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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?


The opening scene was the last one to be created. 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 Jack the Bitterroot Beagle: The Golden Bone (2008) See more »


Just Say Yes
Written, Produced, and Performed by Ken Andrews
Ken Andrews appears courtesy of Dinosaur Fight Records
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User Reviews

Hang 7
5 June 2007 | by (Seattle WA USA) – See all my reviews

It's not the funniest animated movie you've ever seen -- most of the jokes are amusing, rather than laugh-out-loud -- but it does the job.

Sometimes the humor just seems to be "it's penguins doing human things -- get it?"

But it's fast-moving, colorful, and the voice cast is good. (Fortunately, they didn't give Jon Heder too much to do, so he wasn't out of his depth.)

Shia LeBeouf was very good (esp. considering how young he is). Several of us thought it was Bruce Willis doing the character of Cody. Snappy and smart. I liked Mario Cantone as the snarky sandpiper.

The animation is so deft you can actually see subtle emotions play over the faces of these birds. The waves sometimes look real, not animation.

There's a lot of stuff about surfing. Seemed like one of those old surfing documentaries sometimes. I didn't know if the kids could follow all that -- but the 3 little girls sitting in front of me pronounced the movie "fantastic" afterwards, so I guess it did its job.

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