Here’s Your First Look At Disneynature’s Penguins! Waddling Into Theaters Earth Day 2019
There are many things that I love but at the top of the list are Penguins and Disneynature films and now the two have come together in a perfect universe and next Earth Day, I will be glued to the screen as Disneynature’s Penguins makes its debut and no one is more excited for this than I am!
Disneynature’s all-new feature film Penguins is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the time I was little I wanted a pet penguin, and when I first became a teacher, I would put out the challenge to help motivate them to learn to write letters and do research that if they could find a way to bring in an animal specialist to come to the classroom with a penguin to do a presentation, that I would take them to a baseball or football game. Not only did my students rise up to the challenge, they exceeded it by convincing a local theme and animal park that this was Mrs. Turner’s all-time dream to feed and pet a penguin and the company sent tickets for the entire class, their parents and took us on an exclusive behind the scenes look at what it was like to be an animal trainer and work with penguins. Over the years, penguins have been my go-to winter thematic unit and I’ve learned more than a few things along the way. Here are some fun facts all about penguins that you may or may not know:
- There are There are 17 species of penguin, each slightly different. Some of the species have nicknames which can cause people to think there are more than 17 species (for example the Little penguin is also known as the Blue penguin). All of the species live in the Southern hemisphere. Many live at the South Pole on Antarctica
- Penguins are flightless birds.
- While other birds have wings for flying, penguins have adapted flippers to help them swim in the water.
- The Galapagos Penguin is the only penguin species that ventures north of the equator in the wild.
- Large penguin populations can be found in countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina and South Africa.
- No penguins live at the North Pole.
- Penguins eat a range of fish and other sea life that they catch underwater.
- Penguins can drink sea water.
- Penguins spend around half their time in the water and the other half on land.
- The Emperor Penguin is the tallest of all penguin species, reaching as tall as 120 cm (47 in) in height.
- Emperor Penguins can stay underwater for around 20 minutes at a time.
- Emperor Penguins often huddle together to keep warm in the cold temperatures of Antarctica.
- King Penguins are the second largest penguin species. They have four layers of feathers to help keep them warm on the cold subantarctic islands where they breed.
- Chinstrap Penguins get their name from the thin black band under their head. At times it looks like they’re wearing a black helmet, which might be useful as they’re considered the most aggressive type of penguin.
- Crested penguins have yellow crests, as well as red bills and eyes.
- Yellow-eyed penguins (or Hoiho) are endangered penguins native to New Zealand. Their population is believed to be around 4000.
- Little Blue Penguins are the smallest type of penguin, averaging around 33 cm (13 in) in height.
- Penguin’s black and white plumage serves as camouflage while swimming. The black plumage on their back is hard to see from above, while the white plumage on their front looks like the sun reflecting off the surface of the water when seen from below.
- Penguins in Antarctica have no land-based predators
And now here’s your very first look at Disneynature’s Penguins
From the filmmaking team behind Bears and Chimpanzee, Disneynature’s Penguins opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019.
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PENGUINS opens in theatres everywhere in time for Earth Day 2019!