An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, the documentary adventure To the Arctic reveals a compelling tale of survival. Captivating and intimate IMAX footage brings moviegoers up-close and personal with a polar bear family’s struggle in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls and majestic snow-bound peaks. Narrated by Oscar winner Meryl Streep, the film takes audiences into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as never before captured on film, as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.
Warner Bros. and IMAX® Filmed Entertainment present a MacGillivray Freeman Film.
A One World One Ocean presentation.
Narrated by Meryl Streep
Songs by Paul McCartney
Release date: 2012
Runtime: 40 minutes
Format: filmed in 15 perforation/70 mm, 2D and 3D
“A riveting journey…a visually dazzling movie… It documents polar bears in all kinds or conditions and from just about every vantage point imaginable, including underwater and under siege.”
– Boston Globe
“…a dazzlingly immersive experience…the blend of riveting visuals and stories of each species’ shrinking habitat carries an impact…”
– Huffington Post
“…a heartwarming documentary… Seabirds, walruses and caribou all get their screen time, but it’s the intimate family saga of a heroic polar bear and her two young cubs that gives the film its emotional power.”
– The Hollywood Reporter
“…superb nature footage… an impassioned plea for action on global warming.” – Wall Street Journal
“Its breathtaking photography has a purpose beyond pretty pictures: to remind us that climate change is causing the frigid Arctic to melt…a visual treat, and an important reminder.”
– Seattle Times
“Filmmaking and narration so good, it will give you the shivers. it is gorgeous, intelligent and clear.”
– Minneapolis Pioneer Press
“MacGillivray is able to inspire awe and warm the heart.”
– Toronto National Post
“An arctic tale that melts hearts.”
– Los Angeles Times
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