Favorite Penguin Themed Movie

by urbanemovies | created - 23 Apr 2018 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

World Penguin Day is celebrated each year on April 25th and coincides with their annual northward migration. 2018 has been declared the Year of the Penguin to highlight the threat of climate change on the seventeen unique species that call the Southern Hemisphere home.

Which movie that features a penguin or waddle as a star, supporting cast or an alias is your most beloved penguin-themed movie, documentary or short film?

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1. Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, Ophelia Lovibond

Votes: 81,007 | Gross: $68.22M

Captain, Lovey, Loudy, Bitey, Stinky and Nimrod

2. Happy Feet (2006)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

77 Metascore

Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!

Directors: George Miller, Warren Coleman, Judy Morris | Stars: Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

Votes: 158,455 | Gross: $198.00M

Mumble, Gloria, The Amigos (Ramón, Nestor, Raul, Lombardo, and Rinaldo)

3. March of the Penguins (2005)

G | 80 min | Documentary, Family

79 Metascore

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules Sitruk

Votes: 53,588 | Gross: $77.44M

4. Surf's Up (2007)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

64 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick.

Directors: Ash Brannon, Chris Buck | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Zooey Deschanel, Jon Heder, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 63,085 | Gross: $58.87M

Cody Maverick

5. Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

53 Metascore

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with undercover organization The North Wind to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith | Stars: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon

Votes: 72,981 | Gross: $83.35M

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private

6. Batman Returns (1992)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

68 Metascore

Batman returns to the big screen when a deformed man calling himself the Penguin wreaks havoc across Gotham with the help of a cruel businessman.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

Votes: 254,424 | Gross: $162.83M

Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot aka "The Penguin"

7. Toy Story 2 (1999)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

88 Metascore

When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends set out on a rescue mission to save Woody before he becomes a museum toy property with his roundup gang Jessie, Prospector, and Bullseye.

Directors: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer

Votes: 479,055 | Gross: $245.85M

Wheezy

8. Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

G | 99 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

Film-maker Werner Herzog travels to the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Scott Rowland, Stefan Pashov, Doug MacAyeal

Votes: 16,161 | Gross: $0.94M

9. The Wrong Trousers (1993)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Wallace takes in a new lodger, a devious penguin. Sporting some techno-trousers, the penguin plans a grand theft, a plan that involves putting Wallace in danger.

Director: Nick Park | Stars: Peter Sallis, Peter Hawkins

Votes: 47,627

Feathers McGraw

10. Madagascar (2005)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

57 Metascore

A group of animals who have spent all their life in a New York zoo end up in the jungles of Madagascar, and must adjust to living in the wild.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath | Stars: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 334,750 | Gross: $193.60M

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private

11. Batman: The Movie (1966)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

The Dynamic Duo faces four supervillains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero

Votes: 27,695

Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot aka "The Penguin"

12. Happy Feet Two (2011)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

50 Metascore

Mumble's son, Erik, is struggling to realize his talents in the Emperor Penguin world. Meanwhile, Mumble and his family and friends discover a new threat their home -- one that will take everyone working together to save them.

Directors: George Miller, Gary Eck, David Peers | Stars: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Pink, Carlos Alazraqui

Votes: 38,621 | Gross: $64.01M

Erik, Mumble, Gloria, The Amigos (Ramón, Nestor, Raul, Lombardo, and Rinaldo)

13. Winged Migration (2001)

G | 89 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.

Directors: Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats | Stars: Jacques Perrin, Philippe Labro

Votes: 11,161 | Gross: $10.76M

14. The Three Caballeros (1944)

Approved | 71 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

85 Metascore

Donald receives his birthday gifts, which include traditional gifts and information about Brazil (hosted by Zé Carioca) and Mexico (by Panchito, a Mexican Charro Rooster).

Directors: Norman Ferguson, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Harold Young | Stars: Aurora Miranda, Carmen Molina, Dora Luz, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 10,640

Pablo the Penguin in The Cold-Blooded Penguin (1945) segment

15. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

60 Metascore

The Madagascar animals join a struggling European circus to get back to New York, but find themselves being pursued by a psychotic animal control officer.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon | Stars: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer

Votes: 148,245 | Gross: $216.39M

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private

16. Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003 Video)

PG | 75 min | Animation, Action, Crime

The Dark Knight must contend with a mysterious female vigilante who emulates him, but to a more ruthless degree.

