Surf's Up

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Surf's Up ★★½ 2007 (PG)

Dude! Penguins march, tap dance, and now they surf. Young Cody Maverick (LaBeouf) is an outcast among his peers with his surfer dreams. He follows a scout to the tropical Pen Gu Island, the home of a championship contest, and finds a mentor in laid-back legend Big Z (Bridges). Cody even gets a much more competent potential love interest in lifeguard Lani (Deschanel). Sidekick Chicken Joe (Heder) provides some diversion. Not ground-breaking in the animation department (although the look of the waves is impressive), but the story is fun and the vocal work just right. 85m/C DVD, HD DVD . USD: Chris Buck, Ash Brannon; W: Lisa Addario, Joe Syracuse, Christian Darren, Don Rhymer; M: Mychael Danna; V: Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel, Jon Heder, James Woods, Diedrich Bader, Mario Cantone, Jane Krakowski, Brian Benben, Michael McKean, Dana Belben.