Friday, June 8, 2007


Animated cartoon

One of the little-known species of penguin in the Southern Hemisphere is distinguishable by his small stature and spiky yellow feathers projecting sideways. The explorers who first discovered them were so amused to see the penguins jumping over rocks that they named them the Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome).

Shia LaBeouf: Cody, a teenage penguin
Jeff Bridges: his hero, the famous surfer Big Z
Mario Cantone: a sandpiper, Mikey Abromowitz, surfing talent-scout
James Woods: Mikey’s boss, surf promoter Reggie Belafonte
Zooey Deschanel: beautiful penguin lifeguard Lani Aliikai
Jon Heder: surfing contestant Chicken Joe
Diedrich Bader: reigning surfing champ Tank Evans

They’ve cranked up the technical side of things one more notch with this latest CGI effort. The degree of realism is remarkable, whether it’s the sea and wave action or just the 3-D effect achieved by the subtle play of light.

Although the story is not all that original, it does have a good message to tell. It would have been better if there were a few more jokes along the way because there are very few, apart from a couple of cute moments that will prompt a smile or two.

for mild language (the kind that appeals to kids because they’re not supposed to say those words) and some rude humor (the obligatory potty jokes and crude bodily noises).

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