The White Planet

The White Planet

The White Planet

A French nature documentary on the  creatures that inhabit the North Pole. With unsettling facts about the melting landmass (in 30 years, the Antarctic has lost nearly two times the surface area of France), the footage has been captured on celluloid by intrepid outdoor specialists Thierry Ragobert and Thierry Piantanida.

The film boasts amazing set pieces such as the birth of two polar bears and their first tentative steps outside three months later. Also featured are the amazing narwhals (walruses with strange unicorn-style spears), primitive glowing entities under the ice, and armies of caribou on the march.

2007Rating: G, for general audiences82 minsCanada, France
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Note one for the notebook.

Like 'blue planet' we are guided through a visually stunning environment and the creatures which inhabit it. While the film is stunning and there are some remarkable shots i was pinning for more information. Its a documentary of delights rather than facts. Still a very good watch.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

A captivating docu profiling the some strange, some adorable -- but all endangered -- denizens of the North Pole. Although this critters-in-the-cold venture will inevitably be compared with the South Pole-set "March of the Penguins," this handsomely mounted, narratively convincing pic was under way before anybody knew there was box office gold in them thar snowbanks...

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Breathtaking wildlife documentary heavily disfigured by a banal, anthropomorphising commentary...

4.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

All in all this is a spectacular and memorable piece of film making. If you're looking after the nippers in the next few weeks, I think they will be entranced. And if you're planning a date, believe me, a newborn baby polar bear is pretty much a new definition of the word 'cute'...

4.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

We cover everything Arctic – from the freezing depths beneath the blue ice, to the earth, sea and wind. The arctic rabbit and a pregnant polar bear are the first on the scene, but there's a large ensemble cast of cold-resistant wildlife, including the arctic wolf eating some sort of snow gerbil or ice guinea pig, cute harpseal pups (how could anyone club those cuties to death?), hooded seals and their inflatable noses, whales, plus the magnificent migrating caribou and a bird that looks like a flying penguin (thick-billed murrhs). The narwhals are a particularly fascinating sight with their unicorn- like single tusks rising out of the ice maze...

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

A captivating docu profiling the some strange, some adorable -- but all endangered -- denizens of the North Pole. Although this critters-in-the-cold venture will inevitably be compared with the South Pole-set "March of the Penguins," this handsomely mounted, narratively convincing pic was under way before anybody knew there was box office gold in them thar snowbanks...

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Breathtaking wildlife documentary heavily disfigured by a banal, anthropomorphising commentary...

4.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

All in all this is a spectacular and memorable piece of film making. If you're looking after the nippers in the next few weeks, I think they will be entranced. And if you're planning a date, believe me, a newborn baby polar bear is pretty much a new definition of the word 'cute'...

4.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

We cover everything Arctic – from the freezing depths beneath the blue ice, to the earth, sea and wind. The arctic rabbit and a pregnant polar bear are the first on the scene, but there's a large ensemble cast of cold-resistant wildlife, including the arctic wolf eating some sort of snow gerbil or ice guinea pig, cute harpseal pups (how could anyone club those cuties to death?), hooded seals and their inflatable noses, whales, plus the magnificent migrating caribou and a bird that looks like a flying penguin (thick-billed murrhs). The narwhals are a particularly fascinating sight with their unicorn- like single tusks rising out of the ice maze...

3.0

Note one for the notebook.

Like 'blue planet' we are guided through a visually stunning environment and the creatures which inhabit it. While the film is stunning and there are some remarkable shots i was pinning for more information. Its a documentary of delights rather than facts. Still a very good watch.

3.0