An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, the documentary adventure To The Arctic tells the ultimate tale of survival.  Narrated by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, the film takes audiences on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.

Captivating, adventurous and intimate footage brings moviegoers up close and personal with this family’s struggle to survive in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and majestic snow-bound peaks.

Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX® Filmed Entertainment present a MacGillivray Freeman Film, To The Arctic, a One World One Ocean presentation, directed by two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins).  Filmed in 15/70mm IMAX ®3D, To The Arctic is written and edited by Stephen Judson (Everest), and produced by Shaun MacGillivray (Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk).

Length: 40:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2012
  • Date Released:
    April 20, 2012
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: Yes
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70, DCI-compliant Digital, IMAX Digital
  • Distributor:

    MacGillivray Freeman Films

  • Produced By:
  • Executive Producer:
  • Producer: Shaun MacGillivray
  • Director:  Greg MacGillivray
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Stephen Judson
  • Cinematography:
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Steve Wood, with songs by Paul McCartney
  • Editor: Stephen Judson
  • Narrator: Meryl Streep
  • Other Credits:
  • Sponsors: Alaska Wilderness League, Campion Foundation, My Coke Rewards, The Humane Society of the United States, Oceana, Polar Bears International, World Wildlife Fund


  • Animals
  • Documentary
  • Ecology
  • Nature



  • Best Film, Short Subject, Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA), 2012
  • Best Film for Lifelong Learning, Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA), 2012
  • Best Sound Editing: Special Venue, Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards, 2014

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