Surf's Up

2007

Animation / Comedy

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IMDb Rating 6.7

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Simon Parker 8/10

What is it with this sudden surge of penguin movies appearing? Orpenguins appearing in movies? I&#39;ve always found watching penguins onreal life TV programmes to be very entertaining because they just seem,well there&#39;s no other word for it, cute. But just recently Hollywoodhas seemed to start to overuse them a tiny bit. March of the Penguins Isuppose really kicked it all off. I can&#39;t see what all the fuss wasabout that documentary and quite why it was the success it was. But itwas an interesting movie. Then came along Madagascar, while admittedlynot completely about penguins the penguins that did feature wereundoubtedly the best things in the entire movie. Since then penguinitems, TV shows and penguins on our screens have been appearing likecrazy. It reached its pinnacle in my eyes last year when Happy Feetarrived on our big screens. Now I really wanted to love Happy Feet,when I first watched it I actually did adore it. But after multipleviewings I realised something, it was actually pretty boring, and waytoo depressing at times for my liking. Its animations was beautiful,but it just didn&#39;t live up to its potential. When the first trailersfor Surf&#39;s Up arrived I didn&#39;t know what to make of it. Dancingpenguins is one things, surfing penguins is just plain ludicrous. Ifelt like Sony were merely cashing in on this penguin phenomenon. Sowhat a pleasant surprise to find that Surf&#39;s Up is not only a moviethat&#39;ll appeal to both kids and adults, but also the best animatedmovie of the year so far! The fact that its a surfing penguin moviedidn&#39;t make it as good as it is, no the movie succeeds for daring totry something different. A mockumentary style movie somewhatreminiscent of Creature Comforts, trust me if you like CreatureComforts you will adore this movie. The script is well written, thevoice cast absolutely brilliant, hell even the animation surprised mefor being very well done. If it has one fault its that its obligatorysentimental streak felt a little bit too forced for my liking.Nevertheless this is a small fault in an otherwise enjoyable and verywell made animated movie.<br><br>The voice cast of the movie are particularly brilliant. Shia Labeoufleads the cast as surfer wannabe Cody. Labeouf was until recently oneof the few actors I could not stand to see on a screen. My pastexperiences with him on movies were usually films that cast him as theannoying kid. For this reason I couldn&#39;t stand him. However, then hestarred in Transformers and changed my mind completely. He is actuallya great actor, he can deliver a joke easily, he&#39;s easily likable and hejust does everything in such a great way. This shines through againwith his performance here, and because of his work in this movie Iwould be quite happy to see him lead another animated movie some timein the future. His character is always funny, he definitely gets someof the best lines and moments in the movie. Jeff Bridges is pretty goodin his role, he works best in the funny moments of the films, when itcomes to the sentimental stuff I just found his voice work to be not asgood. Jon Heder almost runs off with the movie as Chicken Joe, who gotthe biggest laugh from the audience. Zooey Deschanel was average Isuppose, her character deals more with the icky stuff towards the endthan the great comedy stuff. James Woods seems to be having a greattime as Reggie, he also gets some great comedy moments.<br><br>The actual comedy side of Surf&#39;s Up is perhaps the movie greatestsuccess. The mockumentary style allows us to see a different way ofmaking animated movies. The movie of course has to switch to a moremovie-ish feel at some points, its in these moments the movie isn&#39;t atits best. Whenever they&#39;re doing the documentary style the movie is asperfect as you could hope for. Meeting Cody&#39;s family at the beginningis pretty hilarious, and meeting all the other supporting characters,especially Tank who has the best scene of the movie with his trophies,is definitely the movies highlights. If you are planning to see this Ihighly suggest you watch the characters in the background more so thanthe characters in the foreground, they made me laugh all the time tosee them waving at the camera or pulling faces behind the othercharacters backs. Chicken Joe is definitely best comically, the bestscene with him involves a hot tub and the natives, its prettyhilarious, a shame most of the joke is ruined in the trailers.<br><br>So what are the negatives of the movie then? Well I suppose if I lookat this from a kids point of view then I realise that there are a lotof jokes that might leave the kids a bit cold. The kids will still beentertained for the majority of the movie, especially during the verycool looking surfing sequences, but some of the humour is more directlyaimed at adults than anyone else. Also the sentimentality factorobviously starts to kick in towards the end. While its never sicklylike a lot of other animated movies are, it still feels a tad forced. Iwish for once we could have a kids movie without all the obligatorykiss and make up feel at the end of it. Why can&#39;t everyone just stillhate each other or something like that? Anyway the sentimentality nevermakes the film bad at all, its still a great movie.

