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Surf's Up (2007)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  8 June 2007 (USA)
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A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cody Maverick (voice)
Lani Aliikai (voice)
Chicken Joe (voice)
Kelly (voice)
Rob (voice)
SPEN Announcer (voice)
Ash Brannon ...
Filmmaker (voice)
Filmmaker (voice)
Glen Maverick (voice)
Dana Belben ...
Edna Maverick (voice) (as Dana L. Belben)
Reed Buck ...
Arnold (voice)


This story follows a teenage rock hopper penguin named Cody Maverick from his hometown of Shiverpool, Antarctica, where all of the other penguins think he's nothing but a surfing fool, to the "Big Z Memorial Surf Off" on Pen Gu Island. Young Cody is determined to win the most important competition in the world of penguin surfing in honor of "Big Z," a deceased surfing legend whom he has idolized since childhood. But the waves in Pen Gu are different than in Shiverpool, and the competition is steep. The current champ, egotistical Tank Evans, isn't just about to let this little penguin knock him from first place without a fight. When Cody wipes out and encounters Geek, a recluse aging former surfer, living in the jungle, he learns some important lessons about life and surfing, and even teaches Geek a thing or two. Written by Anthony Pereyra (hypersonic91@yahoo.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 June 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los reyes de las olas  »

Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,640,249 (USA) (8 June 2007)


£4,356,423 (UK) (5 October 2007)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(8 channels)| |


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cody's name is a reference to Mavericks, a famous surfing spot. It is also a possibly reference to the NBA basketball team the Dallas Mavericks, of which directors Ash Brannon and Chris Buck are fans. Finally it refers to the main character of Top Gun (1986). See more »


When Mickey first arrives in Antartica and tells the old penguin he's sitting on thin ice, Mickey's beak never moves. See more »


[first lines]
Filmmaker: Quiet on the set. And we're rolling. Cody Maverick interview, take one.
Cody Maverick: So why are you guys here to interview me?
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Crazy Credits

Hang on after the credits for a funny scene with Glen and Edna Maverick (Cody's brother and mother) with the film crew. See more »


Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #4.9 (2005) See more »


Steel Guitar Blues
Written and Performed by Roy Acuff
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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User Reviews

Not just another penguin movie...
22 May 2007 | by (Honolulu, HI) – See all my reviews

First off, I got the chance to watch the Hollywood premiere here in Hawaii with the cast being there to watch it too. Due to the recent release of penguin movies, a lot of people are turned off by them. Please do not judge it so. I admit, at first I was turned off by it being a penguin movie and I couldn't think of anything new. Although this type of story has been told before (what story hasn't?), it's always interesting to see how it will be presented. And I liked it. The characters and events keep you in the movie. Yes, you're gonna have to deal with penguins and their habitats, but it won't be for long. And besides, this is no happy feet, which I liked also. This movie has an amazing cast with enjoyable characters. So be ready to laugh your butt off because I pretty much was. Great family fun movie, or just a movie for you. Now I regret watching it so early (May 20, 2007) because now I have to wait until June 8 to watch it again. = (

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