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Surf's Up

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Suitable for general audiences.

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This movie is both hearwarming and funny and will be loved by all ages.

Description

Surf’s Up is an animated comedy that delves behind the scenes of the high-octane world of competitive surfing. The film profiles teenage Rockhopper penguin, Cody Maverick (voiced by Shia LaBeouf), an up-and-coming surfer, as he enters his first pro competition. Followed by a camera crew to document his experiences, Cody leaves his family and home in Shiverpool, Antarctica to travel to Pen Gu Island for the Big Z Memorial Surf Off.

Along the way, Cody meets surf nut Chicken Joe (Jon Heder), famous surf promoter Reggie Belafonte (James Woods), surf talent scout Mikey Abromowitz (Mario Cantone), and spirited lifeguard Lani Aliikai (Zooey Deschanel), all of whom recognise Cody’s passion for surfing, even if it sometimes goes too far. Cody believes that winning will bring him the admiration and respect he desire, but when he unexpectedly comes face-to-face with a washed up old surfer named Geek (Jeff Bridges), Cody begins to find his own way, and discovers that a true winner isn’t always the one who comes in first.

Review

"Surf's Up is a computer-animated sports mockumentary about penguin surfing contests, which makes it stand out from the crowd of penguin movies. The story unfolds as it would on ESPN, with interviews (with penguins) overlapping footage of (penguin) surfing action, gradually unveiling the tale of Cody Maverick (voiced by Shia LaBeouf, Holes), a young penguin from Antarctica with dreams of winning a surfing competition--a competition named after his idol, the missing Big Z (Jeff Bridges, The Big Lebowski). But when he joins the competition, Cody finds his zeal for winning may not be enough to defeat the cruel reigning champ, Tank Evans (Diedrich Bader, Grim & Evil). The story of Surf's Up is typical stuff: Youngster learns to value friendship over material success. But the documentary style gives the movie a different rhythm from the usual feature-length cartoon; it stutters and skips around, dithers on side topics, and backtracks to catch up with supporting characters. Some viewers may be annoyed, but others--perhaps the more media-savvy--will find it a refreshing change of pace. (Kids who don't watch much sports, however, may just find it confusing.) Surf's Up also features the voices of James Woods (Hercules), Zooey Deschanel (Elf), and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite). "--Bret Fetzer

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary by Directors Ash Brannon and Chris Buck and Producer Chris Jenkins
  • "The ChubbChubbs" - short film
  • "ChubbChubbs Save Christmas" - short film
  • Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes with Optional Introduction
  • "Surf's Up Voice Sessions" featurette
  • "Not a Drop of Real Water" - behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the movie
  • 4 additional behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • "Make Your Own Surfboard", "Lets Find Cody", "Lava Surf" and "Whale Hopping" - interactive games
  • Plus more…
Release date NZ
January 23rd, 2008
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Brands
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Director
Language
English
Length (Minutes)
85
Studio
Subtitles
English - HI, English
Genre
  • Animation
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9317731050541
Product ID
1551876

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