The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  14 April 1995 (USA)
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A lovable but introverted penguin named Hubie plans to present his betrothal pebble to the bird of his dreams.


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Complete credited cast:
Hubie (voice)
Marina (voice)
Rocko (voice)
Drake (voice)
Alissa King ...
Petra (voice)
Priscilla / Chinstrap 2 (voice) (as Louise Vallance)
Royal / Tika (voice)
Scrawny (voice)
Stan Jones ...
McCallister (voice)
S. Scott Bullock ...
Chubby / Gentoo (voice)
Philip L. Clarke ...
King (voice)
Narrator (voice)
Megellenic 1 (voice)
Hamilton Camp ...
Megellenic 2 (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gwynne / Chinstrap 3 (voice)


He must present his special pebble to her before the pebble festival is over, or lose his chance forever. He just manages to pluck up the nerve, when the evil Drake knocks him off the ice, and Hubie is swept away. Picked up and caged by a ship, he meets the streetwise Rocko, whose only wishes are to live in sunny climates and learn to fly. Together they escape, and Hubie convinces Rocko to help him find Antarctica. When they reach the home ice, Hubie must defeat his worst enemy, and Rocko must face up to the reality of his dream of flying. Written by Cynan Rees <>

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The adventure of a lifetime begins with one small pebble.


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Release Date:

14 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Penguin Story  »

Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)


$3,983,912 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Was originally meant to be released in the summer of 1994 but was pushed to April of 1995 due to production errors as well as to avoid heavy competition from films released during the summer of 1994 such as The Lion King and The Mask. See more »


During the musical number "Good Ship Misery" there are a few shots where the entire chorus is sliding back and forth on a raft of sorts, and there are several seconds of the background singers being completely inanimate, simply sitting there frozen in place. See more »


Hubie: Everybody knows that penguins can't fly!
Rocko: You're wrong! You are dead wrong! Our ancestors flew! They gave us wings when we can't fly?! I mean, I mean whose idea of a cruel joke is this?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credit/overture sequence is shown with the animated penguin characters playing and cavorting on the sheet music for the songs they're singing. See more »


Featured in Nostalgia Critic: The Pebble and the Penguin (2010) See more »


The Good Ship Misery
Written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman
Performed by Randy Crenshaw, Maggie Roswell, Will Ryan, B.J. Ward,
Kevin Bassinson, Hamilton Camp, Stevie Vallance and Jon Joyce
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I loved this movie! i haven't seen it in awhile but i loved it!! unlike the other comments i have read about this movie!! It was a very cute movie..and the other comments i have read said that the penguin girl only would love him if he gave her the pebble. Well that is not true..its just like what happens in real life.. he THOUGHT that this was the only way to get her..but it wasn't true. THis is a children's EVERYTHING doesn't have to make sense and its a cartoon! and since its a cartoon...PENGUINS CAN FLY! get over it! Its very cute to see how this one penguin goes through such great lengths to get a pebble for the one bird he is crazy about. The cutest part is that he didn't even NEED the pebble to win her heart!..(even though she loved it anyways)..


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