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Surf's Up -- Come join Cody (Shia LaBeouf), a Rockhopper penguin, as he journeys from his home in Shiverpool, Antarctica, to take part in the Big Z Memorial Surf-Off on the beach of Pen Gu Island.  During his adventure he meets some new friends, including surf nut Chicken Joe (Jon Heder) and the spirited lifeguard Lani (Zooey Deschanel). Cody believes that winning is everything until he meets The Geek (Jeff...
Surf's Up -- Clip: Perfect Day
Surf's Up -- A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick (LaBeouf).
Surf's Up -- Interview:  Mario Cantone On The Realization Of The Animation
Surf's Up -- Clip: Campfire

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Release Date:
8 June 2007 (USA) See more »
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Hang six Summer 2007. See more »
Plot:
A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Shia LaBeouf ... Cody Maverick (voice)

Jeff Bridges ... Zeke 'Big Z' Topanga / 'Geek' (voice)

Zooey Deschanel ... Lani Aliikai (voice)

Jon Heder ... Chicken Joe (voice)

James Woods ... Reggie Belafonte (voice)

Diedrich Bader ... Tank 'The Shredder' Evans (voice)

Mario Cantone ... Mikey Abromowitz (voice)

Kelly Slater ... Kelly (voice)

Rob Machado ... Rob (voice)

Sal Masekela ... SPEN Announcer (voice)

Ash Brannon ... Filmmaker (voice)

Chris Buck ... Filmmaker (voice)

Brian Posehn ... Glen Maverick (voice)
Dana Belben ... Edna Maverick (voice) (as Dana L. Belben)
Reed Buck ... Arnold (voice)
Reese Elowe ... Kate (voice)
Jack P. Ranjo ... Smudge (voice)
Matthew W. Taylor ... Ivan / Glen's Buddy (voice) (as Matt Taylor)

Bob Bergen ... (voice)

Jillian Bowen ... (voice)

Johanna Braddy ... (voice)

John Cygan ... (voice)

Courtnee Draper ... (voice)

Bill Farmer ... (voice)

Andy Fischer-Price ... (voice)

Teresa Ganzel ... (voice)

Jess Harnell ... (voice)

Jesse Head ... (voice)

Sherry Lynn ... (voice)
Danny Mann ... (voice)
Mickie McGowan ... (voice)

Alec Medlock ... (voice)

Laraine Newman ... (voice)
Jan Rabson ... (voice)
Meagan Smith ... (voice)
Marisa Theodore ... (voice)
Crawford Wilson ... (voice)

Jacob Zachar ... (voice)

Directed by
Ash Brannon 
Chris Buck 
 
Writing credits
Don Rhymer (screenplay by) and
Ash Brannon (screenplay by) &
Chris Buck (screenplay by) &
Christopher Jenkins (screenplay by)

Christopher Jenkins (story by) and
Christian Darren (story by)

Produced by
Lydia Bottegoni .... co-producer
Christopher Jenkins .... producer
Andrea Miloro .... animation executive producer
 
Original Music by
Mychael Danna (music by)
 
Film Editing by
Ivan Bilancio 
Nancy Frazen 
 
Casting by
Mary Hidalgo 
 
Production Design by
Paul Lasaine 
 
Art Direction by
John Alvin (co-art director)
Sylvain Deboissy 
Ron Lukas 
Marcelo Vignali 
 
Production Management
Theresa Bentz .... associate production manager
Jason Brewer .... assistant production manager
David Farley .... post-production supervisor
David Kalbeitzer .... digital production manager
Lea Lambert .... associate production manager
Garrick McLaughlin .... digital production manager
Lauren Prince .... assistant production manager: layout
Jill Ragaway .... production manager
Briana Ryan .... associate production manager
Jordan Soles .... associate production manager
Paula Tudorof .... associate production manager
 
