While this week's penguin wasn't scheduled for today, I wanted to feature it as soon as I had seen it. So, without further ado, here's the best thing to graze television screens last Christmas; Snow Chick: A Penguin's Tale.
Snow Chick is a blend of fairy tale storytelling and an amazingly shot documentary. It follows Snow Chick, the tiniest chick in a colony of Emperor penguins, as it has a daunting task to not only survive in the harshest environment on Earth, but also grow up in it. After all, whether it's the weather, skuas or the dangers its parents face during their trips to the sea, nothing can be taken for granted in Antarctica. But Snow Chick is a tough little cookie!
Snow Chick is just fantastic. The special is produced by John Downer Productions – the studio behind the magnificent Penguins: Spy in the Huddle – so the photography is simply stunning. Seriously, it's likely the best nature documentary footage I've ever seen! When you add in the fairy tale styled narration by Kate Winslet, it's simply nothing short of magical.
Only even remotely negative thing I can come up with is the home video release from Dazzler Media. It's not the quality – the BluRay is top notch – but the lack of any bonus content. Because there is none. One could of course make the argument that Penguins: Spy in the Huddle in itself could count as 'making of Snow Chick', but considering how awesome the technology used to record this footage was, even a small documentary or two would've been appreciated. But hey, you can always check out some the behind-the-scenes shenanigans via the John Downer Productions YouTube channel.
But that's just a small issue compared to how good the film itself is. Seriously, Snow Chick: A Penguin's Tale is an absolute must for all penguin fans. I mean look at it!