Surf's Up (PG)

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Posted: Tue Aug 7 2007

No, this surfing penguin flick isn’t a hastily-scrambled sequel to ‘Happy Feet’. Far from it. In fact, Ash Brannon and Chris Buck have come up with a completely unique approach to the animated film structure, and in doing so have created the world’s first animated mockumentary. It begins with an interview with obstreperous surfer, Cody Maverick (voiced by Shia LaBeouf), who tells us how much he aspires to the skills of the late Z (Jeff Bridges), the dudiest wave-rider in penguin history; amusingly, while Cody reminisces about the past, a selection of archive footage and old snapshots add comic illustration. Later, when Cody’s given a break in the Big Z Memorial Surf-off Contest, the film beds down into a more conventional format, replete with social messages about self esteem, being yourself and so on.

The visuals here are mostly impressive, although more attention appears to have been paid to the cast’s superb facial expressions than to the rendering of the water and backgrounds. Also, one suspects the majority of verbal and visual quips will sail right over the heads of youngsters. In that respect, and despite the characters’ inherent cuteness, it’s arguably the most adult-orientated CGI animation yet. It certainly tickled this writer’s funnybone.

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PG

UK release:

Fri Jun 8, 2007

Duration:

85 mins

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chris

This film is brilliant. I can't believe I'm rating a CGI film about penguins as one of my top 5 films of all time...but I am. Some people just don't get it do they!

chris

This film is brilliant. I can't believe I'm rating a CGI film about penguins as one of my top 5 films of all time...but I am. Some people just don't get it do they!

Angela

Went to see it today with children 4 and 7 - Something in this this for all ages - really enjoyed it, very funny.

gracie

hopefully gunna go see it 2moz better be good i only gave it 4 stars coz of wat i have heard hope its good

Rocko age 4

Loved the film best laugh i have had for a long film time. Go and see for yourself, oh and by the way my auntie Lynne enjoyed it just as much as me, laughed at everything

Rocko age 4

Loved the film best laugh i have had for a long film time. Go and see for yourself, oh and by the way my auntie Lynne enjoyed it just as much as me, laughed at everything

gordon muir

It's basically Cars with Penguins (plot wise i mean) but it's the best animated film of this year and the best of it's kind since the first Shrek, the jokes are ingenious and the visuals are out of this world, i really do suggest seeing this movie.

gordon muir

It's basically Cars with Penguins (plot wise i mean) but it's the best animated film of this year and the best of it's kind since the first Shrek, the jokes are ingenious and the visuals are out of this world, i really do suggest seeing this movie.

ian dickson

I took my boys - 4 and 6 - and they loved it. I also enjoyed it, which was an unexpected pleasure. Back home power rangers are now found standing on hotwheels track. "They're surfing Daddy..."

ian dickson

I took my boys - 4 and 6 - and they loved it. I also enjoyed it, which was an unexpected pleasure. Back home power rangers are now found standing on hotwheels track. "They're surfing Daddy..."

Jimmy

Great movie - makes a nice change to see animation aimed at an older audience. This is much better then Happy Feet or any of that Walt Disney crap.

Jimmy

Great movie - makes a nice change to see animation aimed at an older audience. This is much better then Happy Feet or any of that Walt Disney crap.

lola

lil chris is talkn in ta isnt he??xxgoin 2see da 2morzz woo!!xxx

lola

lil chris is talkn in ta isnt he??xxgoin 2see da 2morzz woo!!xxx

Ozinuk

I took my two daughters (9 +5) to see Surfs Up - fully expecting it to be second rate against the other Penguin movie - Happy Feet. I was happily proved wrong. Myself and Miss 9 absolutely loved it - humour which Adults and older kids can enjoy and visually fantastic. It was a little above Miss 5 who was asking 'is it over yet' half way through?? I definately recommend this movie - great fun!!

Ozinuk

I took my two daughters (9 +5) to see Surfs Up - fully expecting it to be second rate against the other Penguin movie - Happy Feet. I was happily proved wrong. Myself and Miss 9 absolutely loved it - humour which Adults and older kids can enjoy and visually fantastic. It was a little above Miss 5 who was asking 'is it over yet' half way through?? I definately recommend this movie - great fun!!

Tristan

Went with my three year old daughter, pretty slow from the start and quite a shallow storyline. She wanted to go home half way through and I didn't rate it much either.

JENNY

This is the best kids film I have seen in ages. I have three children and was not at all thrilled at the prospect of yet another movie about penguins, but this was hilarious, particularly for anyone dealing with a pre teen/teenager right now. The facial expressions are unbelievably accurate and I think this film could possibly appeal even more to adults than to children who will miss some of humour. My three all loved it and said I was embarrassing them as I laughed the most!

JENNY

This is the best kids film I have seen in ages. I have three children and was not at all thrilled at the prospect of yet another movie about penguins, but this was hilarious, particularly for anyone dealing with a pre teen/teenager right now. The facial expressions are unbelievably accurate and I think this film could possibly appeal even more to adults than to children who will miss some of humour. My three all loved it and said I was embarrassing them as I laughed the most!

ann

absolutly loved it the kids really enjoyed they thought it was great would recomend it to everyone

ann

absolutly loved it the kids really enjoyed they thought it was great would recomend it to everyone

Charles aged 8

Unfortunately disappointing; difficult to follow for a young child. Not enough fast action to keep young people excited or involved. Shame - as the previews were perhaps what attracted us, and also let us down.

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the flim looks good i am going to give it a rating jim because this is how good i think it iis going to be ok .

SHANNON

IM GOING TO SEE THE FILM TONIGHT AND I THINK IT LOOKS REALLY GOOD ON THE PREVIEWS BUT IM SURE ILL TELL YOU IF ITS GOOD OR NOT :) SO HOLD TIGHT PEOPLE ! X

SHANNON

IM GOING TO SEE THE FILM TONIGHT AND I THINK IT LOOKS REALLY GOOD ON THE PREVIEWS BUT IM SURE ILL TELL YOU IF ITS GOOD OR NOT :) SO HOLD TIGHT PEOPLE ! X