You’ve never met penguins like these before. Forget ice and snow, this rowdy colony of African penguins are hitting the sun-drenched beaches and breaking all the rules. Filled with boisterous shenanigans and loads of adorable penguins, this eight-part series from Red Rock Films about the real lives of African penguins brings flipper-flapping fun and drama. Join the ride … this town is gonna get painted black and white!
Patton Oswalt adds humorous narration to mostly upbeat footage of feathered couples and singles making their annual visit to a South African community.
“Penguin Town” is a featherweight documentary about this amazing species, with Oswalt providing light and humorous narration, some penguin couples getting names, bouncy pop music and graphics straight out of a reality dating show: “Six hot months! One wild colony! No rules!” It’s filled with facts, but they’re always draped in the conceit of the penguins pretty much taking over the town, while the “giants,” a.k.a. humans, are seen mostly from the PPOV (Penguins’ Point of View) and then disappear from the series when the pandemic hits and Simon’s Town sadly becomes a ghost town.
This docu-series is now streaming on Netflix.