Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Surf's Up |
Widescreen Special Edition
Actors: Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges, Chris Buck, Mario Cantone, James Woods
Genres: Kids & Family, Animation
Surf?s Up is an animated feature that goes behind the scenes of the high-octane world of competitive penguin surfing. The film profiles Cody Maverick, an up-and-coming surfer as he enters his first pro competition. Inspir... more »
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Amanda D. (sophiesperspective)
Reviewed on 2/13/2013...
I almost didn't watch Surf's Up because I thought it be lame, ho-hum, and just another penguin movie...kindof along the lines of Happy Feet(which this movies does reference, much to my amusement).
Surf's Up was funny, entertaining, had good graphics, and I actually like the story/moral for the most part. Not that I can say all of the movie was entirely appropriate, and there were some parts they could have cut out, but it was certainly worth seeing. They also got the right people to do the voices (which is, naturally, a big asset). Part of what made the movie was the filming technique used to get the "documentary" feel, and the way they recorded the dialogue.
Oh, and I don't care what their little disclaimer said about none of the events or people bearing similarity to real life unless it be coincidental. I mean, two of the characters were playing "themselves." But that aside there were obvious references to real events that took place as recorded in the surfing documentary Riding Giants. And since I'd seen the documentary it made the movie that much more enjoyable.
(Review originally published at http://sophiesmindset.blogspot.com/2008/07/surfin-usa.html)
Matthew M. from WAILUKU, HI
Reviewed on 5/22/2010...
I thought it was fun... really liked it.
Linda M. (CodyKi)
Reviewed on 11/1/2009...
very cute, my kids love it especially my son "Cody".
BEAUTIFUL ANIMATION AND FRESH APPROACH MAKE 'SURF'S UP' !
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b | TRI STATE AREA | 11/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"'Surf's Up' is one of the best animated films I have ever seen or at least in the CGI era of animation. The Mockumentary style and incredible animation keep the story fresh, funny and amazing to look at! Even if your not a fan of animated films, this one may change your mind. The film also has a hip and appropriate soundtrack. The DVD transfer is excellent and this is a must see movie!.....Cowabunga!"
A wonderful, wonderful movie
John Brumit | Edmond, OK | 08/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When trailers for this movie were being shown in theaters, I groaned and felt that this would be a film riding on the success of the fantastic Happy Feet film. I was sure that it wouldn't stand on it's own, that it had no soul to it, it was just going to be fluff.
And I was proven wrong, and I'm glad for that. Surf's Up really makes itself stand on it's own, it truly is an individual in the penguin movie crowd. It doesn't NEED to ride on Happy Feet's coattails, it creates its own beautiful world and really stays strong throughout the (sadly short) film.
I was struck with how beautiful the scenery was, and how alive every character was. It's completely fantastic how real and believable everyone is, and that is thanks to the documentary style, without a doubt. The documentary style is a true asset to this film's heart and soul. You're not just watching events unfold, you feel like this actually happened, the filming, the location, the Pen Gu contest, that they're living and breathing. It's really impressive.
I watched Surf's Up three times while it was in the theaters, and I can't wait to own the DVD. Don't listen to yourself if you think it's just another penguin movie, it isn't.
Beautiful, beautiful movie, as Cody says "You'll wanna watch it over and over!""
Best animated film ever (Well maybe second to Nemo...)
Jim Ratajski | Michigan | 08/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I stack this next to Nemo. Granted, I like other "films" like Cars, Toy Story and Incredibles, However....
Surf's up took me and my three children (7,5,3) by surprise. I personally hated happy feet. Not sure what all the hype was about with that one. A big name cast and a lot of marketing was all that one had.
This is fresh and completely captured my dream of what surfing and the whole idea of being free is all about.
Also recommend "Step into Liquid". Bought that DVD (actual surfing documentary) after seeing this one because some day (Lord willing) we will be taking the kids to Hawaii or some exotic local... And all of us will learn how to surf."