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:
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:

11 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Penguin Story  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)


$3,983,912 (USA)

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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 opening credits, when you hear a man and woman singing about pebbles, there is a mismatch between the sheet music on screen and what is actually sung. The woman's line indicates that the notes should go down as she sings "forever," but her voice goes up instead. See more »


Rocko: You're crazy, you're insane; you're amazing.
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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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Don't Make Me Laugh
Written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman
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One of the better Don Bluth movies
30 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I don't know why the rating is so low. This is a beautiful movie, that only has a couple of flaws. It is not as good as An American tail and Land Before time, but way better than Rock A Doodle Doo and Troll in Central Park . I really don't understand the criticism that it is unimaginative, with Rocko flying. Hello? Elephants can't fly, and look what Disney did with Dumbo! The songs and musical score are lovely, especially Now and Forever and Sometimes I wonder. The only song I didn't like was Good Ship Misery, because it was badly sung. The animation generally was good too, the highlight being the killer whales scene. True there were a lot of colour changes and some animation errors(Good Ship Misery), especially in Drake's song. And unlike some people I thought Marina and Hubie's romance is very sweet. The worst character animation was that of Drake. Nobody would draw a penguin like that. The voice overs were what made the movie, and they WEREN'T racist. Shani Wallis is lovely as the narrator, accompanying the beautifully-animated Antarctica-landscape beginning, certainly an improvement on the narration in Rock a Doodle Doo. Martin Short portrays Hubie's nervousness with such conviction, and James Belushi steals the show with a hilarious characterisation of Rocko. Annie Golden made me cry with her beautiful singing voice, her rendition of Sometimes I Wonder is heart-rending and Marina is such a cute and beautiful penguin, and Tim Curry voiced Drake beautifully, even if he got a tad annoying. In fact, Don't Make Me Laugh is special to me because that is the best I have ever heard Tim Curry sing since Blue Money.And by the way, Curry is the most experienced singer on the soundtrack, so I was shocked by the comment that compared the singing to howling monkeys. Barry Manilow and Sheena Easten's duet at the end was sublime too. All in all a beautiful and imaginative movie, if a little on the short side. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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