Art Department
Sunny Apinchapong .... visual development artist
Damon Bard .... sculptor
James Battersby .... 3-D visual development artist
Nick Crocco .... designer
Cathy Jones .... visual development
Denise Koyama .... storyboard artist
Joty Lam .... visual development artist
Jerry Loveland .... visual development artist
Marcos Mateu Mestre .... visual development artist
Shawn McInerney .... visual development artist
Armen Melkonian .... visual development artist
Takao Noguchi .... associate character designer
Armand Serrano .... environmental designer
Armand Serrano .... visual development
Noelle Triaureau .... visual development artist
Raffaello Vecchione .... sculptor
Jessica Berri .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Harald Kraut .... lead layout artist (uncredited)
Ernie Rinard .... visual development (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ulrika Akander .... adr editor
Ulrika Akander .... dialogue editor
Panos Asimenios .... dubbing supervisor
Michael J. Benavente .... supervising adr & dialogue editor
Sarah Bourgeois .... assistant sound editor
Brad Brock .... foley mixer
Michael Broomberg .... foley artist (as Michael J. Broomberg)
Kath Cuéllar Burns .... sound recordist: additional
Matthew P. Hanson .... assistant sound editor (as Matt Hanson)
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Jason King .... supervising foley editor
Tateum Kohut .... sound re-recording mixer
Howard London .... original dialogue mixer
Martin Lopez .... sound designer (as Martin J. Lopez)
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Steven Ticknor .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Ticknor .... supervising sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Mir Z. Ali .... technical director: SPI
Bill Anastas .... digital production manager
Andrew Anderson .... character setup technical director
John B. Anderson .... senior shader writer
Jesse Andrewartha .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing
Ray Arnett .... character animator
Steve Avoujageli .... effects animator
Leslie Baker .... senior technical director: lighting and compositing
James Bancroft .... character set up
Joachim Barnreuther .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing
Kelly Barschig .... recruiter: SPI
Lynn Basas .... senior technical director: lighting and compositing, SPI
James Battersby .... visual development artist
Jean-Paul Beaulieu .... lighting & compositing
Jean-Paul Beaulieu .... look development technical director
Jeff Benjamin .... senior production services technician
John Bevelheimer .... matte painter
Steven Blakey .... visual effects animation lead (as Steve Blakey)
Christopher Blazick .... senior production services technician
David Bleich .... matte painting supervisor (as David R. Bleich)
Jorge Bobadilla Jr. .... technical director: lighting and compositing (as Jorge Bobadilla)
Scott Bogoniewski .... lighting technical director: SPI
Chris Bolwyn .... technical director: hair and feathers
Erik J. Borzi .... senior technical director: lighting & compositing, SPI
Todd Boyce .... effects animator
Jamaal Bradley .... character animator
Rob Bredow .... visual effects supervisor
Suzy Brown .... texture painter
Max Bruce .... digital artist
Ron Bublitz .... character pipeline technical director
John Butiu .... senior character modeler: SPI
Grady Campbell .... lighting technical director
Stephen Candell .... character setup lead
Georgia Cano .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing
Deborah Carlson .... effects animation lead: SPI
Onny P. Carr .... look development lead (as Onny Carr)
Onny P. Carr .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing (as Onny Carr)
Brian Casper .... hair/feathers technical director
Oscar G. Castillo .... technical director: hair and feathers (as Oscar Castillo)
Laurent Charbonnel .... lead shader writer
François Chardavoine .... software engineer: SPI
Alan Chen .... look development technical director
Alan Chen .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing
Joong-ryang Choi .... hair/feathers technical director (as Joong Choi)
Kyudon Choi .... character setup technical director
Amy Christensen .... lighting artist
Benjamin Cinelli .... senior character animator
John Clark .... layout artist
John Clark .... lead animator
Michael Condro .... layout
David Conlon .... technical director: lighting and compositing
Bertrand Cordier .... senior lighting technical director: SPI
Matt Cordner .... effects animation lead
J.C. Cornwell .... digital trainer
J.D. Cowles .... compositing supervisor
Garrett Cox .... visual effects
Robert W. Crain .... senior lighting and compositing technical director
Jennifer Cranfill .... development specialist
Jeff Croke .... animator
Sumit Das .... character pipeline supervisor
David R. Davies .... effects animation lead
Justin Diamond .... environment modeler
Joe DiCesare .... matte painter (as Joseph DiCesare)
Danny Dimian .... computer graphics supervisor
R. Stirling Duguid .... computer graphics supervisor: SPI
Frederic Durand .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing (as Frederick Durand)
Noel Eaton .... senior production services technician
Keridan Elliott .... character setup lead
Kent Estep .... digital effects artist
Patrick Finley .... digital effects artist: lighting and compositing
Jack Finlin .... animation coordinator
Darren P. Fisher .... technical director: lighting & compositing (as Darren Fisher)
Michael Ford .... character setup supervisor
Jenny Fulle .... visual effects executive producer
Jason Galeon .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing
Christopher Otto Gallagher .... animation technical director: SPI
Gregory Galliani .... lead environmental modeler: SPI (as Greg Galliani)
Jonathan Garcia .... senior production services technician (as Jonathan F. Garcia)
Maria Giannakouros .... software developer: SPI
Shane Glading .... lighting technical director
Rick Glenn .... visual effects: Senior character animator
Rick Glenn .... visual effects: animator
David Godwin .... technical director: lighting and compositing
Ramiro Gomez .... character setup technical director
Allen Gonzales .... matte painter
Juan Gonzalez .... layout artist
Amy R. Gordon .... visual effects coordinator
Dipankar Goswamy .... effects animator
Dipankar Goswamy .... visual effects senior technical director
Victor Grant .... effects animator
Svetla Gressak .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing
Kevin T. Hahn .... look development technical director
Brian Hall .... software engineer
Brian Hamblin .... technical manager: SPI
Dae-Ho Han .... animation support
John H. Han .... effects animator (as John H. Han)
Todd Hara .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing (as Todd T. Hara)
Matthew Hausman .... effects animation supervisor (as Matt Hausman)
Alan Hawkins .... character animator
Ryan Heniser .... shader writer (as Ryan S. Heniser)
Karl Herbst .... lead lighting artist
Karl Herbst .... look development lead
Nicole Herr .... digital character animator: SPI
Nick Hiatt .... matte painter: SPI
Nick Hiatt .... texture painter: SPI
Andrew Hofman .... effects animator
Matt Hollingsworth .... texture painter: Sony Pictures Animation
Carl Hooper .... effects animation supervisor
Ryan Hopkins .... senior effects technical director
