Oddball and the Penguins (Oddball)

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An eccentric chicken farmer, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.

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Critic Reviews for Oddball and the Penguins (Oddball)

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

  • Oddball and the Penguins is a boldly unsophisticated kids' film from Australia that recalls the world of Disney TV movies from the 1950s.

    Feb 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Just when you thought every last drop of cute had been squeezed out of the world's penguin population, along comes this heartwarming Australian underdog tale ...

    Feb 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Top Critic
  • A likeable, traditional family movie.

    Feb 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Some kinks in the writing notwithstanding, Oddball is fun and thoughtfully minded, with a sweet charm that endears from the get-go.

    Sep 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, they appear to have lost sight of the golden rule for family movies of this type, which is to keep the focus squarely on the animals or, failing that, on the kids.

    Sep 16, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Jacobson is so intent on its efforts to firm up Swampy's credentials as an impractical but inspired eccentric that he's in danger of turning him into a gormless irritant.

    Sep 16, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Oddball and the Penguins (Oddball)

  • Jan 10, 2016
    Penguin Island may lose its name if the population isn't protected against furry marauders. One family has the solution, if they can solve their differences and manage to come to some agreement in time. The film restrains itself from the curse of the usual too cute family drama and becomes wholesome family entertainment instead. Okay, okay, there's cute too, but hey, it's got penguins and doggies, f'cryinoutloud, whachu expect?
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2015
    The film has likable stars and a lovable Oddball canine but the filmmakers throw a lot of quick humour into the mix, not directly aimed at children either. There was a true story to be told here but what you have is a fluff piece, everything is tightly tied into a bow for the family crowd. Jacobson is the film stealer in an otherwise par film, he is the true heart of the film when the family goes by the wayside. I'm not sure who the film was aiming to attract as the comedy just doesn't work, relying on Australian lingo and set pieces was the wrong way to go. There was potential for a truly great film here and I think they missed a giant opportunity. 28-01-2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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