The Pebble and the Penguin


The Pebble and the Penguin

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This heartwarming animated tale follows the exploits of shy penguin Hubie. Hubie is hopelessly enamored with Marina but must compete with the macho, puffed-up Drake, who wants her to be his life mate. In order to win her, one of them must present her with a suitable pebble.

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Tim Curry
as Drake
Shani Wallis
as Narrator
Stevie Vallance
as Priscilla/Chinstrap
Pat Musick
as Pola/Chinstrup
Angeline Ball
as Gwynne/Chinstrap
Neil Ross
as Scrawny
B.J. Ward
as Megellenic
Hamilton Camp
as Megellenic
Will Ryan
as Royal/Tika
Stan Jones
as McCallister
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Critic Reviews for The Pebble and the Penguin

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (8)

Audience Reviews for The Pebble and the Penguin

  • Dec 14, 2011
    A blatantly banal and mediocre story any five-year-old is capable of writing that's full of unintentionally creepy animation, stereotypical characters, and awkward dialogue.
    Matt P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    Just like all movies with penguins, this movie is cute and somewhat funny, but not great. I liked it better when I was a kid, but it wasn't a favourite.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2010
    Looking back at Bluth's previous entries from the 90s, I was beginning to think about what I think about this one. Well, just say that when I was a little kid, I seemed to enjoy it, but as a young adult, I'm gonna call this movie decent. So, some of you are wondering why a 60%? Here's the reason why. Here are some letdowns. Letdown #1: The story was just... weird for a movie about penguins despite it's credit for a romance between two main characters. There were some things that were unexplained like "Why do penguins have clothing and hands to begin with?" and "Where did the three non-penguin birds came from?". and Letdown #2: The songs made by Barry Manilow (despite it's decent music score from Mark Watters) were mediocre. "Now and Forever" (pop song included), "Sometimes I Wonder" and reprise and "Don't Make Me Laugh" were enjoyable, but the rest weren't that catchy at all. That's it for the letdowns. Now for the highlights. The animation is very good, the character designs aren't that bad, and the voice acting is entertaining. So, is this movie weird? Well, kind of, but once you compare it to A Troll In Central Park, it's not a bad movie. It's just a decent and very cute penguin movie and it's worth watching for kids who like decent entertainment. 6/10
    Gavin C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2009
    A shy and not so tough penguin named Hubie (Martin Short) falls in love with the good looking Marina (Annie Golden). Once he finds out that he might actually have a chance to be Marina's mate for the upcoming mating season, he tries to find her the most spectacular pebble possible. For this group of penguins, a pebble is just like a wedding ring that we humans use. But there's some rough and icy waters in store for Hubie. Not only is there a macho penguin who also wants Marina, but humans and of course whales, may also pose a threat. Back when I was a kid, I wanted to see "The Pebble and the Penguin" when it first came out in 1995, but I never got the chance to see it until today. I have to admit that it's not as good as I thought it would be, but it wasn't bad either. It has good animation, it's mildly entertaining, and it would probably be especially great for kids who like animated movies. However, on the bad side, it could've been a lot better in almost every aspect and I was disappointed with the music. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. I'm not disappointed in many animated flicks, but this one I sorta was, although it has its charm.
    Jason O Super Reviewer

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