Dave R. Howe .... senior technical director: color and lighting
Walter F. Hyneman .... additional computer graphics supervisor
Rod Ibanez .... hair/feathers lead technical director (as Rodrigo Ibanez)
Adriana Jaroszewicz .... training and artist development
Ian Jenkins .... digital artist: lighting and compositing, SPI
Kevin J. Jolly .... visual effects editor: SPI
Kurt Judson .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing
Chris Juen .... digital producer
Nori Kaneko .... motion graphics
Nori Kaneko .... texture paint lead
Moon-Jung Kang .... lead character modeler (as Moon Jung Kang)
Miku Kayama .... senior color and lighting technical director
Jeffrey Kember .... effects animator
Marvin Kim .... modeling supervisor
Seunghyuk Kim .... effects animator (as Seung Hyuk Kim)
Michael Kimmel .... senior character animator
Tom Kluyskens .... effects animation lead
Stephen Kowalski .... senior systems architect
Keiko Koyama .... digital effects animation coordinator: SPI
Zsolt Krajcsik .... effects animator
Zsolt Krajcsik .... senior technical director
Daniel Kramer .... computer graphics supervisor
Piotrek Krawczyk .... look development technical director
Michael Kuehn .... character setup technical director
Luis Labrador .... senior character modeler: SPI
Kenny Lam .... senior technical director: lighting and compositing, SPI
Lea Lambert .... lighting associate production manager
Mike Lasker .... technical director: lighting and compositing (as Michael Lasker)
Dan Lavender .... color & lighting artist
Nicola Lavender .... senior technical director: color and lighting
Aaron M. Lawn .... shader writer (as Aaron Lawn)
E.J. Lee .... effects animator
Hae-Jeon Lee .... visual effects
John J.S. Lee .... lighting technical director: SPI (as John J. Lee)
Richard Lee .... environmental modeler
Carlos D. Lemus .... effects animator (as Carlos Donis Lemus)
Daniel Leung .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing
Fredrik Limsater .... effects animator
Robin A. Linn .... director of animation production
Kimberley Liptrap .... senior technical director: color & lighting
Tim Llewellyn .... senior technical director: color and lighting
Christine Lo .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing (as Christine J. Lo)
Franklin Londin .... digital effects animator
Jason Madsen .... senior production services technician
Joe Mandia .... senior character animator
Justin Marshall .... environmental modeler
Stephen Marshall .... effects animation lead
Andres Martinez .... digital artist
Wendy Mashburn .... digital production management: SPI
Lauren Matheson .... lead production services technician
Steve Matson .... matte painter
Shannon McGee .... senior technical director: color & lighting
Paul McGhee .... digital intermediate colorist
Gustav Melich .... effects animator
Gustav Melich .... senior technical director: SPI
Erick Miller .... lead character technical director: Wave System, SPI
Lucas Miller .... software engineer
Sosh Mirsepassi .... software engineer
Evangeline Monroy .... lighting associate production manager
Troy Moore .... senior production services technician
Hiroshi Mori .... rough layout artist/animatic
Frank Mueller .... character pipeline
Michael Muir .... technical director: Sony
Enrique Munoz .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing
Raj Naiksatam .... senior technical director
Daniel Naulin .... effects animator (as Daniel Patrick Naulin)
Kerry Nordquist .... texture painter
Miguel Oaxaca .... lighting associate production manager (as Miguel A. Oaxaca)
Erik Ober .... look development technical director
Erik Ober .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing
Carolyn Oros .... character pipeline
Siegfried Ostertag .... effects animator
Andrea Lackey Pace .... manager of production services
Keith Paciello .... animator
Ivo Panayotov .... robot technician
John Edgar Park .... digital trainer
Brett Paton .... character animator
Carlos Pedroza .... technical director: layout
Debra Peri .... effects animator (as Mark Story)
Jeffrey Pohl .... associate production manager
Jayson Price .... senior character animator
Thomas Pushpathadam .... effects animator (as Tom Pushpathadam)
Winston Quitasol .... lighting technical director/compositor: SPI
Matthew Rampias .... technical director: lighting & compositing
J. Robert Ray .... software engineering
Gregory Wade Reynolds .... effects animator
Sam Richards .... pipeline architect
Brian Ripley .... digital texture painter (as Brian F. Ripley)
Terrence Robertson-Fall .... character pipeline
Gwendelyn Robson .... animator
Saba Rofchaei .... technical director: hair and feather (as Saba Roufchaie)
Brendan T. Ryan .... digital production coordinator (as Brendan Ryan)
Mike Sandrik .... lighting lead (as Michael Sandrik)
Mike Sandrik .... look development lead (as Michael Sandrik)
David Schaub .... senior supervising animator: SPI
Jeff Schu .... animator: SPI
Sande Scoredos .... training & artist development
Brian D. Scott .... character animator
Jeremy Selan .... software engineer
Mathew Selby .... software engineer
Priyes Shah .... digital effects artist: lighting and compositing
Keith Sintay .... senior animator
Joseph Slomka .... color scientist
Douglas James Smith .... look development lead
Jeremy Squires .... effects animator
David Stodolny .... senior character animator
Sungwook Su .... visual effects
Lisa Suzuki .... layout lead
Jonathan Swartz .... senior production services technician
Kenji Sweeney .... lighting & compositing
Kenji Sweeney .... look development lead
Eric Tablada .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing
Aaron Tankenson .... recruiter: SPI
Joseph Thomas .... layout artist
Mary Rachel Thompson .... animation production manager
Peter Tieryas .... character setup technical director (as Peter Samuel Tieryas)
Daniele Tosti .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing
Noelle Triaureau .... matte painter
Paula Tudorof .... lighting associate production manager
Beth Tyszkiewicz .... effects animation coordinator
Gaston Ugarte .... environmental modeler
Pete Upson .... layout artist
Jeff Vacanti .... animator
Bert Van Brande .... CG supervisor
Dana Vanhove .... digital production management
Henry Vera .... pipeline supervisor
Christopher Wachter .... effects animator (as Chris Wachter)
Christopher Walsh .... character animator
Victor Wang .... software engineer: SPI
Mike Webster .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing
Barry Weiss .... senior staff member
Barry Weiss .... senior staff: SPI
Craig Welsh .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing
Mark Wendell .... senior technical director: color and lighting
Dan Weston .... software engineer
Sean White .... technical director: hair and feather
Alex Whitney .... animator
Guy Wiedmann .... visual effects editor
Jeff Willette .... effects animator
Aaron Wilson .... effects animator
Matthew Kiyoshi Wong .... effects animator
Michael Yazijian .... texture painter: Sony Pictures Animation (as Mike Yazijian)
Doug Yoshida .... senior technical director: lighting and compositing (as Douglas Yoshida)
Melva Young .... visual effects artist: lighting and compositing
Mitch Zeitlin .... video editorial coordinator: SPI
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Fellman .... still photographer
 
Animation Department
Hunter Athey .... animator
Anders J.L. Beer .... senior animator
Joshua Beveridge .... animator (as Josh Beveridge)
Jamaal Bradley .... animator
Cody Cameron .... story artist
Brian A. Coffee .... supervising technical animator
Michael Condro .... layout artist
Stefaan Contreras .... technical animator
Jeff Croke .... animator (as Jeffrey Croke)
James Crossley .... animator
Sylvain Deboissy .... character designer
Renato Dos Anjos .... supervising animator
Jason Doss .... pipeline technical director
Mark R.R. Farquhar .... animator
Jack Finlin .... animation coordinator
Allen Foster .... layout artist
Robert Fox .... animator
Kevin Freeman .... animator
Derek Friesenborg .... animator
Rick Glenn .... animator
Ramiro Camilo Gomez .... technical director
Steven Pierre Gordon .... animator
Bill Haller .... animator
Dave Hardin .... character animator
Jordan Harris .... animator
Steve Harwood .... animator
Nicole Herr .... animator
Seth Hippen .... animator
Ethan Hurd .... animator
Chris Hurtt .... supervising animator
Kaan Kalyon .... story artist
Michael Kimmel .... animator
Michael Kuehn .... character technical director
Eric Lees .... animator
Jason Lethcoe .... story artist
Jeff Lin .... animator
Joe Mandia .... animator
Gavin Moran .... animator
Dani Morrow .... layout artist
Matthew J. Munn .... animator
Peter Nash .... supervising animator
Carolyn Oros .... character pipeline
Patrick Osborne .... animator
Keith Paciello .... animator
Brett Paton .... animator
Kris Pearn .... story artist
Christopher Poplin .... rough layout artist
Jayson Price .... animator
Andreas Procopiou .... animator
Patrick G. Ramos .... animation associate production manager
Tim Ranck .... animator
Jeff Ranjo .... head of story
Gwendelyn Robson .... animator
Sandra Ryan-Moran .... animator
Denis Samoilov .... animator
Denis Samoilov .... senior animator
Henry Sato Jr. .... animator
Jeff Schu .... animator
Brian D. Scott .... animator (as Brian Scott)
Sue Hyunsook Shim .... animator
Keith Sintay .... animator (as Keith A. Sintay)
Ron Smith .... animator
Miles Southan .... animator
Chad Stewart .... supervising animator
David Stodolny .... animator
Jeff Vacanti .... animator
Pepe Valencia .... animator
Roger Vizard .... animator
Michael C. Walling .... animator
Christopher Walsh .... animator
Larry White .... animator
Alex Whitney .... animator
Dougg Williams .... animator
James C.J. Williams .... layout supervisor
John Wong .... animator
Katie Cheang .... animator (uncredited)
James Chiang .... animator (uncredited)
Claudio de Oliveira .... animation intern (uncredited)
Sebastian Kapijimpanga .... animator (uncredited)
Matthew W. Taylor .... story artist (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Mickie McGowan .... adr voice casting
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Lily Andres .... second assistant editor
James Bluma .... assistant editor
Sean Dowey .... editorial intern
Anthony Durazzo .... first assistant editor
Noah Gift .... avid engineer
Tarsus Jackson .... editorial production coordinator
Steven Liu .... associate editor
Royce Smith .... film color timer
Mark Yeager .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Chris Clad .... violin
Mychael Danna .... orchestrator
Nicholas Dodd .... conductor
Nicholas Dodd .... orchestrator
Vic Fraser .... music preparation
Isobel Griffiths .... music contractor
Brad Haehnel .... score mixer
Russ Howard III .... music programmer
Jen Monnar .... music editor
Sheri Ozeki .... music editor
Darian Pollard .... music supervisor
Liza Richardson .... music supervisor
Rob Simonsen .... composer: additional music
Bruce White .... viola
 
Other crew
Lia Abbate .... production coordinator
Dana Belben .... script supervisor
John Charles .... software manager: Sony DAC
Jason Cooper .... assistant to directors
Tova Dann .... assistant: Mr. Heder
Gale De Los Santos .... digital resource technician
Noel Eaton .... senior production services technician
Miguel Gardo .... production assistant
David Hail .... publicist
Nate Hopper .... senior creative executive
Michael Killoren .... layout production coordinator
Nicole Koop .... assistant accountant
Laura M. Meredith .... intern: visual development
Marc Ostroff .... production accountant
Lu Kondor .... technical writer (uncredited)
Karen N. Sickles .... recruiter (uncredited)
Jessica E. Smialek .... post production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Roger Allers .... special thanks
Jill Culton .... special thanks
Phil Lord .... special thanks
Christopher Miller .... special thanks (as Chris Miller)
Errol Morris .... special thanks
Stuart Sumida .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor
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Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (all jurisdictions) | Chile:TE | Denmark:A | Finland:S | Germany:0 | Ireland:G | Italy:T | Malaysia:U | Mexico:AA | Netherlands:AL | Norway:A | Portugal:M/4 (dubbed version) | Portugal:M/6 (original version) | Singapore:G | South Africa:A | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:0 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:0 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:GP | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #41481)

