Narrated by David Attenborough, Penguins 3D celebrates the destiny of a very special King Penguin, who returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic. Known as Penguin City, the island is also home to hundreds of albatrosses, fur seals and brawling elephant seals—as well as six million penguins! Somehow our hero must earn his place among the island inhabitants and fulfill his destiny by finding a mate and raising a family. What follows is the story of the most challenging time in a King Penguin’s life, when he is driven to nurture and defend his offspring against harsh weather and fierce predators. The cosmic drama plays out in one of Earth’s last great wildernesses, amid steep mountain ranges and windblown plains half buried beneath snow and ice. Penguins 3D is an unforgettable tale of one King Penguin’s journey through his species’ central rite of passage.

Penguins 3D is a presentation of nWave Pictures Distribution and Serengeti Entertainment. Written and narrated by David Attenborough, the film is produced by Anthony Geffen and Sias Wilson and features cinematography by Simon Niblett and original music by James Edward Barker.

The film was entirely filmed in 3D, using state-of-the-art technologies, and on location in South Georgia Island, a British overseas territory located in the southern Atlantic Ocean.

The film is recommended for General Audiences and has been rated “U” (Universal) by the British Board of Film Classification (the British equivalent of the Motion Pictures Association of America).

Length: 22:15 and 39:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2013
  • Date Released:

    May 24, 2013

  • Alternate Titles: A Penguin's Tale ; The Bachelor King
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: Yes
  • Run Time: 20-30, 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70, DCI-compliant Digital
  • Distributor:

    nWave Pictures Distribution

  • Produced By:

    Atlantic Productions (UK) ; Serengeti Entertainment (UK) ; Galileo Digital Entertainment (US) ; SKY 3D (UK)

  • Executive Producer:
  • Producer: Anthony Geffen
  • Director: 
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  David Attenborough
  • Cinematography: Simon Niblett
  • Sound Editor: 

    Paul Williams

  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  James Edward Barker
  • Editor: Rob Hall
  • Narrator: David Attenborough
  • Other Credits: Scientific advisors: David Attenborough ; Dr. Phil Trathan (British Antarctic Survey Team) ; Jonathan Ashburner (British Antarctic Survey Team)
  • Sponsors:


  • Animals
  • Documentary
  • Nature


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