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The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)

A lovable but introverted penguin named Hubie (Martin Short) plans to present his betrothal pebble to the bird of his dreams.


Don Bluth (uncredited), Gary Goldman (uncredited)


Rachel Koretsky (screenplay), Stephen Whitestone (screenplay) (as Steve Whitestone)
1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Martin Short ... Hubie (voice)
Annie Golden ... Marina (voice)
Jim Belushi ... Rocko (voice) (as James Belushi)
Tim Curry ... Drake (voice)
Alissa King Alissa King ... Petra (voice)
Stevie Vallance Stevie Vallance ... Priscilla / Chinstrap 2 (voice) (as Louise Vallance)
Will Ryan ... Royal / Tika (voice)
Neil Ross ... Scrawny (voice)
Stan Jones ... McCallister (voice)
S. Scott Bullock S. Scott Bullock ... Chubby / Gentoo (voice)
Philip L. Clarke Philip L. Clarke ... King (voice)
Shani Wallis ... Narrator (voice)
B.J. Ward ... Megellenic #1 (voice)
Hamilton Camp ... Megellenic 2 (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angeline Ball ... 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 (Tim Curry) knocks him off the ice, and Hubie (Martin Short) is swept away. Picked up and caged by a ship, he meets the streetwise Rocko (Jim Belushi), 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 <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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The adventure of a lifetime begins with one small pebble.


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Did You Know?


The first theatrical non-anime voice acting appearance for S. Scott Bullock. 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 »


[first lines]
Narrator: There is a charming tradition observed by the Adélie penguins. Once a year, during the mating season, all the male birds gather on the Antarctic beaches, and there, each selects an extraordinary pebble. With pebble in hand, each male presents his precious gift to the lady he most desires. If she accepts it, they mate for life.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

At the end of the 1995 VHS and 1999 DVD releases, right before the starting of the end credits, a text reading "The End" appears for six seconds. On the 2007 DVD and 2011 Blu-ray releases, that text only appears for two seconds. See more »


Referenced in Nostalgia Critic Real Thoughts: Don Bluth's Films (2015) See more »


Sometimes I Wonder
Music by Barry Manilow
Lyrics by Bruce Sussman
Performed by Martin Short
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So lovely!
26 August 2007 | by MightyzebraSee all my reviews

Genre: Penguins, animation.

Main characters: Hubie, Marina, Rocko and Drake the penguins. I feel for most of these characters and I like them very much indeed. I also like Drake, the baddie – but I do not feel for him.

Actors: Martin Short (Hubie), Shani Wallis (Narrator), Annie Golden (Marina), James Belushi (Rocko) and Tim Curry (Drake).

What happens: All of the Adelie penguins on a big iceberg are ready to mate, finding their pebbles to give to the penguin they love so they can mate. There is one rather clumsy and dreamy penguin called Hubie, who is in love with one particular penguin – but someone else loves her as well…

Message: It's not the gifts that you give your love that matter, but the giver.

My thoughts: I like this film rather a lot. I like the actors, the animation, the characters, the songs and the adventure of the story. The jokes are also amusing and I wouldn't be surprised if at least one person who didn't like this film liked at least one joke from it. The actors are well-picked and many people may like this film JUST because of them – as there are many famous ones (including James Belushi and Tim Curry). The animation is good, I especially like the backgrounds – sometimes it seems like you are going across the sea with the penguins! The characters are very lovable and have distinct personalities, not subtle though, which is one slight problem with this film. I especially like the characters of Hubie and Rocko, some may think otherwise. I also really like the songs, there is an amusing one, there are two romance ones and there is one "bad guy song" that we all have to have in a children's film! Well, we don't have to, but "Don't Make Me Laugh" is fun anyway, good singing from Tim Curry. The adventure of the film is very engaging and it keeps you focused on the film.

One thing I am not so keen about this film is that it's pretty average. Average acting – and the plot is quite average. Otherwise – I think this is a very good animated family film!

Recommended to: Families who would like to sit down to a cartoon film (maybe over some Haribo or a box of Popcorn), children who like penguins and cartoon and grown-ups who like penguins and cartoon films. Enjoy! :-)

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Release Date:

12 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Penguin Story See more »


Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,123,041, 16 April 1995

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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