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Trivia:
The last film to be released in 8-channel (7.1) Sony Dynamic Digital Sound (SDDS). All subsequent SDDS releases used the standard 6-channel (5.1) sound mix found in most films.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: 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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Soundtrack:
Urubu No TelhadoSee more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Dances all over Happy Feet!, 15 August 2007
Author: Simon Parker from United Kingdom

What is it with this sudden surge of penguin movies appearing? Or penguins appearing in movies? I've always found watching penguins on real life TV programmes to be very entertaining because they just seem, well there's no other word for it, cute. But just recently Hollywood has seemed to start to overuse them a tiny bit. March of the Penguins I suppose really kicked it all off. I can't see what all the fuss was about that documentary and quite why it was the success it was. But it was an interesting movie. Then came along Madagascar, while admittedly not completely about penguins the penguins that did feature were undoubtedly the best things in the entire movie. Since then penguin items, TV shows and penguins on our screens have been appearing like crazy. It reached its pinnacle in my eyes last year when Happy Feet arrived on our big screens. Now I really wanted to love Happy Feet, when I first watched it I actually did adore it. But after multiple viewings I realised something, it was actually pretty boring, and way too depressing at times for my liking. Its animations was beautiful, but it just didn't live up to its potential. When the first trailers for Surf's Up arrived I didn't know what to make of it. Dancing penguins is one things, surfing penguins is just plain ludicrous. I felt like Sony were merely cashing in on this penguin phenomenon. So what a pleasant surprise to find that Surf's Up is not only a movie that'll appeal to both kids and adults, but also the best animated movie of the year so far! The fact that its a surfing penguin movie didn't make it as good as it is, no the movie succeeds for daring to try something different. A mockumentary style movie somewhat reminiscent of Creature Comforts, trust me if you like Creature Comforts you will adore this movie. The script is well written, the voice cast absolutely brilliant, hell even the animation surprised me for being very well done. If it has one fault its that its obligatory sentimental streak felt a little bit too forced for my liking. Nevertheless this is a small fault in an otherwise enjoyable and very well made animated movie.

