Disneynature’s newest film, “Penguins,” is a “coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family.”
In order to capture the beautiful footage used in “Penguins,” Disneynature assembled a team of the best polar experts in the world. They traveled to four different locations over the course of 3 years, gathering footage from over 900 days. The conditions were frigid, with temperatures dropping below -40° F and winds topping out at over 150 mph on occasion. But their efforts were not in vain, as they were able to capture the extraordinary story of Steve, who promises to capture the hearts of moviegoers around the globe. “It’s so fun to watch Steve compete with all the other penguins to set up his nest and win his mate,” said Roy Conli, one of the producers of “Penguins,” “It’s hard not to relate to this guy.”
“Antarctica is one of the few areas in the world that most people will never have an opportunity to see firsthand,” said Conli. “It’s one of the most remote and harshest environments on Earth—but its stark beauty is breathtaking. Cultivating an understanding and appreciation of the area, the surrounding oceans and the animals who live there is essential to the future of our planet. That’s one of the reasons I love sharing the story of Steve—a penguin who’s working so hard to thrive in this world, and doing his part for the next generation.”
Disneynature is partnering with the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) to contribute towards penguin conservation and protection. “Disneynature has an amazing platform,” said Charles Knowles, president and co-founder of WCN. “They’re able to reach a global audience in a way that we can hardly fathom. They are uniquely positioned to tell the real story of penguins and the challenges they face. By teaming up with Disneynature—which is so strongly aligned with our own mission—we are able to uniquely communicate about the species we care so much about.” To learn more about how WCN is saving wildlife and the work of their conservation partners, visit wildnet.org.
Disneynature’s “Penguins” opens in theaters nationwide and select IMAX® theatres starting Wednesday, April 17, 2019. It will be the first-ever Disneynature film to be released in IMAX®. For every ticket sold during opening week (April 17-23, 2019), Disneynature will make a donation to the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) to help protect penguins across the southern hemisphere.
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