ice. As director Sarah Robertson follows these two remarkable creatures from birth through adolescence, maturity, and, ultimately, parenthood, viewers will bear witness to the cycle of life as it unfolds in a vast frozen landscape that could pose problems for all of humankind if it continues to thaw at the current rate.
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Special Features

Making of Arctic Tale; "Are We There Yet? World Adventure: Polar Bear Spotting"
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
A film with a global conscience as impressive as its commitment to capturing rare footage, Arctic Tale is nonetheless too kiddie-oriented to cross over to the adult audiences that made March of the Penguins a hit. Perhaps because its environmental message is not explicit until the closing credits -- which feature a multi-racial spectrum of children offering tips for green living -- Arctic Tale unfolds as just a story of cute animals frolicking and surviving in their harsh conditions. And since their slips and falls are accompanied by pop songs like "We Are Family," Arctic Tale lacks both the seriousness and sophistication of March of the Penguins. Furthermore, its cinematography pales in comparison to the natural majesty documented there. The film is better appreciated from a distance, when viewers can contemplate the notion that directors Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson spent 15 years shooting it. Only through that extraordinary persistence could they record this array of dramatic skirmishes and tender moments. The feat is not quite as amazing as the script would suggest -- the two "protagonists," a walrus named Seela and a polar bear named Nanu, are a composite of animals, rather than single creatures tracked through their lives. But this doesn't detract from the accomplishments of Robertson and Ravetch, shown precariously perched on ice floes with all their equipment during the closing credits. Queen Latifah's narration is supposed to contain just enough sass to seem unconventional, but it's too straightforward and precious, reinforcing the film's appropriateness for wee tots. Instilling environmental awareness in young children is an admirable goal, and they brought out the big guns, with Kristin Gore Al's daughter credited as a writer. Unfortunately, children old enough to actually absorb this message may rather switch over to the latest fantasy epic than endure Arctic Tale's 85 minutes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2007
  • UPC: 097363471325
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 87,123

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Queen Latifah Voice Only
Technical Credits
Adam Ravetch Director, Cinematographer
Sarah Robertson Director
Kattie Evans Co-producer
Kristin Gore Screenwriter
Tim Kelly Executive Producer
Adam Leipzig Producer
John Bard Manulis Executive Producer
Kevin McCarey Executive Producer
Chris Miller Co-producer
Frankie Pine Musical Direction/Supervision
Mose Richards Screenwriter
Michael Rosenfeld Executive Producer
Keenan Smart Producer
Beth Spiegel Editor
Joby Talbot Score Composer
Richard Taylor Sound/Sound Designer
Linda Woolverton Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Arctic Tale
1. Scene 1 [:02]
2. Scene 2 [:31]
3. Scene 3 [5:39]
4. Scene 4 [2:36]
5. Scene 5 [2:55]
6. Scene 6 [5:21]
7. Scene 7 [:41]
8. Scene 8 [6:04]
9. Scene 9 [1:43]
10. Scene 10 [2:39]
11. Scene 11 [5:55]
12. Scene 12 [1:03]
13. Scene 13 [6:38]
14. Scene 14 [:47]
15. Scene 15 [6:07]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Arctic Tale
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English 5.1 Surround
         English 2.0 Surround
         Français
         Español
      Subtitle Options
         English
         Español
         Français
         None
   Special Features
      Making of Arctic Tale
      "Are We There Yet? World Adventure: Polar Bear Spotting"
      Theatrical Trailer
      Previews
   Scene Selection
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