The Pebble and the Penguin

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Overview

Renowned animator Don Bluth's family-friendly The Pebble and the Penguin comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer and a collectible booklet. This is a decent release from MGM/UA.
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Overview

Renowned animator Don Bluth's family-friendly The Pebble and the Penguin comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer and a collectible booklet. This is a decent release from MGM/UA.
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Special Features

4-page booklet featuring fun-filled biographies fo Hubie and the gang; Original theatrical trailer
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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: 1/19/1999
  • UPC: 027616540324
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:14:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,913

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

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Title/Now and Forever [5:21]
2. Penguin Perfection! [2:48]
3. Sometimes I Wonder [2:58]
4. The Perfect Pebble [2:41]
5. A Sealed Fate? [2:07]
6. Penguin Prisoners! [1:18]
7. The Good Ship Misery [2:45]
8. A Rock-Hopper Rebel! [2:05]
9. A Foul Vision [3:05]
10. Escape! [2:29]
11. The Bikini Islands? [2:37]
12. Flying Dreams [4:04]
13. Homeward Bound! [:39]
14. Clear The Runway! [:01]
15. Don't Make Me Laugh [3:56]
16. Hubie Confesses [2:36]
17. Sometimes I Wonder refrain [3:07]
18. Fight Or Flight? [2:24]
19. Looks Like I Got Me A Friend [4:26]
20. A Whale Of A Chase! [3:38]
21. Hubie To The Rescue [5:00]
22. Rocko Returns! [3:36]
23. Now And Forever refrain [3:03]
24. End Credits [:41]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
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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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