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Rated PG · 2007

Action/Adventure, Family
A surfing penguin heads for the tropics in this kids' feature, the second project from Sony Pictures' new animation unit (the first was Open Season). Writer-directors Ash Brannon (formerly of Pixar) and Chris Buck (formerly of Disney) couch the narrative as a reality TV show, with the usual joggling camera, impulsive zooms, and quick cutaways to talking-head interviews. The novelty wears off almost immediately, leaving this a real chore to watch; there's something bizarre about low-budget spontaneity being replicated in such a labor-intensive medium. With the voices of Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel, and Jon Heder. PG, 81 min.
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Director: Ash Brannon and Chris Buck
Writer: Christian Darren, Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse
Producer: Christopher Jenkins
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Shia LaBeouf, Zooey Deschanel, James Woods, Jane Krakowski, Jon Heder, Mario Cantone, Brian Benben and Michael McKean

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