Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Waddle All the Way coming to America's Telly

The internet runneth over with cute penguin photos and videos—but none are quite like this. A forthcoming documentary from Discovery Channel and BBC, Penguins: Waddle All the Way, used spy cameras—disguised as lifelike replicas of the birds—to capture natural penguin behavior. Check out a preview of the special, above.
“Using animatronic cameras cleverly disguised as life-size penguins, Downer’s team was able to infiltrate the protective colonies from an entirely new angle, recording the emotional and oftentimes amusing behaviors of the penguins,” Discovery said in a statement.

The film used more than 50 remote-controlled cameras camouflaged as penguins that can swim, waddle, and jump, as well as chicks and eggs. The spy cams allowed filmmakers to get close-up, super candid footage of the birds—including their adorable young ones—without startling them.
Three species of penguins are getting screen time in the documentary: Emperor penguins in Antarctica, Rockhopper penguins on the Falkland Islands, and Humboldt penguins in the Atacama Desert of Peru. Plus, Glee star Jane Lynch narrates the two-hour special.

Penguins: Waddle All the Way will air on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.


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