Penguin Highway

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Budding genius Aoyama is only in the 4th grade, but already lives his life like a scientist. When penguins start appearing in his sleepy suburb hundreds of miles from the sea, Aoyama vows to solve the mystery. When he finds the source of the penguins is a woman from his dentist's office, they team up for an unforgettable summer adventure!

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Critic Reviews for Penguin Highway

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  • Making his feature debut, 30-year-old director Hiroyasu Ishida confidently adapts Tomihiko Morimi's bestselling coming-of-age novel, gracefully segueing...

    May 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The joy of discovery is at the heart of "Penguin Highway," a delightful new anime that is about the mysteries of life, both scientific and personal. Oh, and it's about penguins, too.

    April 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An irresistibly out-there mystery that plays like a cross between "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Stranger Things," if either of those influences' sense of horror were replaced with wonder...

    April 12, 2019 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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  • A coming-of-age story outfitted with an engaging anthropomorphic overlay that can make you forget you're watching an intimately filmed documentary instead of an animated adventure.

    April 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • For viewers of Aoyama's age this could be a film that lingers in the mind for years to come, like the half-memory of a strange but pleasant dream.

    November 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Hiroyasu Ishida directs an anime in the style mostly established by the aforementioned in the prologue, mixing fantasy with reality, through a story mostly involving children but actually carrying messages that are addressed to adults.

    November 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Penguin Highway

  • Feb 19, 2020
    An at times charming and wonderous movie, but all too often a movie that just survives on strangeness and lack of explanation. The weird thing is it overexplains some things, but then other things it never bothers to explain. Why penguins for one? Why is any of this really happening? Never explained, and while it's arguably not important, the movie put a lot of attention this investigation so the lack of answers and overwhelming weirdness of it makes the unresolved element kind of frustrating. It's an overall cute movie, and a nice coming of age story, and often it's beautiful with strong emotions in the right place. Other times though, it's just strange to be strange and even weirdly crass. I don't know, I love penguins, but this one just felt a little off to me.
    Michael M Super Reviewer

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