Pebble and the Penguin

Pebble and the Penguin

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Director: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman

Cast: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Martin Short, Annie Golden

     
 

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This heartwarming animated tale--reportedly inspired by a National Geographic documentary--follows the exploits of a shy penguin, Hubie, who is hopelessly enamored with Marina, but must compete with the ultra macho, puffed up Drake, who wants her to be his life mate. In order to win her, one of them must present her with a suitable pebble. Hubie finds a doozy of an… See more details below

Overview

This heartwarming animated tale--reportedly inspired by a National Geographic documentary--follows the exploits of a shy penguin, Hubie, who is hopelessly enamored with Marina, but must compete with the ultra macho, puffed up Drake, who wants her to be his life mate. In order to win her, one of them must present her with a suitable pebble. Hubie finds a doozy of an emerald-like stone to give her, but before he can deliver it, the wicked Drake pushes him into the roiling sea and Hubi is swept away. Eventually Hubie is captured by traders. He must make it home within 10 days or Drake will claim his beloved Mariana. Songs are sung, action ensues, and ultimately, happiness prevails.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
One of animator Don Bluth's lesser efforts, The Pebble and the Penguin is cute but little more. The primary culprit is the script; aside from the unusual setting and small parcels of information about Emperor penguins, is hackneyed and uninvolving. The decision to focus on the relationship between Hubie and Rocko (while relegating the leading female character to nothing more than a trite damsel-in-distress role) is unfortunate, as the writers bring nothing new to the "buddy" concept and their attempts at humorous dialogue for the pair are often painful. With the exception of a song that pays homage to Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, the Barry Manilow-Bruce Sussman songs are even worse. Bluth is incapable of creating bad animation, and there are several sequences (especially those taking place underwater) that have moments of beauty; overall, however, the animation doesn't have enough sparkle to breathe life into the movie. The cast is certainly not at fault, with Martin Short doing everything short of bursting through the screen to hold the viewer's attention, Tim Drake turning in a reliably sinister performance, and Annie Golden lending her powerful and unique belt to the little she is given to sing. Penguin is not totally without charm -- but the amount it has could almost be fit into a pebble.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2011
UPC:
0883904244585
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
G
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:14:00
Sales rank:
45,095

Special Features

No stone unturned making-of featurette; "Now and Forever" music featurette; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Short Hubie
Annie Golden Marina
Tim Curry Drake
Shani Wallis Narrator
Louise Vallance Priscilla/Chinstrap
Pat Musick Pola/Chinstrup
Angeline Ball Gwynne/Chinstrap
Kendall Cunningham Timmy
Neil Ross Scrawny
B.J. Ward Megellenic
Hamilton Camp Megellenic
Will Ryan Royal/Tika
Stan Jones McCallister
Jim Belushi Rocko

Technical Credits
Don Bluth Director,Producer
Gary Goldman Director,Producer
Russell Boland Producer
James Butterworth Executive Producer
David Goetz Production Designer
Rachel Koretsky Screenwriter
Barry Manilow Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas V. Moss Cinematographer,Editor
Bruce Sussman Score Composer
Mark Watters Score Composer
Steve Whitestone Screenwriter

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