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!


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.

    Apr 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...

    Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

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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.

    Apr 11, 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.

    Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a very promising, engaging film... Strange and charming.

    Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

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