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Surf's Up (2007)


Cast: (Voices of) Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges, James Woods, Zooey Deschanel.

Rating: G.

Run time: 85 mins.

Genre: Kids (from 9 to 90!).

Verdict: Beautiful (see rating system)

As soon as I saw this animated stunner I thought it had Oscar nomination stamped all over it - and sure enough it got the nod from the awards panel in January 2008.

OK, so the the idea of surfing penguins doesn't turn your crank? Please don't let it put you off enjoying this hip flick from Sony, which features superb visuals and a super cast of voice actors.

Hot young star Shia LaBeouf (who stars alongside Harrison Ford in the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) voices Cody, a teen penguin from Shiverpool, Antartica who cherishes the memory of Big Z (Jeff Bridges) - greatest penguin surfer of them all - visiting Shiverpool and giving him a medallion.

Cody wants to be just as great as Big Z and gets his chance years later when shady surfing talent scout Reggie Belafonte (James Woods) comes to Shiverpool looking for would-be champion boarders. Cody refuses to be rejected and surfs up a storm to persuade Belafonte he's got what it takes for the Big Z Memorial Surf-off.

Cody travels to exotic Pen Gu Island (think Hawaii), where he bonds with fellow surfer Chicken Joe (Jon Heder) and goes weak at his webbed feet for stunning lifeguard Lani (Zooey Deschanel).

Cody, Chicken Joe and other competitors find themselves up against bully boy surfer Tank Evans (Diedrich Bader), who has ruled the surf since the day Big Z disappeared in huge waves in the same competition years before.

After Cody barely survives his first ride he seeks the special magic he needs to beat Tank and just might find it in an aging, washed up surfer named Geek.

Thoroughly entertaining, Surf's Up features some great animation, a strong story and dynamic voicings and is one of the recent best comedy movies. A documentary shows how the actors recorded their dialogue before the picture was animated.



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