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A "mockumentary" on how penguins were actually the inventors of surfing, including behind-the-scenes footage from the Penguin World Surfing Championship.


  • Shia LaBeouf
  • Jeff Bridges
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Jon Heder
  • James Woods
  • Diedrich Bader
  • Mario Cantone
  • Kelly Slater
  • Rob Machado
  • Sal Masekela

Did You Know?


  • In a pictorial montage early on, where Cody is explaining the history of surfing and surf culture, one of the pictures featured is the 18th-century Japanese woodblock printer Katsushika Hokusai's "Great Wave off Kanagawa" reworked so a penguin is seen surfing off the wave's lip.
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  • After the argument with Big Z, Cody rips his big Z necklace off and during his walk to the line up its clearly seen that he's no longer wearing it, However in the long shot of the line up, you can see that Cody has the necklace on..and then in the following closeup its gone again.
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    • Cody Maverick: I don't understand why everybody have to be so judgmental. I understand why mom's judgmental. I think it's 'cause she cares, *partially*. Think it's also partially 'cause, everyone else is lookin' at her like, "Hey, Cody's just a bum." "Cody's this," "Cody's that," "Cody's this."
    • [pause]
    • Cody Maverick: Cody's me, bro. Let me be me. When is that going to start?
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A cheerful and frequently amusing bit of nonsense, which certainly will provoke children into giggles. The film does not measure up to March of the Penguins or Happy Feet, both Oscar-winning efforts. Nor is it trying to.

Metacritic review by Kirk Honeycutt
Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter

Not only are LaBeouf and Bridges terrific, but Jon Heder is hilarious as surfing fowl Chicken Joe. And Zooey Deschanel is saucy fun as penguin lifeguard Lani.

Metacritic review by Carrie Rickey
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

The entertaining new film from Sony Pictures Animation is a nice surprise, and the rare mainstream American kid film.

Metacritic review by Peter Hartlaub
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle