Summer is the season for blockbuster movies. June 8, one of the best children’s’ movie of the summer will be released: Surf’s Up.
Surf’s Up is a Columbia Pictures, Sony Animation, film. Unlike Happy Feet, this isn’t a polar penguin movie. Cody, leaves Shiverpool, Antarctica, yearning to follow the footsteps of his surfing icon, “Big Z.” The insecure, self-searching penguin leaves his family for the “Big Z Memorial Surf Off” at Pen Gu Island. It’s his first pro competition, and his personal goal to gain respect from his penguin peers.
Cody hooks up with an old surfer, Geek, who teaches him that there is more to life than winning, and more to winning than finishing first. This lesson is lost on Tank “The Shredder” Evans who has won the “Big Z” tournament for 9 years in a row. Winning is everything to Tank, and he only has the time and interest to look out for number one.
Another surfing hopeful for the “Big Z Memorial Surf Off’ is Chicken Joe, a Midwestern Farm Rooster. Chicken Joe has one thing that Cody hasn’t, happiness. Chicken Joe is the odd man out on the farm, just like Cody is the odd one out in his hometown of Shiverpool. Chicken Joe has learned to be happy where ever he finds friends and surfing. Chicken Joe brings Surf’s Up a real surfer feel, as the typical “Dude” surfer.
The animation “co-stars” a slick manager, Reggie, who takes credit for making Cody’s hero “Big Z” a champion. He is thoughtless toward others, and never shed a tear when “Big Z” never returned from his last wave. He jumps to the Tank, and keeps an eye on Cody because for Reggie, it’s all about earning potential. Mikey is Reggie’s assistant and patsy. He is a neurotic and anxious little shorebird whose presence shows us Reggie’s true character.
Lani is a hot-to-trot Gentoo penguin, surfer, and lifeguard. Her eyes speak volumes, while she remains a silent strength on the island. Lani is Geek’s niece, and she brings Cody to Geek for refuge and restoration following a surfing accident. Lani may be the best surfer on the island, but doesn’t spend her time showing off. Instead, she spends her time trying to make her world a better place.
With a host of interesting, colorful characters Surf’s Up has set the table for an animated film that is sure to be a hit with children and adults, alike. There are lessons about respect, self-respect, and what winning really means. Lani gives voice to the calm, strength of a feminine presence without coming across as overpowering. Geek shows us that wisdom comes with age and experience, and that winning isn’t everything.
Load up the mini-van everyone is going to want to see this Columbia Picture film.
When you see it, come back and leave your comments. I’ll let you know what we think, too.