Surf's Up

Surf's Up
Surf's Up
  • PG
  • 1h 25m
  • 2007
Certified Fresh79%
Common Sense Media Iconage 5+
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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. Inspired by his hero, a legendary wave rider named Big Z, Cody leaves his family and his town of Shiverpool, Antarctica to travel to Pen Gu Island for the Big Z Memorial Surf Off. Cody believes that winning will bring him the admiration and respect he desires. But when he unexpectedly comes face to face with a washed up old surfer named The Geek, Cody begins to understand that the greatest champion isn't always the one who comes in first.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh79%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Time Out

June 22, 2017
Entertainment Weekly

June 21, 2017
TIME Magazine

Not a comedy tsunami, just consistent ripples of laughs and good vibes.

June 21, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Paul Byrnes

It's fun for a while, but the script doesn't have the structure to sustain 85 minutes.

June 21, 2017
London Evening Standard
Derek Malcolm

I commend Ash Brannon and Chris Buck's animated film, especially to those who have not yet reached...

March 3, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Kids will dive into penguin adventure, dude.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Surf's Up is an animated comedy that was heavily marketed to kids, and those who liked Happy Feet will be particularly interested in seeing it. Although there's not much violence, there are a few mildly perilous scenes during the surfing competition and in old photos/footage. And (big surprise for an animated story) the main character has a dead parent -- in this case, a father who was eaten by a shark. There's some unfortunate potty talk (which parents might want to manage at home), a harmless flirtation between two penguins, and a surfing champ's bizarre attachment to his trophies, which he refers to as his "girls."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:June 6, 2007
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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