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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.

Directors:

Don Bluth (uncredited), Gary Goldman (uncredited)

Writers:

Rachel Koretsky (screenplay), Stephen Whitestone (screenplay) (as Steve Whitestone)
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the beginning when Hubie is singing "Sometimes I Wonder", there are several instances in which the animators did not complete drawing Hubie from the waist down. This is clearly visible in several shots in the bottom of the frame. See more »

Quotes

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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

The 2007 DVD and 2011 Blu-ray releases add the closing MGM logo following the "Distributed by MGM/UA" text. See more »

Connections

Featured in Animation Lookback: Don Bluth Part 5 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Good Ship Misery
Music by Barry Manilow
Lyrics by Bruce Sussman
Performed by Randy Crenshaw, Maggie Roswell, Will Ryan, B.J. Ward, Kevin Bassinson, Hamilton Camp, Stevie Vallance, and Jon Joyce
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A cute penguin movie that has charm despite it's weird story

Looking back at Bluth's previous entries from the 90s, I was beginning to think about what I think about this one. Well, just say that when I was a little kid, I seemed to enjoy it, but as a young adult, I'm gonna call this movie decent. So, some of you are wondering why a 80%? Here's the reason why.

Here are some letdowns.

Letdown #1: The story was just... weird for a movie about penguins despite it's credit for a romance between two main characters. There were some things that were unexplained like "Why do penguins have clothing and hands to begin with?" and "Where did the three non-penguin birds came from?".

and Letdown #2: The songs made by Barry Manilow (despite it's decent music score from Mark Watters) weren't that bad. "Now and Forever" (pop song included), "Sometimes I Wonder" and reprise, which was hear-rendering, and "Don't Make Me Laugh" were enjoyable, but "Good Ship Misery" was badly sung, although "Looks Like I Got Me A Friend" has a decent melody.

That's it for the letdowns. Now for the highlights. The animation is very good, the character designs aren't that bad, and the voice acting is entertaining with the likes of Martin Short, Annie Golden, James Belushi, and Tim Curry. The characters are likable too. Hubie is great and his romance with the beautiful Marina was so sweet and cute altogether. Rocko never fails to amuse me with his comedic moments and his comic-relief voice and the villain named Drake is great and I think that he totally frightened me the first time I saw him as a kid.

So, is this movie weird? Well, kind of, but once you compare it to A Troll In Central Park, it's not a bad movie. It's just a decent and very cute penguin movie and it's worth watching for kids who like decent entertainment.

8/10


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Country:

Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Penguin Story See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,123,041, 16 April 1995

Gross USA:

$3,983,912

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,983,912
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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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