Surf's Up

Surf's Up

Surf's Up

The little known fact that penguin's have an age-old affection for surfing is explored in this family comedy from Sony Animation (Open Season). Shot in a mock-documentary style, story follows young Cody (voice of Shia LaBeouf) who, inspired by legendary wave rider Big Z (Jeff Bridges), aims for pro competition glory. Jon 'Napoleon Dynamite' Heder plays his pal (a chicken).

2007Rating: G85 minsUSASony Pictures Animation
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Surf's Up / Reviews

Village Voice

Village Voice

If you have to see another penguin blockbuster, you could do worse than this loose-limbed charmer...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Has a friendly, blue-collar vibe (Cody is an ex-fish-sorter from the Shiverpool, Antarctica) and some sly, low-key humor. Nevertheless, a moratorium on penguins might be called for, despite the inevitable anthropomorphic void...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A cheerful and frequently amusing bit of nonsense, which certainly will provoke children into giggles. The film does not measure up to "March of the Penguins" or "Happy Feet," both Oscar-winning efforts. Nor is it trying to...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

This entertaining new film from Sony Pictures Animation is a nice surprise, and the rare mainstream American kid film that makes an effort to try something new, shooting in a faux documentary style that will appeal to more mature crowds...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A clever, delightfully rendered summer diversion...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Chalk this up as a charming computer cartoon, lifted by Bridges’ Lebowski-like performance and a truly funny mockumentary framework...

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BBC

BBC

f the picture fails to provide a plot as diverting as its fly-on-the-wall comedy, Cody's gradual realisation that winning isn't everything being strikingly similar to Lightning McQueen's in Cars, it still offers 85 minutes of spirited, satirical amusement...

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