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The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)

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) (as James Belushi)
Drake (voice)
Alissa King ...
Petra (voice)
Stevie Vallance ...
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 <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


Before the cast begins singing "Good Ship Misery", the dubbing for the coupled penguins in the cage is swapped during the line "Welcome Hubie! Although Welcome probably isn't the appropriate word." See more »


Rocko: Hey, Hubie, you forgot your blasted pebble!
Hubie: My Pebble? My Pebble! Rocko, you found it!
Rocko: Don't just stand there, Romeo. Give the girl the pebble.
Hubie: Do you like it?
Marina: I love it.
Rocko: She'd better.
Hubie: Good.
Marina: But don't you know? It's not the pebble, it's the penguin. I love you even more.
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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 »


Don't Make Me Laugh
Music by Barry Manilow
Lyrics by Bruce Sussman
Performed by Tim Curry
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So lovely!
26 August 2007 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Genre: Penguins, animation.

Main characters: Hubie, Marina, Rocko and Drake the penguins. I feel for most of these characters and I like them very much indeed. I also like Drake, the baddie – but I do not feel for him.

Actors: Martin Short (Hubie), Shani Wallis (Narrator), Annie Golden (Marina), James Belushi (Rocko) and Tim Curry (Drake).

What happens: All of the Adelie penguins on a big iceberg are ready to mate, finding their pebbles to give to the penguin they love so they can mate. There is one rather clumsy and dreamy penguin called Hubie, who is in love with one particular penguin – but someone else loves her as well…

Message: It's not the gifts that you give your love that matter, but the giver.

My thoughts: I like this film rather a lot. I like the actors, the animation, the characters, the songs and the adventure of the story. The jokes are also amusing and I wouldn't be surprised if at least one person who didn't like this film liked at least one joke from it. The actors are well-picked and many people may like this film JUST because of them – as there are many famous ones (including James Belushi and Tim Curry). The animation is good, I especially like the backgrounds – sometimes it seems like you are going across the sea with the penguins! The characters are very lovable and have distinct personalities, not subtle though, which is one slight problem with this film. I especially like the characters of Hubie and Rocko, some may think otherwise. I also really like the songs, there is an amusing one, there are two romance ones and there is one "bad guy song" that we all have to have in a children's film! Well, we don't have to, but "Don't Make Me Laugh" is fun anyway, good singing from Tim Curry. The adventure of the film is very engaging and it keeps you focused on the film.

One thing I am not so keen about this film is that it's pretty average. Average acting – and the plot is quite average. Otherwise – I think this is a very good animated family film!

Recommended to: Families who would like to sit down to a cartoon film (maybe over some Haribo or a box of Popcorn), children who like penguins and cartoon and grown-ups who like penguins and cartoon films. Enjoy! :-)

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