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Oddball (2015)

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An eccentric chicken farmer, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.


Stuart McDonald


Peter Ivan
6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Shane Jacobson ... Swampy Marsh
Sarah Snook ... Emily Marsh
Alan Tudyk ... Bradley Slater
Coco Jack Gillies ... Olivia Marsh
Richard Davies ... Jack Jones
Deborah Mailman ... Mayor Lake / Narrator
Kai Kai ... Oddball
Tegan Higginbotham ... Zoe
Meeko Meeko ... Missy
Chip Chip ... Pocket
Dave Lawson Dave Lawson ... Sergeant Gosch
Edith Edith ... Pocket's Girlfriend
Stinky Stinky ... Fox
Frank Woodley Frank Woodley ... Dog Catcher
Terry Camilleri ... Judge Burns


The true story about an eccentric chicken farmer (Shane Jacobson) who, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks and in the process tries to reunite his family and save their seaside town. Written by Roadshow Films

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Every underdog has his day.


Adventure | Family


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Release Date:

17 September 2015 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Oddball and the Penguins See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Maremma Sheepdogs although very adorable are not good domestic residenital dogs due to their consistant and prolonged barking. See more »


Oddball is pursued in town by the 'Dog Patrol' officer. Australian councils employ Rangers to control animals - roaming dogs, wandering stock, feral cats, etc. - not 'Dog Patrols'. See more »


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Written by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Michael Charles Clark
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A sweet family movie with a great message
11 April 2018 | by ComedyFan2010See all my reviews

The great thing is that it is based on a true story. I have never heard about this before since I live far away from Australia, but there was indeed a chicken farmer who trained his dog to protect penguins from foxes and let the colony flourish.

The movie adds more fictional elements to make it an adventure story. It would be mainly interesting for kids but adults can watch it with them without a problem and enjoy it.

The acting is good. No real overacting as often happens in the genre of family movies. Shane Jacobson is great as a farmer and there is definitely a rising talent there when it comes to the child actress Coco Jack Gillies.

And in addition to humans we also get the pleasure to watch the adorable penguins and the dog in it that add a lot of fun to the movie. And of course it is filmed in the beautiful setting of Australia.

If you have kids I would recommend it. Kids usually love animals and it also has a great message of conservation that may inspire them for the future.

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