Penguins in Pop Culture!

Penguins have been waddling the red carpet for many years. From documentaries to family films penguins have been a popular feature on the big screen. Even when the film isn’t focused on penguins they always seem to shine.

Happy Feet: Happy feet is a Warner Brothers film released in 2006, it made close to 384 million dollars worldwide.Mumble, the main character of Happy Feet, is a penguin that was born without the ability to sing but with the ability to dance. So life becomes hard for Mumble when it’s time to find his soul mate, because he’s unable to sing his heartsong.

Penguins of Madagascar: Madagascar was a movie released in 2005 by DreamWorks Animations, it made close to 532 million dollars worldwide. Even though the penguins were not the focus of the film they still had their moments when they shined, one of the most memorable scenes in Madagascar was when the penguins told Marty the Zebra, he didn’t see anything.

           Picture of Penguins of Madagascar

From left to right: Private,Rico, Skipper, Kowalski


Mr. Poppers Penguins: Mr. Poppers Penguins is a comedy film released in 2011, it made 187 million dollars worldwide. This movie is about a businessman whose life changes after  inheriting a crate of 6 “annoying” penguins from his deceased father.

March of the Penguins: March of the Penguins is a National Geographic documentary film, it was released in 2005 and made close to 127 million dollars. This movie focuses on the lives of Emperor penguins in Antarctica. The movie journeys through their life and shows the struggles of starvation and its impact on reproduction.


Some movies featuring penguins are more popular than others, but still are enjoyable. It doesn’t matter whether the penguin is the star of the film or just waddled in and off of the screen. Penguins will stay on the screen, and in our hearts, for generations to come.

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