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
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The last film produced at Don Bluth's animation studio in Dublin, Ireland. The studio was acquired by News Corporation, then-parent company of 20th Century Fox, which relocated Bluth and a number of his crew to Phoenix, Arizona to work for Fox Animation Studios, and the Dublin studio subsequently shuttered. 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 »
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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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 »
The full screen version presented on the 1995 VHS is a pan and scan edition. However, the 1999 DVD presents the full screen version as a open matte version, giving more picture on every edge of the screen. See more »
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.
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