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Surf's Up [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region Free]

4.3 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Heder
  • Directors: Chris Buck, Ash Brannon
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Dec. 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,469 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf). A stylistically daring CGI feature, Surf's Up is based on the groundbreaking revelation that surfing was actually invented by penguins. In the film, a documentary crew takes audiences behind the scenes and onto the waves during the most competitive, heartbreaking and dangerous display of surfing known to man, the Penguin World Surfing Championship.


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 any sports-channel on TV, with interviews (with penguins) overlapping footage of (penguin) surfing action, gradually unveiling the tale of Cody Maverick (voiced by Shia LaBeouf, Transformers), 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 film 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

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This film is spectacular! It towers high in the animated movies spectrum, way over the likes of Ice Age and the Incredibles. It has everything. A funny premise, hilarious dialogue, and beautiful visual effects. Really, I thought that those were actual waves, as they just looked so realistic. And I loved the documentary style. It really makes it stand out from any other animated movie. The casting is also spectacular. Shia Labeouf is a fabulous Cody Maverick. You can really feel for him when he's trying his hardest to be a surfer, but getting wiped out in the process. And John Heder as Chicken Joe. Fabulous! I really do think this is one of THE best animated movies. In the words of the chicken himself, "I can feel it in my nuggets..."
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I love animated movies. Yes, I'm a big kid at heart and not frightened of admitting it. However, the way things are going in the movie business at the moment, it would be easy to get bored of all these animated movies, particularly as lots of them star talking animals. But as I said, the big kid won over and I thought I'd give this one a spin.

I haven't seen Happy Feet so am unable to draw any comparison between the two. I'll just take Surf's Up for what it is. Which is actually a very good movie.

The plot of this movie - which is filmed as a documentary - follows Cody Maverick, an ambitious surfing penguin. Born in Shiverpool, Antartica, Cody is desperate to get out and make something of himself, and he feels surfing is his ticket out of town. Cody's day job as a fish-sorter is increasingly getting him down, so when the talent scout for the Big Z Memorial Surf Off on Pen Gu Island arrives in Shiverpool, he jumps at the chance to go and compete.

Big Z has been Cody's idol since he was a baby. Big Z was killed in a surf off many years ago, but it hasn't stopped Cody aspiring to surf like him. So the Memorial Surf Off is his biggest dream, and with his cocky attitude, he is certain he can win. But he hasn't reckoned on the bigger, scarier waves on Pen Gu Island, or Tank Evans - the champion of the Surf Off for nine years running.

Evans, the most vain, egotistical penguin you're ever likely to meet isn't really worried about Cody. He doesn't see some small town penguin as a threat, and an impromptu challenge between the two verifies this fact. Cody is wiped out, along with his confidence.

This is where the story really begins.
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This is the surfer's equivalent of Cars. A kids' movie which appears to be made by dyed in the wool surf enthusiasts.

The film follows the adventures of an ambitious young penguin who is talent spotted to compete in a prestigious competition on an exotic island. Shot in a 'mockumentary' style it may be tough going for younger children. Certainly my 4 year-old's attention quickly wandered although my 8 year-old has since revisited the film and appeared to enjoy it.

The hero penguin Cody is following the footsteps of his childhood hero Big Z and the competition is a memorial to Z who apparently died competing on this shore. He is up against established champ and all round bad guy 'Tank' Evans, a penguin who likes to surf dirty and is obsessed by the trophy. He befriends a stoner chicken and a cute penguin lifeguard and proceeds to humiliate himself in the first stage of the competition. Cody takes himself off into the jungle to reflect on his woes and befriends a mysterious hermit-like penguin who eventually teaches him how to surf. This penguin turns out to be Big Z who realised he was losing his edge and faked his death so that he could go out on a high. Of course he brings Cody up to a standard where he can compete against Tank and Cody returns to the competition although the outcome isn't quite what you'd expect.

The surfing scenes are lovingly shot and look pretty impressive. The film takes a pop at agents and commercialism and many of the jokes fly way above a child's head. The film is well voiced and animated and there is an engaging storyline. For a teenager or an adult, the documentary style adds to the humour. For a child it slows down the action and makes the film more difficult to understand. I liked it but if you're looking to entertain very young children then look elsewhere.
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I heard of this movie back when it was released and thought the idea of surfing penguins was a bit lame so I didn't think much more about it. Then this year, I happened to come across it online so I watched it and was really surprised. And that prompted me to buy the DVD so I could watch it again. It was well animated and very funny. Plus a few of my friends had said to me it was surprisingly good so I had to admit after that I was curious.
I never judge before I see usually and this time I really should have watched it sooner cos it wasn't lame, it was great! I like Tank best because of all the neat markings he had. The character designs were very good. I also guessed who Geek was because of his flowery markings.
So for all you who think this movie might be lame, give it a try, it's actually very good!
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