MPAA Rating: G
Age range: Ages 5 and up
Runtime: Approx. 84 minutes
Starring: Queen Latifah as narrator
Studio: Paramount Vantage
Directors: Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson
Release Date: August 17, 2007
Arctic Tale Movie Trailer
Arctic Tale - Synopsis
What is life like in the coldest place on earth? Queen Latifah narrates as cameras take viewers to the wondrous white world of the Arctic. The tale follows the adventures of Nanu, a polar bear cub, and Seela, a Walrus cub, as they struggle to survive in a changing world.
The film, more than 5 years in the making, captures moments both tender and terrifying in the lives of Nanu and Seela, and also allows a glimpse at many other fascinating animals that inhabit the icy Arctic world. While these animals behave within a natural hierarchy of predator and prey, they all have one problem in common - the changing conditions of the world as they know it. Warmer temperatures effect life of every form, and all the Arctic creatures are being forced to adapt as they meet challenges their parents were unable to prepare them for.
Arctic Tale - A Touching Story and a Call to Action
From the movie trailers and other publicity, most people can probably guess that this film has a strong environmental message. The climate changes in the Arctic are effecting the lives of all the inhabitants, and it is likely that these changes will eventually effect our own lives as well. Whether or not humans are the cause of or can have any impact on these global conditions remains controversial. The film, at least at the end, comes down decidedly on the side of those who argue that humans can have an impact, and that we should all be doing something about it.
If you are taking children to this film, be prepared for the closing credits, when they will hear other children offering green suggestions such as, "If your mom and dad buy a hybrid car, it'll be easier for polar bears to get around." True, it's over the top, and it is likely not true. However, I don't think it would harm anyone to try and live a little greener, and I am happy to have my children considering their own actions and how they will impact others and the environment. Actually, the messages have turned out to be quite useful to me - "Close the fridge, you are making it harder for the polar bears to get around!"