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Arctic Tale

Arctic Tale
Starring:
voice of Queen Latifah


Rated: G 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: July 25, 2007 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

This North Pole adventure narrated by Queen Latifah (Hairspray) looks at the effects of global warming concerning the melting of the polar ice caps.

Arctic Tale, with the backing of National Geographic, has fine craftsmanship behind it, and the script delivers a cool burst of eco-feminism. The result is a cute, if corny transposition from a den of hibernation into going with the floes. Though one can't say that politics won't be on the minds of parents sitting through it.

Director Sarah Robertson wants the viewer to believe that polar bear Nanu and walrus Seela have been followed for many years, though some may contend that principal photography may have only occurred over a year.

Small fry will take to the trek of Nanu and Seela, even if it is hardly affecting like the surprisingly successful documentary set in the South Pole, March of the Penguins.

There is a cheery, Happy Feet vibe to make the experience condusive to the sassy, anthropomorphic voice-over by Queen Latifah. Seela and her faithful groove to "We Are Family" while Nanu's posse take off with Kool & The Gang's "Celebration".

The drama interlocking Seela and Nanu is hardly seamless, and some may not know how a shadowy small fox doesn't appear in the frame with the latter.

Never mind, the slippery, scatalogical slope goes down strikingly visually, even if "you best be going" makes more sense after a game of "pull my flipper".

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