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Reviewed by DICK STEEL 8/10

It&#39;s easy to roll your eyes when you see yet another animated moviestarring talking animals, and what more, talking penguins. Guess youcan credit the popularity of our feathered friends from down south toaward winning films like the documentary which started it all, March ofthe Penguins, and the other animated movies Madagascar (where they werescene stealers) and Happy Feet. But before you actually decide to passon this one, Surf&#39;s Up a surprisingly refreshing tale set in the brightsunny beaches with laid back &quot;dude&quot; attitude, which doesn&#39;t seem to trytoo hard to please, and comes up just about right.<br><br>One of the good things about the movie is the voice talent featured.Like Happy Feet, it contains some recognizable names, but just as areminder to our Legend of the Sea friends, big names doesn&#39;tnecessarily equate to good voice acting. Shia LeBeouf (a name which wewill see quite frequently over the next few months with Transformersand Disturbia) gets the lead role of Cody Maverick, a surfer penguinwannabe who dreams of making it big in the surfing community. His idolis Big Z (Jeff Bridges), a world champion who had made an impression ona young Cody. However, Big Z is presumed missing in action during onecompetition, and the new world champion, Tank Evans (Diedrich Bader)looks set to retain his status for the umpteenth time.<br><br>The supporting characters too are a delight, with Zooey Deschanel as aBaywatch lifeguard babe and James Woods as a sports tzar, and Jon Hedercontinues his stereotype by playing Cody&#39;s new best friend Chicken Joe,a chilled out surfing chicken who finds himself at probably the wrongplace each time and associating with the wrong species.<br><br>What made this movie work is that the filmmakers recognize they have tocome up with a narrative style that is different in order to engage,and given that it&#39;s a sports type movie, they went for a sportsentertainment channel style, complete with replicating cameratechniques including details like less than perfect wireless cameratransmissions (love those on-board cameras, nevermind if it doesn&#39;tmake complete sense or is illogical), over the top channel transitionsequences, and you just gotta love those faux pas interviews with justabout every character. If you can&#39;t get enough of baby penguins, thefilmmakers too are shrewd enough to include these crowd favouritecharacters in endearing scenes.<br><br>With Father&#39;s Day mood all round, this movie is apt too for the season,given its theme of family, and bonding with (surrogate) father types.The humour injected ranges wide, from subtle lines and references, tothe more obvious physical slapstick moments. I can&#39;t resist but toagain advise our Legend of the Sea friends, this is what computeranimation is about, with its depiction of photo realistic quality ofthe sun, sand and the sea, with realistic surfer moves, a simple storyyet packed with adequate thematic moments, with song and music thatdon&#39;t irritate, but serve to move the narrative along smartly.<br><br>Recommended animated movie, despite the overused penguin characters.Stay until after the end credits for a short scene (there&#39;s also oneplayed during the credits, so don&#39;t walk out of the hall just yet).

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Reviewed by Joseph Belanger ([email protected]) 8/10

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love me some penguin. Of course, I amreferring to the line of clothing and not the waddling bird.Regardless, I too fell in love with the emperor penguins along with therest of the world a couple of years back when THE MARCH OF THE PENGUINSswept the summer documentary box office. That was the same summer themischievous animated penguins of MADAGASCAR had people begging for more(which they were unfortunately given months later with the dreadfullydrab short, A Christmas CAPER). Penguins were all the rage. Afterwinning the Best Documentary Oscar, the penguin love only continued togrow with the holiday hit, HAPPY FEET. The premise there, afteressentially crafting an animated reenactment of the mating ritualoutlined in the aforementioned documentary, penguins sing to expressthemselves while one dances instead. HAPPY FEET was a big success andwent on to a surprising win for Best Animated Feature at last year&#39;sAcademy Awards. And so the trend continues with another animatedfeature about penguins, SURF&#39;S UP. Only now it may seem the public isgrowing weary of these tuxed-up birds. Perhaps there is only so muchpenguin love to go around. It&#39;s a shame really because SURF&#39;S UP may bethe best of the (animated) bunch.<br><br>To differentiate itself from all the previous penguin fare, SURF&#39;S UP,is constructed as a mockumentary. To capture an on-the-cuff style, aspecial motion capture camera system was mounted to an old Sony videocamera to give the illusion that the movie was shot with a hand-heldcamera. Factor in jump cuts and film scratches from different stocksand you have a style that is both authentic and dynamic. A film crew(voiced by the actual directors, Ash Brannon and Chris Buck) hasdecided to follow an aspiring surfer by the name of Cody Maverick(voiced by Shia LaBeouf) on his journey that begins at his humble homein Shiverpool to the Penguin World Surfing Championship. With blizzardsgusting in the background at home and forestry looking lush and wet atthe championship, SURF&#39;S UP uses nature to not only establish itsfish-out-of-water story but to wow its audience. The beauty of theanimation itself is enough to make SURF&#39;S UP a serious contender comeaward season when the waves of praise come crashing ashore.<br><br>Set amidst these beautiful backdrops is a bevy of lovable, genuinelyhilarious characters. What is perhaps the film&#39;s strongest achievementis the spontaneity it creates in a style that is so meticulouslydesigned and planned. The penguins sincerely seem as if they are oncamera. They are both uncomfortable and candid. At home, Cody issurrounded by his doting, doubtful mother (Dana Belben) and over-sized,pesky brother (Brian Posehn). The tension in this family is palpableand unnervingly funny. En route to the competition, Cody comes intocontact with talent scout, Mikey Abromowitz (Mario Cantone), whoseneurosis run through his head almost as fast as his little bird legsrun on land and an oddball surfer/ rooster named Chicken Joe (JonHeder), who is as laid back (read potentially stoned) as one wouldexpect a surfer to be. Cody is taken under wing by a former surfernamed Geek (Jeff Bridges) once at the competition and their playfulinteractions keep your gliding through to the finals. SURF&#39;S UP packsin more unexpected laughs than one would expect and the fact that theyare unexpected is what makes it so incredible.<br><br>SURF&#39;S UP also makes sure to bang home an important lesson for thekids. After all, this is a summer family film and there needs to be alesson learned. Cody learns a number of things along his way but theyall amount to understanding a thing or two about patience. &quot;Winningisn&#39;t everything&quot; and &quot;There are more important things to life thanwinning&quot; make appearances but what is most important is the philosophythat will help Cody win out overall. Stop fighting and learn to ridethe wave. It is a lesson that even the filmmakers should have heeded asthere are times when the imposing hand of the powers that be can befelt in the film&#39;s construction to ensure it is as marketable aspossible. Oddly placed soundtrack choices and shots that could not havebeen caught by documentary filmmakers undermine the credibility of themockumentary but hardly take away from the fun to be had. SURF&#39;S UPwill surprise you, crack you up and leave you wanting to catch the waveagain and again.<br><br>The only question left to answer is whether polar bears will be oversaturating the marketplace after the people who brought you THE MARCHOF THE PENGUINS bring you AN ARCTIC TALE later this summer.

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