Ed Helms Lends His Voice to Disneynature’s ‘Penguins’

Disneynature’s upcoming theatrical release Penguins will be narrated by Ed Helms (The Hangover films, The Office). The studio just announced Helms’ involvement as narrator and released a short video with voice-over supplied by Ed Helms, of course.

Commenting on his involvement, Ed Helms said, “Disney movies are filled with poignancy and real emotion, but also are extremely funny and relatable — this movie is no different. 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.”

Ed Helms has a warm and welcoming voice, but if you’re making a feature film about the tuxedo-clad flightless seabirds and need a narrator, the obvious choice is Benedict Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch’s narration would be worth the price of a ticket, even without the added bonus of cute penguins. Benedict is seemingly incapable of correctly pronouncing the world “penguin,” a weird quirk he confirmed during an interview on The Graham Norton Show in October 2014.

The eighth theatrical release from Disneynature was directed by Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson. Fothergill, Mark Linfield, Keith Scholey, and Roy Conli served as producers. The film marks the first Disneynature product to be released in IMAX® as the label.

Penguins will open in theaters on April 17, 2019.

The Penguins Plot:

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.