Surf's Up

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Sony Pictures Animation Released 2007

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Director:
Chris Buck (II) , Ash Brannon
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG

Surf's Up is an animated mockumentary that takes aim at famous surfing documentaries such as "Endless Summer" and "Riding Giants." Cody Maverick is a penguin from Antarctica who aspires to be like his famous surfing hero Ezekiel "Big Z" Topanga. Cody is scouted out to participate in the Memorial "Big Z" Surf Off. He leaves his hometown of Shiverpool and makes his way to the beaches of Pen Gu Island. While training Cody meets several memorable characters including surfing enthusiast Chicken Joe and a lifeguard named Lani. Shortly after his arrival, Cody realizes he is not as experienced as he once thought. He finally crosses paths with his childhood hero Big Z. Although initially reluctant, Big Z finally agrees to mentor Cody. Through Big Z's guidance Cody learns many valuable life lessons and finally realizes that there are far more important things than winning.

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James Woods

James Woods

Reggie Belafonte

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

Zeke 'Big Z' Topanga / Geek

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf

Cody Maverick

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel

Lani Aliikai

Jon Heder

Jon Heder

Chicken Joe

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Grade Schoolers, Pre-Teens