Narrated by Meryl Streep with songs by Paul McCartney.

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


To The Arctic Blu-ray

To The Arctic DVD

Stream now on Amazon Prime Video

To The Arctic (companion book)
Photography by Florian Schulz
Foreword by Sylvia Earle 

In this stunning, large-format, panoramic photo essay, renowned nature photographer Florian Schulz takes readers on a personal journey to the remote-yet-vibrant Arctic.

Honors and Reviews

“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

  • Best Film of the Year, Short Subject and Best Film for Lifelong Learning – 2012 Giant Screen Cinema Association Achievement Awards
  • Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing, Special Venue – 2012 Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE)
  • Finalist for Best Feature Film – 2012 Genesis Awards, The Humane Society of the United States
  • Finalist for Best Theatrical Program and for Best Immersive Program-3D- 2012 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards
  • Official Selection – 2013 Environmental Film Festival, Washington DC
For Educators

Download the Educator Guide that offers six lesson plans for grades 4-8. Activities developed for this guide support National Education Standards for Science, Art, Social Studies, Math, and English.

Download the Educational Activity Sheets and the Family Activity Pages for more fun and educational games, puzzles and trivia the whole classroom and family can enjoy.


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