Surfs Up

Directed By: Chris Buck Ash Brannon

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Surf's Up is an animated comedy that delves behind the scenes of the high-octane world of professional surfing. The film profiles teenage Rockhopper penguin Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf), an up-and-coming surfer, as he enters his first pro competition. Followed by a camera crew to document his experiences, Cody leaves his family and home in Shiverpool, Antarctica to travel to Pen Gu Island for the Big Z Memorial Surf Off. Along the way, Cody meets surf nut Chicken Joe (Jon Heder), famous surf promoter Reggie Belafonte (James Woods), surf talent scout Mikey Abromowitz (Mario Cantone), and spirited lifeguard Lani Aliikai (Zooey Deschanel), all of whom recognize Cody's passion for surfing, even if it sometimes goes too far. Cody believes that winning will bring him the admiration and respect he desires, but when he unexpectedly comes face-to-face with a washed-up old surfer named Geek (Jeff Bridges), Cody begins to find his own way, and discovers that a true winner isn't always the one who comes in first.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 205084012
UPC 043396196377
UPC 14 00043396196377
Format DVD
Release Date 4/6/2010
Rating Rating
Keywords
Behind The Scenes
Friends
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note This animated mock documentary directed by Chris Buck (TARZAN) and Ash Brannon (TOY STORY 2) follows penguin Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf) from his hometown of Shiverpool, Antarctica, where all of the other penguins think he's a surfing fool, to the "Big Z Memorial Surf Off" on Pen Gu Island. This teenage penguin is determined to win the most important competition in the world of penguin surfing in honor of "Big Z," a deceased surfing legend whom he has idolized since childhood. But the waves in Pen Gu are different than in Shiverpool, and the competition is steep. The current champ, egotistical Tank Evans (Diedrich Bader), isn't about to let this little penguin knock him from first place without a fight. When Cody wipes out and encounters Geek (Jeff Daniels), a recluse living in the jungle, he learns some important lessons about life and surfing, and even teaches Geek a thing or two.^The documentary/reality show format is a delightful surprise, and side interviews with other characters make it particularly effective. The attention to detail in this feature is terrific. The foam, waves, sand, expressions, and movements are all quite realistic, and the voices are spot on. Shia LaBeouf hits the mark perfectly as Cody, and Jeff Daniels is fun as the aging former surfer, Geek, who imparts his wisdom to the newbie. Mario Cantone voices the perpetually exasperated talent scout, Mikey, who works for sports promoter Reggie (James Woods). Jon Heder and Zooey Deschanel also lend their talents as midwestern surfer dude Chicken Joe and the lovely lifeguard Lani, respectively. Sports Penguin Entertainment Network (SPEN) correspondents Kelly Slater and Rob Machado are voiced by their real-life surfing-legend counterparts. A soundtrack including a number of past pop hits is also a nice touch.
Reviews
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] terrific voice work from Shia LaBeouf...and Jeff Bridges..." 06/14/2007 p.112
Entertainment Weekly "Bridges puts warmth, patience, and innate cool into every line, like he was born to hang ten..." -- Grade: B 06/15/2007 p.60
New York Times "SURF'S UP has a friendly, blue-collar vibe and some sly, low-key humor..." 06/08/2007 p.E10
Sight and Sound "[B]reezy, funny and charming....The movement and crashing of water are beautifully rendered..." 09/01/2007 p.78
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] smart, endearing, relatively small-scale comedy....The scenes between Bridges and LaBeouf have real heart..." 09/01/2007 p.54
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] welcome surprise....The 'reality film' approach makes it quirky and fun..." 05/01/2008 p.75
Directors
Chris Buck
Ash Brannon
Actors
Name Labeouf,Shia
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Andres Martinez - Cinematographer
Ash Brannon - Director
Brian Posehn - Voice Of
Chris Buck - Director
Christopher Jenkins - Producer
Diedrich Bader - Voice Of
Ivan Bilancio - Editor
James Woods - Voice Of
Jeff Bridges - Voice Of
Jon Heder - Voice Of
Kelly Slater - Voice Of
Lisa Addario - Writer
Lydia Bottegoni - Producer
Mario Cantone - Voice Of
Matthew W. Taylor - Voice Of
Mychael Danna - Original Music By
Nancy Frazen - Editor
Rob Machado - Voice Of
Sal Masekela - Voice Of
Shia LaBeouf - Voice Of
Sylvain Deboissy, et. al. - Art Director
Zooey Deschanel - Voice Of
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 19637
UPC 00043396196377
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 85 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Reviews
ReviewSource Eye Weekly
Review Because it is a computer-generated cartoon about penguins, Surf's Up is going to be compared to Happy Feet. But where George Miller's surprise Oscar winner wrung a plangent and disturbing eco-horror subtext out of its waddling subjects' adventures, Surf's Up - which is better described as March of the Penguins filtered through Dogtown and Z Boys - aims merely to please. For the most part, it succeeds...Shia LaBeouf voices Cody, an unheralded entrant in the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship. The idea is that we're watching a documentary about his experience, complete with talking-head interviews, archival footage, expository inserts and visible boom mics. Surf's Up amusingly honours its framing device for about 30 minutes, at which point it thankfully shifts into more conventional storytelling rhythms...Half-cocked formal conceit aside, Surf's Up reinvents no wheels, but rolls along smoothly nonetheless.
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Reviewer Adam Nayman
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Fresh from marching and dancing their way to Oscar glory in March of the Penguins and Happy Feet, respectively, the Antarctic's most "bankable" birds "hang ten" in Surf's Up, a reasonably clever animated mockumentary directed by two Disney veterans, Ash Brannon (Toy Story 2) and Chris Buck (Tarzan). Amusing but never particularly engaging, this overly long and often listlessly paced send-up of reality television and extreme sports competitions generates just enough scattered laughs to make it a passably entertaining family film...While the filmmakers deserve credit for tweaking the formal/narrative template used by most animated films, their adherence to the mockumentary format results in an episodic, disjointed coming-of-age story...The filmmakers' good-natured send-up of reality television is often witty, and some of the computer animated surfing scenes are duly spectacular, but overall, Surf's Up is a bit of a "wipe out."
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, Special Edition, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Labeouf,Shia
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer Not only are LaBeouf and Bridges terrific, but Jon Heder is hilarious as surfing fowl Chicken Joe.
Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun Best of all is Jeff Bridges as the voice of Geek, a laid-back philosopher-penguin who becomes Cody's low-key guru...
James Berardinelli's ReelViews If you have to see one penguin movie, this is it.
Michelle Kung, Boston Globe The most colorful of the penguin 'toons to date, both figuratively and literally.
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle ...entertaining...a nice surprise, and the rare mainstream American kid film.

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