Penguins are so full of personality, they have become the stars of many family movies. Live action films capitalize on penguins' natural ability to make people laugh, while animated movies personify the little guys and even give them special abilities to sing, dance and more. These movies are penguin perfect just for entertainment, or to inspire kids to want to learn more and provide a fun break from penguin studies.
Mr. Popper's Penguins, starring Jim Carrey, is based on the famous book by by Richard & Florence Atwater. In the movie, Mr. Popper inherits a penguin from his late father, and things get a little crazy from there. The movie features both live and CG animated penguin pals. The live penguins in the movie are Gentoo Penguins. For more fun info about the movie and the penguin stars, read a few fun facts about Mr. Popper's Penguins from interviews with the cast. (Rated PG)
2. Happy Feet
In the animated movie Happy Feet, penguins sing and dance to show their love. The movie is set set deep in Antarctica, in the land of Emperor Penguins. The movie stars more penguins than you can count, and the soundtrack keeps kids' toes a tappin'. The sequel movie, Happy Feet Two, continues the musical fun with an antarctic adventure that finds the penguins up against powerful forces that threaten their existence. (Rated PG)
Presented by Warner Independent Pictures and National Geographic Feature Films, “March of the Penguins” won enough acclaim from moviegoers to become a rare breed: a documentary good enough to make it into mainstream theaters. The film was directed by French filmmaker Luc Jacquet, and his film has touched the hearts of audiences all over the world. The documentary is of course slower paced than most movies kids are used to, but it became especially popular with children and families and has great educational value. (Rated G)
4. Surf's Up
Presented in documentary style, the CG animated film Surf's Up tells the story of Cody, a penguin from a small fishing town who dreams of becoming a surfing champion like his idol, the late Big Z. Cody must overcome a few obstacles to attain his dream, of course, and a few surprises along the way threaten to throw him off track. The movie contains lots of "surfer dude" language that kids love, and the surfing penguins have a cool factor that makes them instantly popular. (Rated PG)
The mischievous, sometimes sarcastic, too-smart-for-their-tuxes penguins from the Madagascar movies were so popular among fans they spun off onto their own TV show on Nickelodeon called The Penguins of Madagascar. Several DVDs featuring episodes and specials from the show are available. The show has enjoyed huge success among kids and families due to the hilarious penguins and their silly covert operations.