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Surf's Up

Surf's Up

Ash Brannon, Chris Buck (2007)

81min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
There's nothing childish about the penguins in this delightful action animation from directors Ash Brannon (Toy Story 2) and Chris Buck (Tarzan). The script is smart, the vocal acting smarter and its presentation as a fake documentary cleverest of all. It's that slick mockumentary device that might distract the kids while proving endlessly entertaining for adults. The tale begins with a surfing penguin history lesson, illustrated with scratchy "archival" footage and related by cocky rockhopper interviewee Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf). The focus then switches to a TV crew covering his journey to a surf competition in Hawaii. There, he bonds with washed-up champ Big Z (voiced by a marvellous Jeff Bridges) and learns that winning isn't everything. Apart from some authentic-looking waves, the animation isn't anything special. It's the Spinal Tap-like jibes at televised sports and reality shows, the warmth of the supporting characters (Zooey Deschanel, Jon Heder) and the memorable one-liners that make it almost as much fun as Happy Feet.

Summary

A penguin longs to follow in the footsteps of his hero, legendary surfer Big Z, and leaves his Antarctic home to compete in a prestigious tournament on a tropical island. Unfortunately the waves in this warmer climate are much bigger than anything he has experienced - and the egotistical reigning champion does not take kindly to competition. Animated comedy, with the voices of Jeff Bridges and Shia LaBeouf.

Cast & Crew

Cody Maverick Shia LaBeouf
Zeke "Big Z" Topanga / "Geek" Jeff Bridges
Lani Aliikai Zooey Deschanel
Chicken Joe Jon Heder
Reggie Belafonte James Woods
Tank "The Shredder" Evans Diedrich Bader
Mikey Abromowitz Mario Cantone
Kelly Kelly Slater
Rob Rob Machado
SPEN announcer Sal Masekela
Film-maker Ash Brannon
Film-maker Chris Buck
Glen Maverick Brian Posehn
Director Ash Brannon
Director Chris Buck
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 10 Aug 2007

Comedy Childrens Drama

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