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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Cody Maverick (voice)
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Lani Aliikai (voice)
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Chicken Joe (voice)
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Kelly (voice)
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Rob (voice)
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SPEN Announcer (voice)
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Filmmaker (voice)
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Filmmaker (voice)
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Glen Maverick (voice)
Dana Belben ...
Edna Maverick (voice) (as Dana L. Belben)
Reed Buck ...
Arnold (voice)
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Storyline

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)

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Birds Fly...Penguins Soar! See more »


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

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8 June 2007 (USA)  »

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Los reyes de las olas  »

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Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$58,867,694 (USA) (24 August 2007)
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Trivia

The character of The Geek is a homage to another of Jeff Bridges's creations, The Dude, in The Big Lebowski (1998). See more »

Goofs

After Cody talks to Lani for the first time, he and Chicken Joe walk away talking. Cody mentions Lani by name; however, Lani never told Cody her name. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Referenced in Breaking Bad: Madrigal (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)
Written by Prince Leleiohoku (as Leleiohaku) and Ralph Freed
Arranged by Johnny Noble
Performed by Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys (as His Texas Playboys)
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Surg and Surfing
10 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The previews drew me in, and when a rainy weekend coincided with Surf's Up coming to the local theater I went. Here I am old enough to be a grandmother and I love animated films. And the animation makes the film. The water is surreal in how lifelike it is with all the variegation of color. The plot of little guy, big dreams, dream crash, dream re-found, and priorities set straight is definitely cliché. It's how it all gets there, is what we spend our $5.00 matinée for. The voice talent is perfect: Jeff Bridges as the laid back Z, Shia LaBeouf the young hero in the making, Jon Heder as a stoned chicken from Michigan, and Zooey Deschanel as the good-hearted lifeguard who keeps secrets well. They made the movie flow.

As for the penchant of "children" movies using poop and pee for laugh lines--I ask why? It didn't add to the movie, and it certainly lowers it. It's as if they are afraid the movie won't hold up on its own without a bit of naughty and disgusting jokes. Hey, leave it alone and let the movie go. Urinating and flatulent penguins just aren't that funny. Lots of other funny stuff. Like I said to the floor sweeper when he asked me, "Was it any good?" It had it's moments.


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