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Year of Release: 2007
Director(s): Ash Brannon and Chris Buck
Animation Studio: Columbia Pictures/Sony Animation
Approx. Running Time: 85 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"Surf's Up is funny and dazzling with tons of family appeal."
Jeff Craig / Sixty Second Preview
Come join Cody (Shia LaBeouf), a Rockhopper penguin, as he journeys from his home ins Shiverpool, Antarctica, to take part in the Big Z Memorial Surf-Off on beautiful Pen Gu Island. During his adventure he meets many new friends, including surf nut Chicken Joe (Jon Heder) and spirited lifeguard Lani (Zooey Dschanel). Cody believes that winning is everything until he meets Geek (Jeff Bridges), an old, washed-up pro surfer, who just may show Cody that a true winner isn't always the one who comes in first.
When I saw the trailer for this movie, I had ZERO desire to see it. The premise just looked stupid (Surfing penguins, seriously?) and, damn it, we just had an animated penguin movie with Happy Feet, but I was actually pleasantly surprised, though only mildly so at first. After repeated viewings, the movie has grown to be a favorite and I really highly recommend it, stupid premise or not.
Rated PG (MPAA)
2007 (Year Of Release)