A decade ago, Disneynature created “March of the Penguins,” a documentary that followed the life of everyone’s favorite flightless bird: the Emperor Penguin. With help from Hulu, they have produced a follow up to the original documentary, showing the next generation of this species and tackling environmental issues like global warming.
“March of the Penguins 2: the Next Step” documents the life of a colony of Emperor Penguins from infancy to adulthood. Whether learning to fish for krill or migrating to the opposite end of Antarctica, the documentary was entertaining thanks to narrator Morgan Freeman’s humorous commentary.
Throughout the documentary, Freeman addresses the obstacles Emperor Penguins face and their devastating consequences such as rising sea levels and the warming of the sea, resulting in the shrinking of the Antarctic ice shelf. “The March of the Penguins 2: the Next Step” shows that global warming and climate change adversely affect Emperor Penguins by reducing their food supply, and altering their path to the ocean, which may ultimately may cause their extinction.
Compared to its predecessor, “March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step” is mediocre and lacks originality because it doesn’t differentiate much from the original documentary. Instead of following the same storyline, the film should have either focused on a specific aspect or divided the series into the three stages of life: infancy, adolescence, and adulthood.
However, the images and videos that the producers were able to capture were phenomenal and made the viewer feel as if they were in Antarctica. Unfortunately by the end it became monotonous like most documentaries.
Although all the chicks may not survive, by five months they’re independent and able to fend for themselves and march on their own. Watching these Emperor Penguin chicks provided viewers with an unparalleled uplifting feeling.
James Cook // Co-Sports Editor