Queen Latifah Heads North For 'Arctic Tale'

Queen LatifahFrom Leonardo DiCaprio to Al Gore, lately it seems like every celebrity is attaching themselves to a catastrophic cause. So what's the latest harsh reality they hope we'll acknowledge? The destruction of the beautiful-but-barren ice deserts in the Arctic. And if 2005's "March of the Penguins" didn't get you on the bandwagon, Queen Latifah wants to give you one more opportunity with the global warming awareness flick "Arctic Tale."

"Being a part of a movie that reminded me of 'March of the Penguins' was exciting to me," the Queen told MTV News recently, discussing her voiceover gig at the premiere of "Hairspray."

"Arctic Tale," which is boosted by Latifah's authoritative tones, was chosen by the Oscar nominee as a more light-hearted version of "Penguins" - which came from the same producing team. Focusing on the life cycle of Seela the mother walrus and her calf, "Tale" also gives us the story of a polar bear named Nanu and her cubs. Together, the narratives attempt to illustrate the harsh realities of life in the Arctic, while complementing it with love and laughter.

So what made the songstress-turned-actress decide to get back to nature? "I love National Geographic, and I love the way that they present nature," Latifah grinned. "That"s what pulled me in."

But with a funky soundtrack and scenes of farting walruses, "Arctic" is anything but a stale documentary. It's due in theaters next month, and Latifah insisted that you don't have to be a tree-hugger to get into it. "I wouldn"t consider myself an environmentalist," she said, swatting away the term. "I think I care about the planet, and this is part of me doing my part."

If you couldn"t make it to Live Earth to rock out for the sake of global warming, "Arctic Tale" will soon be here to give you a more convenient (and cooler) chance. Directed by eye-popping documentary filmmaker Sarah Robertson in her movie debut, the film will be accompanied with a book published by National Geographic.