Oddball

Oddball

Oddball

Family film about a dog - Oddball - tasked with protecting the penguin population of Western Australia's Middle Island from fox attacks. Based on a true story.

To save his daughter's job and keep her from moving away, an eccentric chicken farmer (Shane Jacobson) teams up with his granddaughter to implement his controversial idea — to protect an endangered penguin colony using a troublemaking dog.

2015Rating: G95 minsAustralia
Kids & Family

Streaming (3 Providers)

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

Think Free Willy – only with a dog, a cute kid, an eccentric grandpa, and fairy penguins in place of a whale. It’s good, clean, old-fashioned family fun. No spaceships, superheroes, heavy-handed CGI or cars that turn into robots. Just lots of heart and little blue penguins. It’s a tall tale based on the true story of eccentric Australian chicken farmer, Allan ‘Swampy’ Marsh, and his smarter-than-her-years granddaughter, Olivia, (a delightful double-act by Shane Jacobson and Coco Jack Gillies).

3.0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Stuart McDonald injects humour and heart into the tale, while Peter Ivan's script is contained and concise.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Some kinks in the writing notwithstanding, Oddball is fun and thoughtfully minded, with a sweet charm that endears from the get-go.

3.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Unfortunately, they appear to have lost sight of the golden rule for family movies of this type, which is to keep the focus squarely on the animals or, failing that, on the kids.

Stuff

Stuff

press

Well made, efficiently written and its heart is in exactly the right place.

4.0
Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

The success of the film as a completely accessible little crowd-pleaser owes much to the efforts of Shane Jacobson.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Oddball's brand of fun-with-heart will hopefully click with local kids and their parents too.

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

Think Free Willy – only with a dog, a cute kid, an eccentric grandpa, and fairy penguins in place of a whale. It’s good, clean, old-fashioned family fun. No spaceships, superheroes, heavy-handed CGI or cars that turn into robots. Just lots of heart and little blue penguins. It’s a tall tale based on the true story of eccentric Australian chicken farmer, Allan ‘Swampy’ Marsh, and his smarter-than-her-years granddaughter, Olivia, (a delightful double-act by Shane Jacobson and Coco Jack Gillies).

3.0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

Stuart McDonald injects humour and heart into the tale, while Peter Ivan's script is contained and concise.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Some kinks in the writing notwithstanding, Oddball is fun and thoughtfully minded, with a sweet charm that endears from the get-go.

3.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Unfortunately, they appear to have lost sight of the golden rule for family movies of this type, which is to keep the focus squarely on the animals or, failing that, on the kids.

Stuff

Stuff

press

Well made, efficiently written and its heart is in exactly the right place.

4.0
Herald Sun

Herald Sun

press

The success of the film as a completely accessible little crowd-pleaser owes much to the efforts of Shane Jacobson.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Oddball's brand of fun-with-heart will hopefully click with local kids and their parents too.