Disneynature is celebrating Earth Day with a new trailer for “Penguins,” the next installment in the studio’s animal-themed feature film collection. The film comes from the same team that created “Bears,” and “Chimpanzee,” and is set to release one-year from today on Earth Day 2019.
Disney describes “Penguins” saying that it is “a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve, who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family.” The studio teases the trials of Steve adding, ” None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after”. Since this is a Disney nature doc, we are assuming that little Steve will be ok by the end of the film.
The previous nature films did very well in theaters. “Bears” released back in 2014, bringing in $17M domestically and over $21M worldwide. “Chimpanzee” did even better in theaters, the 2012 hit brought in almost $29M domestically and just under $35M. The films are also a hit with early-education classes and parents looking to broaden their kids streaming content. Now we aren’t saying that Penguins are more adorable than Bears or Chimps, but movies like “Happy Feet,” “March of the Penguins,” “The Penguins of Madagascar,” “Surf’s Up,” and “The Pebble and the Penguin” prove that audiences seem to love hitting the theater when a Penguin is involved.
Disney and Penguin fans alike can watch the trailer below, which was released by the studio earlier this afternoon. You still have a year before the film actually releases in theaters, so this probably won’t be the final look at the Penguin-themed project.