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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
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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


PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

17 September 2015 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Oddball and the Penguins See more »

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original "Oddball" was only on the island for 3 weeks, his successors are to be replaced soon (2018) after 7 years on duty 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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Cute Movie
12 April 2016 | by aligraham-35973See all my reviews

Oddball is very well-written and will keep you engaged throughout! The film has moments of tears and moments of laughter as our hearts all unite to despise the villain and love the hero. Adults and children alike will enjoy this production, and more than likely will identify with one of its diverse lineup of characters who each did a fantastic job portraying their role in the film. Swampy is the widow of a wildlife sanctuary manager and has a daughter, Emily, who is trying deeply to continue her mother's legacy on the Middle Island penguin sanctuary. Her daughter and Swampy's granddaughter, Olivia, is a too cute proponent of saving the penguins and has a sense of vision and optimism that only a child can render. Her and Swampy's beloved dog, Oddball, is the star of her plan. The town's mayor, judge, and city council all play into the roller coaster of events that try to sabotage the preservation of the sanctuary, which has an unlikely villain working to destroy it's existence, and the feel-good outcome.

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