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Surf's Up (2007)

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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.

Directors:

Ash Brannon, Chris Buck

Writers:

Don Rhymer (screenplay by), Ash Brannon (screenplay by) | 5 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shia LaBeouf ... Cody Maverick (voice)
Jeff Bridges ... Zeke 'Big Z' Topanga / 'Geek' (voice)
Zooey Deschanel ... Lani Aliikai (voice)
Jon Heder ... Chicken Joe (voice)
James Woods ... Reggie Belafonte (voice)
Diedrich Bader ... Tank 'The Shredder' Evans (voice)
Mario Cantone ... Mikey Abromowitz (voice)
Kelly Slater ... Kelly (voice)
Rob Machado ... Rob (voice)
Sal Masekela ... SPEN Announcer (voice)
Ash Brannon Ash Brannon ... Filmmaker (voice)
Chris Buck ... Filmmaker (voice)
Brian Posehn ... Glen Maverick (voice)
Dana Belben Dana Belben ... Edna Maverick (voice) (as Dana L. Belben)
Reed Buck Reed Buck ... Arnold (voice)
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Storyline

This story follows a teenage rock hopper penguin named Cody Maverick from his hometown of Shiverpool, Antarctica, where all of the other penguins think he's nothing but a surfing fool, to the "Big Z Memorial Surf Off" on Pen Gu Island. Young Cody is determined to win the most important competition in the world of penguin surfing in honor of "Big Z," a deceased surfing legend whom he has idolized since childhood. But the waves in Pen Gu are different than in Shiverpool, and the competition is steep. The current champ, egotistical Tank Evans, isn't just about to let this little penguin knock him from first place without a fight. When Cody wipes out and encounters Geek, a recluse aging former surfer, living in the jungle, he learns some important lessons about life and surfing, and even teaches Geek a thing or two. Written by Anthony Pereyra (hypersonic91@yahoo.com)

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Taglines:

Makin' Waves Summer 2007 See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some rude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Surf's Up See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,640,249, 10 June 2007

Gross USA:

$58,867,694

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$149,044,471
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Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Every single shot in the film features some film grain, consistent with the documentary visual style. See more »

Goofs

After the argument with Big Z, Cody rips his big Z necklace off and during his walk to the line up its clearly seen that he's no longer wearing it, However in the long shot of the line up, you can see that Cody has the necklace on..and then in the following closeup its gone again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Filmmaker: Quiet on the set. And we're rolling. Cody Maverick interview, take one.
Cody Maverick: So why are you guys here to interview me?
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Crazy Credits

Look out right during the end credits with Edna and Glen Maverick (Cody's brother and mother) and the film crew, Edna is kept said, "We could be more like Cody?" and Glen said, "When the credits is over" then the credits begin. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Meet Dave (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Pocket Full of Stars
Written by Sam Forrest, David Jones, Martin Cohen, James Galley and Hayley Hutchinson
Produced by David Sardy (as D. Sardy)
Performed by Nine Black Alps
Nine Black Alps appears courtesy of Universal Island Records Limited
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Surg and Surfing
10 June 2007 | by pdwebbsiteSee all my reviews

The previews drew me in, and when a rainy weekend coincided with Surf's Up coming to the local theater I went. Here I am old enough to be a grandmother and I love animated films. And the animation makes the film. The water is surreal in how lifelike it is with all the variegation of color. The plot of little guy, big dreams, dream crash, dream re-found, and priorities set straight is definitely cliché. It's how it all gets there, is what we spend our $5.00 matinée for. The voice talent is perfect: Jeff Bridges as the laid back Z, Shia LaBeouf the young hero in the making, Jon Heder as a stoned chicken from Michigan, and Zooey Deschanel as the good-hearted lifeguard who keeps secrets well. They made the movie flow.

As for the penchant of "children" movies using poop and pee for laugh lines--I ask why? It didn't add to the movie, and it certainly lowers it. It's as if they are afraid the movie won't hold up on its own without a bit of naughty and disgusting jokes. Hey, leave it alone and let the movie go. Urinating and flatulent penguins just aren't that funny. Lots of other funny stuff. Like I said to the floor sweeper when he asked me, "Was it any good?" It had it's moments.


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