Surf’s Up (2007)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 2007.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Animation.  Story by , , Screenplay by , Ash Brannon, Chris Buck, Christopher Jenkins, .  Produced by Christopher Jenkins.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Penguin Cody Maverick () dreams of getting out of his Antarctic town of Shiverpool where no expects him to do anything except take a job working at the fish packing plant with his brother. He loves to surf, dreaming of one day competing at Pin Gu island in the competition named after his now-dead hero Big Z. He finally makes it there, making new friends with a spaced-out chicken (), a lovely penguin lifeguard () and a wise old sage (Jeff Bridges) who gave up the game years ago but is now willing to teach Cody a thing or two. Hilariously enough, the film takes the form of a Bruce Brown-esque documentary, including some really very funny on-camera “interviews” and bits of random humour that emphasize the light, charming quality that is to be enjoyed here. Appealing voice work is another plus (particularly Deschanel and ), and the animation is lovely.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Animated Feature

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