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Review : Surf’s Up

Delinn dah mintak review so here goes…

A penguin movie instantly brings to mind Happy Feet, with its adorable Mumble and his dancing feet supported by wonderful singing. However this movie is totally different from Happy Feet, which is technically a musical.

Surf’s Up is a “documentary/reality show style” movie about Cody Maverick (Shia LeBeouf of Even Stevens & Transformers fame) journey from home to the Big Z Memorial Surf Off on Pen Gu Island, Hawaii. The characters in the movie are interviewed as the movie progresses.


“Old footage” from Cody’s childhood

The story starts off with Cody as a child in Shiverpool Antarctica who loves to surf, unlike his other penguin friends and family who are busy collecting fish, and hopes to be like Big Z, the best surfer in the world who died in a surfing accident. He then makes his way to Hawaii for the Big Z Memorial Surf off.

On the way, he makes friends with Chicken Joe (voiced by Jon Heder – Napolean Dynamite & Blades of Glory) who supports him all the way. After a bad accident a few days before the competition, the kind-hearted cute she-penguin Lani (voiced by Zooey Deschanel – Almost Famous) brings him to Geek (voiced by Jeff Bridges), a recluse who lives deep in the jungle away from everyone. They teach him that winning is not everything

I really liked the concept of this movie where you can get the commentary and get to know the movie from all the different viewpoints of the characters. Cody is a typical teenager, rebellious and always think he’s right. Chicken Joe is the comic relief in this movie, hilarious and looks like he’s high on weed or something. LOL! Lani is the “babe” and love interest of Cody (every movie is incomplete without one).

The movie is a feel-good movie – great for bringing the family. Its a typical cartoon movie with all the nilai-nilai moral, great animation and lovable characters. Especially all those baby penguins.

The OST is nice also, with songs like Incubus – Drive (“Whatever tomorrow brings I’ll be there, with open arms and open eyes”), SugarRay – Into Yesterday and The Romantics – What I like about You. Cant wait for this friday to share it with you on Download Friday.

Rating : (*)(*)(*) 4 out of 5 Stars

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Got tagged by Mrs Evie

Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Kindergarden Teacher (while waiting for SPM results)
2. Children Workbook Writer
3. Freelance Graphic Designer/Website builder
4. Translator for market research company

Four places I have lived:
1. Miri, Sarawak
2. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
3. Kuching, Sarawak (for about a mth while my parents were overseas)
4. Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya

Four Places I have been on vacation:
1. Bali, Indonesia
2. Brisbane, Australia
3. Bangkok & Hat yai, Thailand
4. Langkawi

Four of my favorite food:
1. Lamb Chop
2. Sushi
3. Mashed Potatoes
4. BBQ

Four places you would rather be right now:
1. I agree with evie on this…on a white sandy beach, wind in my hair, sand between my toes…ahhh
2. Go shopping for clothes & shoes with unlimited moolah ($$$)
3. In someone’s arms, talking and sharing secrets
4. In Europe, travelling
Four friends to tag:
I tag no one

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