Maurice (John Lithgow), a jungle-raised penguin who thinks he's a tiger, returns to the South Pole to help a colony of penguins defend their home from a herd of walruses determined to take over the territory. ,br>
Preschoolers love twisted tales, and this one is hilarious! Just the sight of Maurice, who has to continually freshen up his stripes because he believes he has a skin condition and who walks around with a fishbowl containing his tigerfish "son," Junior, is enough to make young viewers burst out laughing. Convinced he is "The Great Tiger Warrior," he helps the penguins save their home, beautifully illustrating to children that they can be whoever they imagine themselves to be.
Babies may find it disturbing when the walruses kick the penguins out of their homes and take their eggs hostage. Two-year-olds will be rolling on the floor, giggling, at the hair-obsessed warthog who is constantly singing, and when Maurice tries to teach Junior to roar--like him!
What makes this movie so funny is that Maurice has absolutely no idea he's a penguin, and preschoolers will love that they're in on the joke. Maurice makes fun of the penguins for waddling and not being able to fly, and he says things like, "This must be the first time tigers have ever walked this land" when he gets to Antarctica. Voiced by John Lithgow, he speaks so inaccurately but with such authority that he will keep young viewers laughing.
Kids in this age group may think the movie is too babyish for them but those who give it a chance will find that it actually teaches them the amazing power of our minds.