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Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (06/14/2007)
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (06/15/2007)
New York Times - Jeannette Catsoulis (06/08/2007)
Sight and Sound - Andrew Osmond (09/01/2007)
Empire - Andrew Osmond (09/01/2007)
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- steal..dealsOct 6, 2007by
Another Penguin Movie!
Teenage penguin Cody (the too-deep-for-a-young-hero voice of Shia LaBeouf) pursues his life-long goal of becoming a professional surfer. Structured as if a documentary is being made about Cody's experiences, this computer-animated flick also features the voices of Zooey Deschanel, Jeff Bridges, Jon Heder, James Woods and Diedrich Bader.
Big question: After last year's "Happy Feet," do we need another penguin movie about following your dreams?
"Surf's Up" is too laid-back to really boogie--as if it prefers sipping pina coladas to catching waves--and not funny enough to compensate for merely average animation. There are better ways to entertain kids, like actually spending time outside and learning how to surf.
If you want an animated movie with animals who don't sing and dance. You'll be ecstatic when Cody proclaims he can do neither!
Some imagination is put into the occasionally amusing documentary approach--a sea urchin's gripes after being stepped on earn a hearty chuckle--and a little creativity goes a long way in today's animated kingdom. But being better than "Meet the Robinsons" and "TMNT" isn't a major accomplishment, and the best thing to say about the disposable but not annoying "Surf's Up" is, well, it's not terrible.
Directed by Ash Brannon and Chris Buck; screenplay by Don Rhymer, Brannon, Buck and Christopher Jenkins; senior animation supervision by David Schaub; edited by Ivan Bilancio; music by Mychael Danna; produced by Jenkins. A Columbia Pictures release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:25. MPAA rating: PG (for mild language and some rude humor).
Cody Maverick - Shia LaBeouf
Chicken Joe - Jon Heder
Lani Aliikai - Zooey Deschanel
Big Z - Jeff Bridges
THIS FILM IS A RENTAL FOR SURE!Read full review
- 2winesOct 25, 2008by
Our Favorite Movie of All Time!! Not just for Kids.
Surf's Up is a very cool movie! Total Fun, it's by far our favorite movie! We can't see how anyone could not like this movie! It's not just for kids. We don't even have kids!
Rich with humor and brilliance, it's a work of art. But fine art isn't appreciated by everyone. Real Pro Surfers (very cool dudes) helped make the movie to give the waves and water more realisn. They nailed it! And the music is awesome! (Green Day, Drive, Pearl Jam, etc.) It gets better and better as the movie progresses.
The animation is incredible, totally lifelike! Like an IMAX movie, Surf's Up actually puts you on the surfboard and inside the curl of the wave as it goes up over your head! Something most people will never get to experience in real life. You can easily feel how surfers get hooked on the sport after watching Surf's Up, especially the last surfing scene of the movie with Big Z and Cody inside the tube.
Breathtaking color and animation! Jeff Bridges and Shia LaBeouf are riveting as Big Z and Cody. Don't miss it!Read full review
- kormscomixJan 15, 2008by
Much more than a cartoon movie - Excellent Script
This is one of the best animated movies ever made! Too bad it followed so many other penguin movies. Our family didn't see it at the theater because we, like many others, just had no desire to see someone else making a cute movie to tell our kids that man is destroying the environment.....Boy were we wrong! This movie has none of that. It takes on the surfing world like a documentary ala STEP INTO LIQUID and nails it! Funny, well written, fantastic animation, and amazing how spot on they did water effects. Get it on Blu-ray and be truely amazed. You will watch this one over & over again --- so will the kids!
Rent "Step into Liquid" & buy "Surf's Up", you will be happy you did. Aloha!
- jewlzster757Aug 3, 2013by
Great Family Fun
Surf's Up is a great family movie. Its funny and it has Great music!! The movie has a kind of Hawaiian and islandy feel too it. Its great to watch in the summer! I think anyone who loves penguins and surfing will enjoy this movie. I watched it last year a couple of days before I went to Hawaii and after I watched it, it got me pumped to go to Hawaii
- bluseystratApr 26, 2010by
Great CG Movie
I thought this movie was very funny and different from all the other CG movies out there. Liked the documentary style story telling. good clean movie. Looks really sharp in 1080p blu ray. These type of movies really shine on blu ray way better picture quality than DVD version.