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Arctic Tale (2007)

Queen Latifah , Katrina Agate , Adam Ravetch , Sarah Robertson  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Queen Latifah, Katrina Agate, Zain Ali, Preston Bailey, Kwesi Boakye
  • Directors: Adam Ravetch, Sarah Robertson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount / Sunset Home Visual
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WZAE0O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,942 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Arctic Tale" on IMDb

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  • Are We There Yet? World Adventure: Bear Spotting

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This heartbreaking documentary puts a face on the sad statistics of global warming--and though it's not a human face, it's the perhaps even more effective face of an adorable polar bear cub, Nanu, along with her mother, her brother, and her natural enemy, the equally heart-melting Seela the walrus. With breathtaking footage of life on the arctic tundra, the directors spin a highly emotional tale of the melting ice caps and the effect of their disappearance on every species in the ecosystem. Since the film is essentially aimed at children, the cuteness factor is off the charts, aided by the slightly grating use of sound effects, a slangy voiceover by Queen Latifah, and a kid-friendly pop/folk soundtrack. And, as in a National Geographic special, viewers learn some interesting and neutral facts about polar bears, walruses, narwhals, foxes, and other northern creatures. The narrative, however, returns repeatedly to the grim conditions that are killing off our planet's wildlife, one family at a time. The directors take pains to create a hopeful ending, with a sweet pair of life-goes-on epilogues and a closing credit sequence featuring conservation tips, but the message of the film is sobering and hits its mark with kids and adults alike.

The frozen Arctic is home to polar bears and walruses, two very different types of animals whose struggle to survive against the elements is only being made more difficult by a changing climate. Directors Adam Ravetech and Sarah Robertson filmed walruses and polar bears in the Arctic for 15 years in order to create this amazing story about the lives of Nanu the baby polar bear and a newborn walrus dubbed Seelah. Striking footage from land and sea is combined with effective narration by Queen Latifa and pop music by Joby Talbot to chronicle these creatures' lives from the babies' first days of existence, through two years of training in hunting and fighting by their respective mothers and the changes in the icy world that are necessitating new adaptations by these animals, and a contemplation of the chances of both species' continued survival. Like March of the Penguins, the footage of the animals of the Arctic and the formation and breaking up of the ice is exquisite, but perhaps even more striking is the clear evidence of climate change in the delayed formation of the ice in the autumn and its progressively earlier thawing and breaking up each spring. The polar bears' and walruses' resilience and instinctual ability to adapt and change in the face of the negative effects of global warming in order to survive is stressed, and viewers are left pondering why man cannot similarly adapt and change his ways in order to positively affect the world. Bonus features include an interesting "making of" featurette with Adam Ravetech and Sarah Robertson that describes their travels, trials, and enormous gratitude for the assistance of the Intuit people and a fun Are We There Yet? World Adventure: Polar Bear Spotting mini-adventure for kids in which Molly and Sam go looking for polar bears in a tundra buggy. (Ages 5 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrifically Tender, but Slightly Tainted 'Tale' December 5, 2007
(3 1/2 *'s) `An Arctic Tale' is not exactly woven as neatly as `March of the Penguins'. Playful and at times cutesy-pie like the walrus pups and polar bear cubs presented, narrator Queen Latifah gives a comic edge to what might have been just another polar survivor adventure. Personification is a key component to the charm of her presentation, but this gets extended into the ending, which fails to stay with the story and becomes a springboard to a soapbox lecture at the end.

As with any National Geographic special, some of the cinematography ("principal" [their spelling] cinematographer, Adam Raveld) is awesome. Without a widescreen TV, I was thoroughly satisfied. The story is the tender and terrific rendition of one mother polar bear and her cub, Nanu, and one mother walrus and her pup, Selah. We see the lifecycle go from each of their births and follow their community adventures until each is old enough to become a mother herself.

As a G-rated venue, meant to enlighten and entertain, I think discerning information is needed for its potential audience. Just as the ice splits into two during an arctic summer solstice, the movie can have that kind of "polarizing" [sorry!] effect. Walking on thin ice, I'll try to be as fair as possible, nonetheless. Seeing the arctic creatures fend for themselves as their domain is melting more than previously, I knew one could discern an environmental message in layers just below the surface.