Directors: Curt Geda, Jennifer Graves, Tim Maltby | Stars: Kevin Conroy, Kimberly Brooks, Kelly Ripa, Elisa Gabrielli

Votes: 9,839

Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot aka "The Penguin"

17. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

60 Metascore

Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

Votes: 168,678 | Gross: $57.23M

Mother Mary Stigmata aka "The Penguin"

18. March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step (2017)

G | 85 min | Documentary, Family

A young penguin, driven by his instinct, embarks on his first major trip to an unknown destination.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Lambert Wilson, Thomas Acda, Morgan Freeman, Sofie Gråbøl

Votes: 461

19. Chilly Willy (1953)

Passed | 6 min | Family, Short, Animation

A schooner anchors at the South Pole, and the skipper goes ashore and leaves the ship's mascot, a St. Bernard dog, to stand watch and guard the ship. A small penguin, Chilly Willy (the only... See full summary »

Director: Paul J. Smith | Stars: Sara Berner, Dal McKennon

Votes: 130

Chilly Willy

20. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

The Madagascar animals fly back to New York City, but crash-land on an African nature reserve, where they meet others of their own kind, and Alex especially discovers his royal heritage as prince of a lion pride.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath | Stars: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 185,717 | Gross: $180.01M

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private

21. The Batman vs. Dracula (2005 Video)

Unrated | 83 min | Animation, Action, Horror

Batman faces off against the original creature of the night, Count Dracula, who has been unintentionally resurrected by the Penguin.

Directors: Michael Goguen, Seung Eun Kim, Sam Liu, Brandon Vietti | Stars: Rino Romano, Peter Stormare, Tara Strong, Tom Kenny

Votes: 7,459

Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot aka "The Penguin"

22. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970 TV Movie)

TV-G | 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. | Stars: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

Votes: 10,557

Topper

23. Penguins (2012 Video)

PG | 78 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

35 Metascore

Narrated by David Attenborough, "Penguins 3D" celebrates the destiny of a very special King Penguin, who returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic. Known as Penguin City, the island is... See full summary »

Director: Sias Wilson | Stars: Tim Allen, David Attenborough

Votes: 257

24. The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (2000 Video)

G | 75 min | Animation, Drama, Family

To protect her from a sea witch, Ariel's daughter is not allowed in the ocean; but when she becomes 12, she runs away to an adventure under the sea.

Directors: Jim Kammerud, Brian Smith | Stars: Tara Strong, Pat Carroll, Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright

Votes: 15,474

Tip

25. The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper (2005)

G | 11 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The penguins of the Central Park Zoo have an adventure in the city on Christmas Eve.

Director: Gary Trousdale | Stars: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, John DiMaggio

Votes: 5,642

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private

26. Oddball and the Penguins (I) (2015)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Family

An eccentric chicken farmer, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.

Director: Stuart McDonald | Stars: Shane Jacobson, Sarah Snook, Alan Tudyk, Coco Jack Gillies

Votes: 2,141

27. Farce of the Penguins (2006)

R | 80 min | Animation, Comedy

A mockumentary that illuminates penguin survival and mating rituals, as well as one bird's search for love while on a seventy-mile trek with his hedonistic buddies.

Director: Bob Saget | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Alyson Hannigan, Bob Saget, Brie Larson

Votes: 4,596

28. Snow Chick: A Penguin's Tale (2015)

58 min | Documentary

A chronicle of the birth and development of one penguin chick, born late and smaller than any of its fellow toddlers.

Director: John Downer | Star: Kate Winslet

Votes: 191

29. The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)

G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A lovable but introverted penguin named Hubie plans to present his betrothal pebble to the bird of his dreams.

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman | Stars: Martin Short, Jim Belushi, Annie Golden, Tim Curry

Votes: 4,185 | Gross: $3.98M

Hubie, Marina and Rocko

30. Scamper the Penguin (1986)

30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

About entertaining adventures of penguin Lolo, about the nature and fauna of Antarctica. The film is about inhabitants of Antarctica penguins, about their existence full of dangers, about ... See full summary »

Directors: Gennadiy Sokolskiy, Kenji Yoshida | Stars: Rolan Bykov, Vyacheslav Nevinnyy, Evgeniy Leonov, Yuriy Volyntsev

Votes: 982

Scamper (American version) aka Adventures of Lolo the Penguin (English) and Priklyucheniya pingvinenka Lolo (Russian)

31. The Little Penguin Pororo's Racing Adventure (2013)

G | 78 min | Animation, Family, Sport

Curious little penguin Pororo and his friends accidentally cause an airplane to make an emergency landing in their home of Pororo Village. On the airplane are some turtles being shipped to ... See full summary »

Directors: Dong-hoon Choi, Jazz Boon, Yong-hwa Kim, Young Kyun Park, Tae-ra Shin | Stars: Kyung-gu Sol, Jong-won Lee, Min-Ho Lee, Dal-su Oh

Votes: 142

Pororo, the Little Penguin

32. Penguins (2019)

G | 76 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Jeff Wilson | Star: Ed Helms

Votes: 583 | Gross: $7.70M

Steve

* added 11 April 2019



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