Arctic Tale Review

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Two narratives - the life cycle of a mother walrus and her calf, and the life of a polar bear and her cubs - are used to illustrate the harsh realities of existence in the Arctic.

★★★★

March of the penguins has a lot to answer for. This insipid National Geographic effort shovels its snout along that film’s sentimental spoor-trail, heading for the same gaping precipice where nature documentaries plunge into a suffocating whirlpool of audience-patronising, wilfully anthropormorphising nonsense.

Covering little that you haven’t already seen in the BBC’s Planet Earth, Arctic Tale relates the “adventures” of a polar bear and a walrus, chucking in some fart jokes along the way. Blending whimsy, ill-judged street-speak and sheer inanity, Queen Latifah’s voiceover is a supreme irritation. Targeted at pre-schoolers yet with scant educational value, Arctic Tale is best seen by no-one.

Targeted at pre-schoolers yet with scant educational value, Arctic Tale is best seen by no-one.