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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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Cast

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 (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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Storyline

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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Box Office

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

Hubie: Hey Rocko! What do you call a flower before it opens?
Rocko: What?
Hubie: What do you call a flower before it opens?
Rocko: A bud.
Hubie: I love it when you call me bud!
Rocko: [Groans]
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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 »

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Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: All Dogs Go to Heaven (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Looks Like I Got Me a Friend
Written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman
Performed by Martin Short and James Belushi
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utterly fantastic
12 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Pebble and the Penguin is a fine example of animated film at its best. Hubie, the endearing penguin, illustrates perseverance in its finest form, and his tenacity is something to be admired. This timeless story is delightful to audiences of all ages. In today's world, where divorce and unrequited love run rampant, this simple story inspires and reminds everyone that true love is possible. In order to find the perfect pebble for Marina, Hubie searches the world. The emotional turmoil that Hubie subjects himself to on his quest is akin to the interior tumult any human being feels. This film captures the essence of human love in a captivating and moving way. The musical talent of Barry Manilow only adds to the quality of this film. I think that this animal story offers incite to one of the most pivotal moments of human life: engagement. Everyone should watch this classic tale.


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