The voice cast of the movie are particularly brilliant. Shia Labeouf leads the cast as surfer wannabe Cody. Labeouf was until recently one of the few actors I could not stand to see on a screen. My past experiences with him on movies were usually films that cast him as the annoying kid. For this reason I couldn't stand him. However, then he starred in Transformers and changed my mind completely. He is actually a great actor, he can deliver a joke easily, he's easily likable and he just does everything in such a great way. This shines through again with his performance here, and because of his work in this movie I would be quite happy to see him lead another animated movie some time in the future. His character is always funny, he definitely gets some of the best lines and moments in the movie. Jeff Bridges is pretty good in his role, he works best in the funny moments of the films, when it comes to the sentimental stuff I just found his voice work to be not as good. Jon Heder almost runs off with the movie as Chicken Joe, who got the biggest laugh from the audience. Zooey Deschanel was average I suppose, her character deals more with the icky stuff towards the end than the great comedy stuff. James Woods seems to be having a great time as Reggie, he also gets some great comedy moments.

The actual comedy side of Surf's Up is perhaps the movie greatest success. The mockumentary style allows us to see a different way of making animated movies. The movie of course has to switch to a more movie-ish feel at some points, its in these moments the movie isn't at its best. Whenever they're doing the documentary style the movie is as perfect as you could hope for. Meeting Cody's family at the beginning is pretty hilarious, and meeting all the other supporting characters, especially Tank who has the best scene of the movie with his trophies, is definitely the movies highlights. If you are planning to see this I highly suggest you watch the characters in the background more so than the characters in the foreground, they made me laugh all the time to see them waving at the camera or pulling faces behind the other characters backs. Chicken Joe is definitely best comically, the best scene with him involves a hot tub and the natives, its pretty hilarious, a shame most of the joke is ruined in the trailers.

So what are the negatives of the movie then? Well I suppose if I look at this from a kids point of view then I realise that there are a lot of jokes that might leave the kids a bit cold. The kids will still be entertained for the majority of the movie, especially during the very cool looking surfing sequences, but some of the humour is more directly aimed at adults than anyone else. Also the sentimentality factor obviously starts to kick in towards the end. While its never sickly like a lot of other animated movies are, it still feels a tad forced. I wish for once we could have a kids movie without all the obligatory kiss and make up feel at the end of it. Why can't everyone just still hate each other or something like that? Anyway the sentimentality never makes the film bad at all, its still a great movie.

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Anyone hear of a 3D Blu-Ray release? mjvocke-537-864582
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