Ed Helms To Narrate Disneynature’s Penguins

This looks like an entertaining film.

Ed Helms (“The Office,” “The Hangover” trilogy, “The Daily Show with John Stewart”)
is diving in with “Penguins” this spring as narrator of Disneynature’s upcoming
theatrical feature. The coming-of-age story follows 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. 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.

“Disney movies are filled with poignancy and real emotion, but also are extremely
funny and relatable—this movie is no different,” says Helms. “It’s a true life
adventure with real footage of penguins in Antarctica, but told in a way that tugs
at your heart strings a little and also has quite a few chuckles. For me, this movie
is a very cool mash-up of narration and character work. I get to voice Steve’s inner
monologue as well as straight narration. It was a really fun challenge for me—a
privilege getting to imagine what this penguin might be thinking—and I’m really
excited about it.”


As an actor, writer and comedian, Helms established himself as one of Hollywood’s
most beloved performers with scene-stealing roles on both film and television
including NBC’s award-winning comedy series, “The Office,” and the box office smash
hit film trilogy “The Hangover.”

“Penguins,” the first-ever Disneynature film to be released in IMAX® as the label,
celebrates 10 years since its first feature film hit theaters. The film continues
Disneynature’s conservation tradition: for every ticket sold opening week (April
17-23, 2019), Disneynature will make a donation to the Wildlife Conservation Network
(WCN) to help protect penguins across the southern hemisphere. Founded in 2002, WCN
invests in a select network of on-the-ground conservationists, including top experts
in the field of penguins like the Global Penguin Society (GPS). The worldwide leader
in science-based penguin conservation, GPS champions specific programs that align
with Disneynature’s conservation mission.

From the filmmaking team behind “Bears” and “Chimpanzee,” Disneynature’s “Penguins”
opens in theaters in time for Earth Day.

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U.S. Release Date: April 17, 2019
Narrator: Ed Helms
Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Jeff Wilson
Producers: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield, Keith Scholey, Roy Conli
Composer: Harry Gregson-Williams

Check out a video Helms recorded to share the announcement: