Arctic Tale

MPAA Rating: G

Entertainment: +3

Content: +3

Made by National Geographic Films, the producers of March of the Penguins. Narrated by Queen Latifah. The film features music from Cat Stevens, Ben Harper, Aimee Mann, and The Shins.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A tale of love, family, friendship and loyalty, and a tribute to everyday miracles, Arctic Tale has to do with Seela the walrus and Nanu the polar bear, on their journey from birth to adolescence to maturity and parenthood in the frozen Arctic wilderness. Once a perpetual winter wonderland of snow and ice, the walrus and the polar bear are losing their beautiful icebound world as it melts from underneath them.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Like March of the Penguins, it has humor and drama and a bottom line message that stresses the importance of life. Unlike March, this film stresses what many consider to be a clear and present danger, the heating up of our planet.

Global warming has become a political football, mostly embraced by tree huggers and Al Gore. Well, Global Warming is the films theme and the producers agenda is to emphasize that if this phenomenon does not changed by 2040, our planet will be an altogether different looking place. Is this film just a political tool to aid in securing a democratic presidency? Is it fueled by disinformation? Is this change in weather conditions a normal cycle or is man responsible for the change in temperature? Is there really a change in temperature? Unlike most who write about the subject, I confess to not be an authority. There are, however, two sides to this debate, and depending on your leaning, you can find a speaker whose viewpoint seems right. But not here. Right or wrong, Arctic Tale states matter-of-factly that Global Warming is a reality. And its never too early to get the message across to kids that, Were doomed.

Arctic Tale is rated G and though it depicts harsh life-and-death struggles, it does so in a family-friendly way. Its full of impressive, almost unworldly locations and amazing cinematography, and it sends a powerful message concerning the importance of life. Indeed, nature is telling us about the sanctity of life. In a time when audiences are subjected to pro messages concerning euthanasia (Million Dollar Baby, The Sea Inside), the need for abortion (Vera Drake), and desensitizing images of violence toward our fellow man (most films), here is a movie that reveals creatures in the wild sacrificing all in order to preserve life. A great outdoor film for the entire family.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Paramount Vantage

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: We see animals attacking others in order to kill and eat. But the producers are always aware of their youngest viewers and use discretion when presenting these facts of life. We see the death of a young polar bear due to starvation. A walrus sacrifices herself in order to protect a pup from an attacking foe. Blood: Very little.

Sex: Implied, but not shown in any graphic detail.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 96 minutes
Intended Audience: Family

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