Surf's Up

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Surf's Up is a laid back, visually stunning animated movie that brings a fresh twist to some familiar conventions. Its witty mockumentary format is fun and inventive, and the CGI is breathtakingly realistic.

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Surfing means everything to teenage penguin Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf). Followed by a documentary film crew, he leaves his home in Antarctica for Pen Gu Island, site of the the Big Z Memorial Surf Off. Cody wants to be respected and admired, and he believes that winning the competition will bring him what he craves. However, an encounter with washed-up surfer Geek (Jeff Bridges) teaches Cody about what is truly important.

Cast & Crew

Shia LaBeouf
Cody Maverick
Voice
Jeff Bridges
Geek
Voice
Zooey Deschanel
Lani Aliikai
Voice
Jon Heder
Chicken Joe
Voice
James Woods
Reggie Belafonte
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Mario Cantone
Mikey Abromowitz
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Kelly Slater
Kelly
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Jenny Fulle
Executive Producer
Ivan Bilancio
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Mychael Danna
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Critic Reviews for Surf's Up

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (116) | Rotten (31)

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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • Not a comedy tsunami, just consistent ripples of laughs and good vibes.

    September 9, 2008 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • It's fun for a while, but the script doesn't have the structure to sustain 85 minutes.

    September 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • I commend Ash Brannon and Chris Buck's animated film, especially to those who have not yet reached the age of 10.

    August 10, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • The real reason Surf's Up is so aggravating is that it's more concerned with sucking up to adults than it is to enchanting their children.

    August 10, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A happy 85 minutes, although it might have been a teensy bit happier, banishing all hint of repetition, at 75.

    August 10, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Surf's Up

  • May 29, 2012
    An animated documentary about penguins that go on a surfing competition, who'd have thought of that? Disappointed by the casting people.... Why can't you find anyone, I mean ANYONE to do the voice for Cody??
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2012
    One of the most underrated animated films of the last 10 years or so. A smart parody of surfing documentaries and the cynical world of professional sports, "Surf's Up" is a hilarious, laid back trip that brings inventive twists to the familiar conventions for films of these kind.
    Tyler C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    I enjoyed this, it was a fun animated mockumentary. Had a few problems though like the disgusting moments and Chickeb Joe being funny and having no real point in the film . But overall it was funny and really good.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2011
    When Surf's Up was released I think people were tired of penguins. Due to the inconvinient releases of "Happy Feet" and "March of the Penguins". But Surf's Up was the most unique. It has a very witty mockumentary style that's never really been seen in an animated film before. The animation is brilliant and undeniably realistic. Furthermore, its also the only fox animated film that i've seen that actually has the heart a pixar film would have. All the characters in the film also bring the humour expected, particularly Jeff Bridges.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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