Emperor penguins grow up during the winter in one of the coldest places on Earth – the Antarctic. This film follows the trials and tribulations of one adorable fluffy chick – from his first tentative steps on the ice, to getting lost, to hanging out with the other chicks. It also shows the lengths his parents will go to provide food, overcoming huge obstacles, avoiding predators like leopard seals, and enduring freezing conditions.
As he gets older, sheds his fluffy coat and grows sleek black feathers, the chick finds he’s increasingly on his own. There’s safety in numbers and he sticks with the other youngsters, avoiding the giant petrels flying in from the sea ready to snatch any lone chick.
With their parents around less and less, these chicks will soon have to fend for themselves. They’ll have no choice but to climb ice cliffs, negotiate cracks in the ice and avoid predators, before finally reaching the sea.
Full of tense and moving moments as well as comedy and character, Snow Chick - A Penguin's Tale follows the emperor penguin’s life story in a level of detail never attempted before.
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