At the end we get children pleading for the audience to amend their lives to help save the characters in the movie. Now, I am split with a verdict of the ending. Part of me, having grown up in the seventies, likes the idea of conserving and sharing resources.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
This is not a global warming film! It doesn't need to be. It is obvious what is happening. The Arctic is disappearing and a polar bear named Nanu and his childhood friend Seela the walrus are now coping with the fact that their world is disappearing. This National Geographic Film covers an eight year period in which Nanu and Seela grow up, play, love and struggle against the elements of changing nature. At times the film seems like a documentary, and at other times like a wild life adventure. The film is narrated by Queen Latifah (her rendering simply did not work for me at all...I wanted Morgan Freeman!). The story is very manipulative and definitely goes for the heartstrings of younger children. It is informative and sometimes enchanting, but as an adult I did feel a little bit used by this film. All in all, a one time view will suffice for adults. Children will like this one better.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arctic Tale Review January 20, 2008
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Bought this to watch with my granddaughters and while it is a bit lengthy for the under 6 crowd, they stayed interested and enjoyed it. For adults, the photography is superb and it is also informative. Latifah does a grand job. I recommend it for everyone with grandchildren for fun and educational viewing together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding quality August 3, 2012
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Having spent a year on St. Lawrence Island hunting walrus 50 years ago the pictures of the Walrus bring back a lot of memories. The quality of the filming is fantastic. I use the blue-ray DVD to show off the quality of my new big screen HD TV.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Artic Tale October 13, 2011
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Bought the movie just because it had a beautiful cover.
Glad I did. It is a wonderful family film.
The story of globel warming and the some of the animals that its effecting. Beautifully doneto say the least. Very touching story , very true to life.
There are some moments where wild life can be over powering for the young. As with many real nature shows.
This movie is a have to own if your an animal lover.
Very heart warming and at points very sad.
If you like this also checkout Knut and his Friends.
You won't be let down by either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An entertaining and educational family film that makes you wonder what further environmental changes will come to the Arctic and how it will affect animals years from now.

"ARCTIC TALE" is a film by filmmaking couple Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson which have been shooting footage of the Wild for over 15-years and trying to videotape and watch animals and mammals and observe their behavior and relationships in the Arctic. So, what better but to focus on two significant beings in the Arctic, the polar bears and the walruses, dramatizing the footage and putting a story to show people the effects of the environment on these two animals. The film is narrated by hip hop artist and actress Queen Latifah.

The film starts off with a female adult polar bear who gives birth to a baby girl which is named Nanu and her twin brother. Nanu is like her mother. Feisty and wanting to take charge, while her brother is the total opposite. Having been living in their little home in the ice for several months, it's time for the mother and babies to get some food. So, it's going to be a learning lesson for both polar bear twins as they learn from their mother on how to find their food and survive the Arctic.

Living alongside the polar bears are the walruses and for this storyline, the film focuses on a young walrus pup named Seela and her auntie. With walruses, their parents hold them while they are fed but in no time, she will learn how to get food in the Arctic but first she must learn how to survive the currents and the ice but also to be careful of the polar bears.

As the film showcases the survival challenges that these two young animals must face. You start to learn that these two are facing a different environment than their ancestors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great for teaching!
Published 9 days ago by tduncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
O:) thank you
Published 9 days ago by April
5.0 out of 5 stars The Arctic Tale (Blu-ray) arrived on time and in good condition....
The Arctic Tale (Blu-ray) arrived on time and in good condition. Nothing to complain about. The Arctic Tale's scenery and its story is just outstanding. I recommend it highly.
Published 3 months ago by Rita Malsch
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Awesome Awesome
I bought this for my 5yr old that loves animals. I sat and watched it with her and absolutely loved it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rikki Wagoner
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Fit For My Class
This video documentary was beautifully photographed, and was a good fit for my class' study of the Arctic and Antarctic.
Published 6 months ago by DCALLS
5.0 out of 5 stars Not usavle
This is in a format that no one I KNOW can utilize. It would have been nice if that had even made clear- and it's too late to reorder ; the unit that I taught is long... Read more
Published 7 months ago by cathyed
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Video
Bought the video as a companion to the book I bought locally. Shipped quickly, received in great shape and the recipient enjoyed the video.
Published 9 months ago by Penny S
4.0 out of 5 stars Polar Bears Are So Cute
I watched this with my granddaughters and we learned a lot about the polar bear. While polar bears are cute, my granddaughters learned that there are several layers to actually... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ms. T
5.0 out of 5 stars great product
this product was brand new and looks great still had factory plastic it never skipped while watching overall great value
Published 12 months ago by Nathan W Flint
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful tale
I recommend this movie and the extra material. It was filmed for many many years and a tale was later done with some of the film. In blu ray it looks great. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Roberto Perez
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