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Rated PG · 85 minutes · 2007
Who knew that penguins were so talented? They can march; they can tap dance; now, they can surf, too. Sony Pictures uses a documentary format to present computer-animated surfing penguins at the Penguin World Surfing Championship. Cameras follow the totally bodacious Cody Maverick (voiced by Shia LeBeouf), living out his dream like his pro-surfer hero Big Z did years ago before his tragic death. Cody is seen befriending a leggy lifeguard penguin (voiced by Zooey Deschanel), a Zen-like big kahuna (voiced by Jeff Bridges) and a mellow surfing chicken (voiced by Jon Heder); hey, this championship doesn’t discriminate between fowl. This simplistic, no-frills production will entertain an easily pleased crowd, while others will yawn at the lightweight script.
Official Site: www.surfsup.com
Director: Ash Brannon and Chris Buck
Writer: Don Rhymer, Ash Brannon, Chris Buck and Christopher Jenkins
Producer: Christopher Jenkins and Jenny Fulle
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel, Jon Heder, James Woods, Diedrich Bader, Mario Cantone, Kelly Slater, Michael McKean, Rob Machado and Sal Masekela

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