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The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)

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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:
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Hubie (voice)
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Marina (voice)
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Rocko (voice)
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Drake (voice)
Alissa King ...
Petra (voice)
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Priscilla / Chinstrap 2 (voice) (as Louise Vallance)
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Royal / Tika (voice)
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Scrawny (voice)
Stan Jones ...
McCallister (voice)
S. Scott Bullock ...
Chubby / Gentoo (voice)
Philip L. Clarke ...
King (voice)
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Narrator (voice)
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Megellenic 1 (voice)
Hamilton Camp ...
Megellenic 2 (voice)
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Gwynne / Chinstrap 3 (voice)
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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 <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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The adventure of a lifetime begins with one small pebble.


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Release Date:

11 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,983,912 (USA)
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Trivia

Don Bluth so hated the final results of the movie after production was wrapped up that he demanded to be uncredited as the director. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning when Hubie is singing "Sometimes I Wonder", there are several instances in which the animators did not complete drawing Hubie from the waist down. This is clearly visible in several shots in the bottom of the frame. See more »

Quotes

Rocko: You're crazy, you're insane; you're amazing.
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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 »

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Looks Like I Got Me a Friend
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Not Don Bluth's best, but certainly not his worst...
9 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Apparently, this was the one movie Don Bluth was "personally ashamed of making", but I personally don't think it's that bad. Sure, it's nothing compared to his '80's films and "Anastasia", but compared to "Thumbelina" and "A Troll in Central Park", it's actually kind of an improvement. The music for example, is quite catchy (with the exception of "Good Ship Misery"). The opening sequence of "Now and Forever" is beautifully animated, Marina's reprise of "Sometimes I Wonder" is very sweet, and Drake's "Don't Make Me Laugh" is a very good villain song.

The thing I enjoy most about this movie, is the dynamic between Hubie and Rocko. Both these characters are complete opposites of each other (Rocko being the streetwise tough guy, and Hubie being the wimpy lovelorn fool), yet their relationship is so funny and interesting to watch, that I start to wonder: Why didn't Martin Short and Jim Belushi work in other movies together?!

Now Marina isn't a very interesting heroine, but at least she's not as annoying Thumbelina, or Goldie from "Rock-A-Doodle". Annie Golden did a very nice job voicing her, and her singing voice is quite lovely. Drake however, is one of the only things about this movie that really irk me. His character design is atrocious, and his motive of stealing Marina's hand in marriage is not a very interesting one (this is the same problem I had with the villains in "Thumbelina"). Fortunately, Tim Curry's vocal talent almost make up for that, though I've seen him play better villains over the past years.

Overall, I can't say that "Pebble and the Penguin" is a great movie, but I think it's worth watching to pass the time out of boredom.


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