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Surf's Up (2007)

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A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick.

Directors:

Ash Brannon, Chris Buck

Writers:

Don Rhymer (screenplay by), Ash Brannon (screenplay by) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ash Brannon ... Filmmaker (voice)
Chris Buck ... Filmmaker (voice)
Brian Posehn ... Glen Maverick (voice)
Dana Belben Dana Belben ... Edna Maverick (voice) (as Dana L. Belben)
Reed Buck Reed Buck ... Arnold (voice)
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Storyline

This story follows a teenage rock hopper penguin named Cody Maverick from his hometown of Shiverpool, Antarctica, where all of the other penguins think he's nothing but a surfing fool, to the "Big Z Memorial Surf Off" on Pen Gu Island. Young Cody is determined to win the most important competition in the world of penguin surfing in honor of "Big Z," a deceased surfing legend whom he has idolized since childhood. But the waves in Pen Gu are different than in Shiverpool, and the competition is steep. The current champ, egotistical Tank Evans, isn't just about to let this little penguin knock him from first place without a fight. When Cody wipes out and encounters Geek, a recluse aging former surfer, living in the jungle, he learns some important lessons about life and surfing, and even teaches Geek a thing or two. Written by Anthony Pereyra (hypersonic91@yahoo.com)

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In the coldest place on Earth, he's the hottest thing around. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Writer Christopher Jenkins originally conceived the film as a darkly comedic take on "Romeo & Juliet" with penguins. See more »

Goofs

When Cody faces off against Tank for the first time, Cody takes a wipe-out. We then see a few instant replays. On the second and third replay, we see Tank leaving the tube. One the fourth, however, he doesn't leave the tube. 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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Crazy Credits

Look out right during the end credits with Edna and Glen Maverick (Cody's brother and mother) and the film crew, Edna is kept said, "We could be more like Cody?" and Glen said, "When the credits is over" then the credits begin. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Crowded: Amongst the Waves (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Steel Guitar Blues
Written and Performed by Roy Acuff
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

 
I loved this movie!
9 June 2007 | by remanifestSee all my reviews

As an old surfer, and a lover of penguins, I was totally PUMPED for this movie! So I went out to see it last night, and I laughed several times. One of the most awesome things to me, was how Big Z encompassed the ideal of just having fun and letting everything go while you surf. You've got to watch it to see that, but really, this movie is spectacular. The animation is great, the characters develop nicely, and the "documentary" format adds to the humor aspect of it.

I don't know about the comparisons to Happy Feet, but it seems rather weird to get all upset because there's another penguin movie out on the market. Bottom line, for me, is that this movie was very fun to watch, and I thought it had some classic bits of humor. It may be a bit too much for some younger kids, but it was great for me. I loved this movie!


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,640,249, 10 June 2007

Gross USA:

$58,867,694

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,005,713
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Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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