Me: How did you find this one penguin for the film crew to follow? I mean how did that work?Sir David Attenborough: Ok [laughs] let us not beat about the bush. Um er if you made a film about hunting dogs you would soon see that a hunting dog has a black spot on the front of its face or it doesn’t – and they’re very variable. So if you’re going to trace a black patched hunting dog through it’s life-cycle it’s going to take you three years. Penguins, on the other hand, all look very very much the same. How do they tell one another apart? Well we know that they distinguish one another, a penguin will find its mate, by the sound of its voice, and the bray of a penguin is a really very harsh sound. But nonetheless, that’s how they do it. They don’t do it by visual stimuli. So what we have attempted to do, and I am not abashed by it in the least, is that we are trying to distil the story of a typical penguin, of a young penguin that comes ashore after having spent 3 years at sea. He’s returning to where he was hatched and he’s got to find a mate and he’s got to rear a chick and then he’s got to go back to sea. That’s the story, which is a distillation of a standard king penguin story, and to do that, fortunately, there are penguins of all the right sizes at all the right times.
Me: [laughs] so you didn’t have one hero, it was a composite hero, you filmed lots of penguins and spliced the footage together? [Despite the PR blurb which focuses on a single heroic penguin, almost human like in his quest and bravery?]
David A: Well-
Anthony Geffen ( film producer): I doubt there was probably one Bambi [laughs]