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The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  11 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:
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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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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 »

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Rocko: You're either the greatest romantic hero of all time... or you're the stupidest penguin who's ever lived!
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Don't Make Me Laugh
Written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman
Performed by Tim Curry
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A cute penguin movie that has charm despite it's weird story
25 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Looking back at Bluth's previous entries from the 90s, I was beginning to think about what I think about this one. Well, just say that when I was a little kid, I seemed to enjoy it, but as a young adult, I'm gonna call this movie decent. So, some of you are wondering why a 80%? Here's the reason why.

Here are some letdowns.

Letdown #1: The story was just... weird for a movie about penguins despite it's credit for a romance between two main characters. There were some things that were unexplained like "Why do penguins have clothing and hands to begin with?" and "Where did the three non-penguin birds came from?".

and Letdown #2: The songs made by Barry Manilow (despite it's decent music score from Mark Watters) weren't that bad. "Now and Forever" (pop song included), "Sometimes I Wonder" and reprise, which was hear-rendering, and "Don't Make Me Laugh" were enjoyable, but "Good Ship Misery" was badly sung, although "Looks Like I Got Me A Friend" has a decent melody.

That's it for the letdowns. Now for the highlights. The animation is very good, the character designs aren't that bad, and the voice acting is entertaining with the likes of Martin Short, Annie Golden, James Belushi, and Tim Curry. The characters are likable too. Hubie is great and his romance with the beautiful Marina was so sweet and cute altogether. Rocko never fails to amuse me with his comedic moments and his comic-relief voice and the villain named Drake is great and I think that he totally frightened me the first time I saw him as a kid.

So, is this movie weird? Well, kind of, but once you compare it to A Troll In Central Park, it's not a bad movie. It's just a decent and very cute penguin movie and it's worth watching for kids who like decent entertainment.

8/10


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