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Published July 24th 2012
The Adventures Of Scamper The Penguin (US Version)
The Adventures Of Scamper The Penguin (the censored US version) is a Japanese-Soviet co-produced animated feature film about the early life of an Adélie Penguin, originally released as a three-part serial.
Although the film is narrated like a documentary about the life of the penguins on Antarctica and is rather educational, it is definitely targeted at a very young audience.
This film tells the story of the life of a baby penguin named Scamper and how hard it was for his parents to brave the harshness of winter and escape their predators in order to hatch and raise him. It follows the little penguin on his adventures to find out about the world around him, with the help of his best friends Snowflake, a little girl penguin, and Cowboy, the cute husky puppy who lives with the scientists in the human village.
Eventually Scamper and Snowflake run into poachers who kidnap them in order to sell them to the zoo. They meet a Macaroni Penguin named Louie and together, they find a way to escape and despite the odds - battling against hungry seagulls, leopard seals and killer whales - they manage to navigate their way home, only to find that the poachers have returned to capture the rest of the chicks. It's up to Scamper to lead his flock to rescue the next generation of his species.
This is a wonderful, educational, and sometimes a little scary film, with many cute and memorable characters. While it is mainly for the little ones, it's still one that adults could enjoy too.
The Adventures Of Scamper The Penguin was dubbed into English in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The UK version was an English dub of the originally released film, while the American version was heavily localized and cut out most of the violent scenes from the original release, including the death of Scamper's father (which is not even mentioned in this version). It is considered to be a completely different film to those who follow its cult status.