The Pebble and the Penguin

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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 ...
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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.
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Special Features

No Stone Unturned: making of featurette; "Now and Forever": music featurette; 5 fun, interactive games
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2007
  • UPC: 027616067814
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Repackaged / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:14:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,454

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Short Voice Only
Annie Golden Voice Only
Tim Curry Voice Only
Shani Wallis Voice Only
Louise Vallance Voice Only
Pat Musick Voice Only
Angeline Ball Voice Only
Kendall Cunningham Voice Only
Neil Ross Voice Only
B.J. Ward Voice Only
Hamilton Camp Voice Only
Will Ryan Voice Only
Stan Jones Voice Only
Jim Belushi Voice Only
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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pebble and the Penguin: Main Feature
1. Main Titles
2. Secret Love
3. "Sometimes I Wonder"
4. "Now and Forever"
5. "The Good Ship Misery"
6. New Arrival
7. Escape Plan
8. Breaking Out
9. The Dream of Flight
10. Homeward Bound
11. Lifesaver
12. "Don't Make Me Laugh"
13. Make Believe
14. "Sometimes I Wonder" (Reprise)
15. Sealbait
16. "Looks Like I Got Me a Friend"
17. Killers!
18. Take Your Best Shot
19. Happily Ever After
20. End Titles
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Pebble and the Penguin: Main Feature
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Language Selection
      Language and Audio
         English 5.0 Dolby Surround
         French 5.0 Dolby Surround
         Spanish Dolby Surround
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         None
Disc #2 -- Pebble and the Penguin: Special Features
   Featurettes
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      The Making of the "Pebble and the Penguin": No Stone Unturned
      Music for Now and Forever
   Set-Top Games
      Hubie's Journey
      Your Penguin Twin
      Trivial Escape
      Catch the Pebble
      A-Maze-Ing Race
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    this is an awesome movie, me and my sisters loved and still love this movie. your not complete without watching this movie. =] ^_^ you'll love it! ps mvs=movies

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