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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?


Not counting the film's deleted sequence in the beach location, the "Helpless, Hopeless Romantic" song, this is Don Bluth's second and last film to not feature any humans since The Land Before Time (1988). See more »


During the musical number "Good Ship Misery" there are a few shots where the entire chorus is sliding back and forth on a raft of sorts, and there are several seconds of the background singers being completely inanimate, simply sitting there frozen in place. 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 »


Spoofed in Happy Feet (2006) See more »


Sometimes I Wonder
Music by Barry Manilow
Lyrics by Bruce Sussman
Performed by Martin Short
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An improvement over Thumbelina and Troll In Central Park!
2 February 2018 | by Animany94See all my reviews

I had heard a lot of bad things about Don Bluth's movies from the 90's and sure Thumbelina, Rock-a-Doodle and Troll in Central Park are bad, but I found Pebble and the Penguin okay. Not at all near his masterpieces from the 80's which I simply love, but okay.

Tim Curry is the highlight of the movie, because it's Tim Curry, c'mon. He is the ultimate voice of a bad-guy and an amazing singer too! His song, "Don't Make Me Laugh", was bad-ass even though it sort of came out of nowhere.

I like the other characters as well. Martin Short did a good job as the introverted and shy Hubie and Annie Golden voiced Marina very well and sincerely and gave us a beautiful song. My least favourite was actually Rocko, he was meant to be this grumpy penguin, but I found that he was a constant asshole being passive-aggressive towards Hubie. But he is not totally one-dimensional, because he changes as the movie progresses and teaches Hubie some lessons too.

The animation had a lot to it. It changed a lot throughout the movie, but mostly it fit the scenes. The music was pretty good too and I don't get why many people say that there are too many songs. They were catchy and well sung. A certain improvement after Thumbelina and Troll.

Tim Curry's character's design was a little stupid, because a penguin on steroids is a little far-fetched to be honest. That was what he looked like, but he was entertaining and that is enough.

In general, an underrated film that will amuse the kids and maybe adults' eyes will get caught by certain aspects of it.

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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

Gross USA:


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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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