Surf's Up

Surf's Up

4.5 10
Director: Ash Brannon, Chris Buck

Cast: Ash Brannon, Chris Buck, Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges


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A surfing penguin currently riding the wave of success enters his first professional competition in this computer-animated family-oriented comedy from directors Chris Buck and Ash Brannon. Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf) may be a relative amateur when it comes to hanging ten, but he'sSee more details below


A surfing penguin currently riding the wave of success enters his first professional competition in this computer-animated family-oriented comedy from directors Chris Buck and Ash Brannon. Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf) may be a relative amateur when it comes to hanging ten, but he's sure he has what it takes to surf his way to superstardom. With a little help from his cantankerous King Penguin mentor, ex-surfing legend Big Z (Jeff Bridges), and a little encouragement from star Pen Gu Island lifeguard Lani (Zooey Deschanel), there may be hope for this tuxedo-clad wave twister after all. James Woods, Jane Krakowski, Michael McKean, Jon Heder, Mario Cantone, and Brian Benben all lend their voices to this inspirational tale that proves anything is possible when you put your heart and mind to it.

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All penguined out after the one-two punch of March of the Penguins and Happy Feet? Well, save room for one more. Despite potentially seeming like a crass grab at the tuxedoed coattails of these other penguin movies, Surf's Up is a funny, warm, and highly enjoyable salute to the ever-cinematic sport of surfing. It also happens to be the world's first feature-length animated mockumentary. Surf's Up expands on the logic of the outtakes included in the closing credits of Pixar films -- outtakes designed purely to break the fourth wall, since cartoons aren't actually capable of flubbing their lines. An animated documentary has the same effect of making its universe "really real," which allows viewers to effortlessly embrace the characters and the scenarios. (Plus, it's funny to watch interviewed penguins banter with the boom operator.) The imaginary hubs of wave-riding activity featured here, from the jutting ice floes of Antarctica to the gnarled rocks of Pen Gu Island, are glorious and inspired. But the true inspiration comes in the vocal casting. Surf's Up opts for a refreshing slate of animation newcomers, including Shia LaBeouf displaying his usual charming pluck, Zooey Deschanel easily transplanting her wry sarcasm, Jeff Bridges excelling as the superficially cranky mentor, and Jon Heder as a stoner-like chicken named Joe. Co-director Chris Buck also helmed Disney's Tony Hawk-influenced Tarzan, and those extreme-sports sensibilities seem to further benefit him here. Did Surf's Up have to be about penguins? Maybe not, but a wintry bird excelling at a summer pastime just adds to the underdog quality that makes films like this click. Add in the fact that it doubles as a lampoon of/homage to the great surfing documentaries, such as The Endless Summer and Riding Giants, and surf junkies should be just as geeked for it as their kids.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

All-new "The Chubbchubbs Save Xmas" animated short; Games: make your own surfboard, whale hopping, lava surf; Lost scenes with optional filmmaker intros; "Lose Myself" music video by Ms. Lauryn Hill; Meet the penguins with Mario Cantone; All together now: The Surf's Up voice sessions; Arnold's Zurfinary; Not a drop of real water: 1. surf cam; 2. making waves 3. storyboard to surfboard multi-angle sequence; Progression reels; Filmmaker commentary; The Chubbchubbs (2002 Academy Award winnter, best short animated film); Photo galleries; DVD-ROM links

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shia LaBeouf Cody Maverick
Jeff Bridges Big Z,Big Z/Geek
Zooey Deschanel Lani Aliikai
Jon Heder Chicken Joe
James Woods Reggie Belafonte
Diedrich Bader Tank Evans
Mario Cantone Mikey Abromowitz
Kelly Slater Kelly
Rob Machado Rob
Ash Brannon Filmmaker
Sal Masekela SPEN Announcer
Chris Buck Filmmaker
Brian Posehn Glen Maverick
Dana L. Belben Edna Maverick

Technical Credits
Ash Brannon Director,Screenwriter
Chris Buck Director,Screenwriter
Lisa Addario Screenwriter
Ivan Bilancio Editor
Lydia Bottegoni Co-producer
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Christian Darren Original Story
Sylvain Deboissy Art Director
Jenny Fulle Executive Producer
Mary Hidalgo Casting
Sony Pictures Imageworks Animator
Christopher Jenkins Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Paul Lasaine Production Designer
Ronald W. Lukas Art Director
Don Rhymer Screenwriter
Liza Richardson Musical Direction/Supervision
Marcelo Vignali Art Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Surf's Up
1. Being the Best [4:15]
2. Born and Raised [1:54]
3. Life Dreams [3:55]
4. Scouting the Land [2:01]
5. Feeling Like a Winner [2:13]
6. Checking Out the Goods [3:20]
7. Remembering Big Z [1:57]
8. The Tank [3:25]
9. Medical Cure [2:42]
10. Showing Concern [2:13]
11. Finding the Way [4:58]
12. Could It Be? [3:45]
13. Center of Attention [1:27]
14. Just Relax [3:05]
15. Dream Come True [2:53]
16. Dinner and a Show [2:29]
17. Just Let Go [4:58]
18. In the Tube [1:25]
19. Professional Training [2:47]
20. Let's Surf! [2:52]
21. Tank Trouble [3:20]
22. Lost and Found [2:08]
23. Big Competition [3:37]
24. Surf Champs [1:25]
25. Bone Yard Trouble [2:49]
26. It's Me [2:52]
27. Hard Loss [1:20]
28. Everything You Need [9:05]

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