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  • One of the best animation movies of all time, and certainly the best from Sony Animation, Surf's Up was funny, clever, and perfectly edited
  • I like the idea of a chicken entering a penguin surf contest
  • Nonetheless, you won't be disappointed by the artwork, animation and special effects
  • I would recommend seeing Surf's Up at any age

    • by StarbaseOne

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      One of the best animation movies of all time, and certainly the best from Sony Animation, Surf’s Up was funny, clever, and perfectly edited. The voices matched the characters brilliantly, and the characters themselves were a hilariously mixed and matched. Some of the dialog was truly inspired, almost to the level of George Carlin or Steve Martin 70’s wit. “So, I woke up this morning, I didn’t know where I was. It’s never a good place to be when you wake up.”

      The gently edited line from the main character Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf), a penguin, saying “I’m not the only kid whose father was… you know, … eaten,” (cut to a killer whale

      over a penguin) was subtly funny. I liked this type of dialog. I had to watch it 3 times to catch all the little pieces and background jokes.

      Chicken Joe was an especially fun character, played by Jon Heder. I like the idea of a chicken entering a penguin surf contest. “We’re gonna win. I can feel it in my nuggets.”

      Probably the funniest character was Zeek, the aging penguin played by Jeff Bridges (the Dude from The Big Lebowski). He’s hilariously indifferent and has some of the best lines. He has a “live and let live” attitude and doesn’t seem too disturbed by anything. His motto is about having fun while you surf,

      • and not about winning. “Stop trying so hard, just relax.” The winner is the guy who’s having the most fun out there.

        The music is also well mixed into the film. A good selection of summer pop songs helps the movie along. Several short montages of penguins surfing nicely segue the story parts.

        The 3D animation is, of course, well done. That’s a given these days. They did include some really nice beach and cove scenes, very well done. It’s the script and dialog that drive this movie; it’s not about eye candy. Nonetheless, you won’t be disappointed by the artwork, animation and special effects. The grainy shots of the past surf

        contests were expertly put together, both funny and fun to watch.

        I also liked that the movie is filmed in a documentary style, as if a film crew is following the actors around the island. On occasion they speak to the camera or give an interview. It’s well done though, and pulled back at the right moments. At times you forget the cameras, and other times they add to the comedy.

        I would recommend seeing Surf’s Up at any age. As an adult you’ll get more of the subtle humor, but any age can appreciate the fun. It’s two thumbs up for this clever movie. Watch it twice to catch the side jokes and things in the background.

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