Surf's Up

June 8th, 2007


Surf's Up

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A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.9/10 (29,014 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: Ash Brannon

Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Zooey Deschanel, Jon Heder

This story follows a teenage rock hopper penguin named Cody Maverick from his hometown of Shiverpool, Antarctica, where all of the other penguins think he's nothing but a surfing fool, to the "Big Z Memorial Surf Off" on Pen Gu Island. Young Cody 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, isn't just about to let this little penguin knock him from first place without a fight. When Cody wipes out and encounters Geek, a recluse aging former surfer, living in the jungle, he learns some important lessons about life and surfing, and even teaches Geek a thing or two.

Writers: Don Rhymer, Ash Brannon

Shia LaBeouf - Cody Maverick (voice)
Jeff Bridges - Zeke 'Big Z' Topanga / 'Geek' (voice)
Zooey Deschanel - Lani Aliikai (voice)
Jon Heder - Chicken Joe (voice)
James Woods - Reggie Belafonte (voice)
Diedrich Bader - Tank 'The Shredder' Evans (voice)
Mario Cantone - Mikey Abromowitz (voice)
Kelly Slater - Kelly (voice)
Rob Machado - Rob (voice)
Sal Masekela - SPEN Announcer (voice)
Ash Brannon - Filmmaker (voice)
Chris Buck - Filmmaker (voice)
Brian Posehn - Glen Maverick (voice)
Dana Belben - Edna Maverick (voice) (as Dana L. Belben)
Reed Buck - Arnold (voice)

Taglines: Makin' Waves Summer 2007


Official Website: Columbia [France] | Official site [Brazil] |

Release Date: 8 June 2007

Box Office Details

Budget: $85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $17,640,249 (USA) (10 June 2007) (3528 Screens)

Gross: $58,867,694 (USA) (26 August 2007)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

This went from theatrical release to DVD in only 18 weeks.

Plot holes: After Cody talks to Lani for the first time, he and Chicken Joe walk away talking. Cody mentions Lani by name; however, Lani never told Cody her name.

[first lines]
Filmmaker: Quiet on the set. And we're rolling. Cody Maverick interview, take one.
Cody Maverick: So why are you guys here to interview me?

User Review

Not just another penguin movie...

Rating: 8/10

First off, I got the chance to watch the Hollywood premiere here in Hawaii with the cast being there to watch it too. Due to the recent release of penguin movies, a lot of people are turned off by them. Please do not judge it so. I admit, at first I was turned off by it being a penguin movie and I couldn't think of anything new. Although this type of story has been told before (what story hasn't?), it's always interesting to see how it will be presented. And I liked it. The characters and events keep you in the movie. Yes, you're gonna have to deal with penguins and their habitats, but it won't be for long. And besides, this is no happy feet, which I liked also. This movie has an amazing cast with enjoyable characters. So be ready to laugh your butt off because I pretty much was. Great family fun movie, or just a movie for you. Now I regret watching it so early (May 20, 2007) because now I have to wait until June 8 to watch it again. = (


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