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Arctic Tale (HD)

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Set in the vast snow kingdom at the top of the world, Arctic Tale is a real life adventure from the people who brought you March of the Penguins. Join narrator Queen Latifah as she follows two very different arctic creatures, Nanu the polar bear cub and Seela the walrus pup, through exciting and harrowing struggles for survival. Armed only with their natural instincts and mothers' guidance, these inspiring animals face countless trials and challenges in a beautiful icebound world that is rapidly melting beneath them.


Studio Paramount
SKU 205838849
UPC 097361318004
UPC 14 00097361318004
Format HD DVD
Release Date 12/4/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Adam Ravetch - Director
Adam Ravetch - Cinematographer
Beth Spiegel - Editor
Christina Robinson - Featuring
Dante Pastula - Featuring
Joby Talbot - Original Music By
Katie Bauer - Producer
Linda Woolverton, et. al. - Writer
Preston Bailey - Featuring
Queen Latifah - Narrated By
Sarah Robertson - Director
Tim Kelly - Executive Producer
Review The nature documentary Arctic Tale isn't a great film by any means and there's much to pick apart, if you're so inclined. But its no-bones-about-it message of how global climate change is challenging our furry--and blubbery--animal friends at the top of the world is critical and makes the film something everyone concerned with the environment should see. Like An Inconvenient Truth and even the animated Happy Feet, the movie's "green" leanings are certain to keep certain, uh, Grand Old naysayers away from the multiplex. But if a few right-wingers do happen to stumble in, even they would be hard pressed to ignore co-directors Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson's vivid footage of a rapidly shifting North Pole. Those increasingly fleeting ice floes are no CGI creations, folks--they're as real and as worrisome as it gets...The closing credits include a nicely diverse mix of children offering conservation tips that could, eventually, help save the animals we've just been watching. In a way, it's the most significant part of the movie, which many will likely miss as they head for the exits. Stick around--and take notes.
Reviewer Gary Goldstein
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Arctic Tale" journeys to one of the most difficult places on earth for animals to make a living, and shows it growing even more unfriendly. The documentary studies polar bears and walruses in the Arctic, as global warming raises temperatures and changes the way they have done business since time immemorial...Much of the footage is astonishing, considering that it was obtained at frigid temperatures, sometimes underwater, and usually within attacking distance of large and dangerous mammals. We follow two emblematic characters, Nanu, a newborn polar bear cub, and Seela, a newborn walrus. The infants venture out into their new world of blinding white and merciless cold, and learn to swim or climb onto solid footing, as the case may be...It is said that the landmark documentary "March of the Penguins" began life in France with a cute soundtrack on which the penguins voiced their thoughts. The magnificence of that film is explained in large part to Morgan Freeman's objective narration, which was content to describe a year in the lives of the penguins; the facts were so astonishing that no embroidery was necessary..."Arctic Tale," however, chooses the opposite approach. Queen Latifah narrates a story in which the large and fearsome beasts are personalized almost like cartoon characters. And the soundtrack reinforces that impression with song: As dozens of walruses huddle together on an ice floe, for example, we hear "We Are Family" and mighty blasts of walrus flatulence...In the end, I'm conflicted about the film. As an accessible family film, it delivers the goods. But it lives in the shadow of "March of the Penguins." Despite its sad scenes, it sentimentalizes. It attributes human emotions and motivations to its central animals. Its music instructs us how to feel. And the narration and overall approach get in the way of the visual material.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review For all the inevitable comparisons to March Of The Penguins, Arctic Tale isn't quite a nature documentary. While it appears to follow the life cycle of two individual animals, a polar-bear cub dubbed "Nanu" and a walrus calf named "Seela," from birth through maturity, both animals are composite characters, assembled to fit a fictionalized but information-packed narrative. More to the point, husband-and-wife directing team Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson, who shot much of the footage over more than a decade in the Arctic, are aiming for a playful, casual, child-friendly tone, and their scriptwriters (Disney screenwriter Linda Woolverton, doc-script veteran Mose Richards, and Futurama writer Kristin Gore) pack Queen Latifah's intrusive voiceover narration with sassy "jokes" and animal anthropomorphizations, as well as the enforced narrative...So where March Of The Penguins was stately and serious, Arctic Tale features Latifah commenting on walruses' "sweet 'staches" and talking about how they're "all up in each other's business" because "that's just how they roll." And then there's the fart montage...But the directors (who call Arctic Tale a "wildlife adventure" rather than a documentary) make the point that life is becoming less simple in the Arctic, due to global warming which lengthens the summer, eradicates the ice on which the animals live, and shrinks their territory, causing competition and starvation. This message is delivered with restraint and without politics, accusations, or exhortations--at least until the end, when a crowd of cute kids start shouting out energy-saving tips: plant trees, drive hybrids, etc. Like so much about the script, it's grating, cloying, and crashingly unsubtle, and it goes a long way toward erasing the warm feelings and reverent awe inspired by the images of a walrus cradling her newborn calf in her flippers.
Reviewer Tasha Robinson
ReviewRating 8
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Ben Lyons, E! A perfect family film.
Deborah Day, Premiere ...a playful study of Arctic life, starring a polar bear cub, its prey, and a tagalong fox...
Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly ...a respectable attempt to get kids who like cuddly animals thinking about death and destruction on a global scale.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor ...stunning shots of polar bears and walruses...If the filmmakers had just left it at that, they would have accomplished a lot.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe Awe-inspiring.
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...a film whose intent is to kindle youthful compassion for living things and inspire action to protect Earth and its creatures.
Desson Thomson, The Washington Post As charming as it is instructive.
Peter Debruge, Miami Herald ...a stunning film, full of all the astonishing, even breathtaking nature photography we've come to expect from the folks at National Geographic.
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