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The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)

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

Directors:

Don Bluth (uncredited), Gary Goldman (uncredited)

Writers:

Rachel Koretsky (screenplay), Stephen Whitestone (screenplay) (as Steve Whitestone)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Martin Short ... Hubie (voice)
Annie Golden ... Marina (voice)
Jim Belushi ... Rocko (voice) (as James Belushi)
Tim Curry ... Drake (voice)
Alissa King Alissa King ... Petra (voice)
Stevie Vallance Stevie Vallance ... Priscilla / Chinstrap 2 (voice) (as Louise Vallance)
Will Ryan ... Royal / Tika (voice)
Neil Ross ... Scrawny (voice)
Stan Jones ... McCallister (voice)
S. Scott Bullock S. Scott Bullock ... Chubby / Gentoo (voice)
Philip L. Clarke Philip L. Clarke ... King (voice)
Shani Wallis ... Narrator (voice)
B.J. Ward ... Megellenic 1 (voice)
Hamilton Camp ... Megellenic 2 (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angeline Ball ... Gwynne / Chinstrap 3 (voice)
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Storyline

He must present his special pebble to her before the pebble festival is over, or lose his chance forever. He just manages to pluck up the nerve, when the evil Drake knocks him off the ice, and Hubie is swept away. Picked up and caged by a ship, he meets the streetwise Rocko, whose only wishes are to live in sunny climates and learn to fly. Together they escape, and Hubie convinces Rocko to help him find Antarctica. When they reach the home ice, Hubie must defeat his worst enemy, and Rocko must face up to the reality of his dream of flying. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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The adventure of a lifetime begins with one small pebble.


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Penguin Story See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,983,912
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Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Belushi's first time voice acting in a theatrical film, later he'd go onto voice Kirk Kirkendall the Woodsman in Hoodwinked (2005), Benny the Squirrel in The Wild (2006), and The Cowardly Lion in The Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2013). See more »

Goofs

Before the cast begins singing "Good Ship Misery", the dubbing for the coupled penguins in the cage is swapped during the line "Welcome Hubie! Although Welcome probably isn't the appropriate word." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: There is a charming tradition observed by the Adélie penguins. Once a year, during the mating season, all the male birds gather on the Antarctic beaches, and there, each selects an extraordinary pebble. With pebble in hand, each male presents his precious gift to the lady he most desires. If she accepts it, they mate for life.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credit/overture sequence is shown with the animated penguin characters playing and cavorting on the sheet music for the songs they're singing. See more »


Soundtracks

Sometimes I Wonder (Reprise)
Music by Barry Manilow
Lyrics by Bruce Sussman
Performed by Annie Golden
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Dismal.
28 February 2001 | by thousandislandSee all my reviews

I actually saw this in the theater. Bad songs, boring story and a villain who is truly annoying. This wasn't quite as bad as Thumbelina, but still painful to watch. The only asset is Rocko (voiced by What's His Name. (Nudge, nudge) You Know Who, wisely going uncredited), who keeps the script alive long enough to get Hubie back to Antarctica, and may actually keep the audience there to witness it. The opening song, "One Love Forever" is pretty good, but the rest of the singing numbers are awful and will get your finger on the "FF" button. When "Good Ship Misery" started up, the kids in front of me actually started crying and begging their parents to leave. (Seriously!)

Trite plot and weird animation (sudden color changes, jerky movements, and of course Bluth's strange character designs that became ever-more distorted as his reputation crumbled) and then there are the questions it raises: How was Hubie captured by humans? He just suddenly appears in a cage on a ship! What are three

baby songbirds doing living with penguins ? Penguins regard humans as the "enemy", but why are they all wearing hats, scarves and jewelry? Where do they get all that stuff? Hubie wears a hat with earflaps, and the earflaps actually FLAP when he's happy? And how come none of Don Bluth's more recent characters can ever hold onto their precious objects? Charlie can't keep hold of that watch to save his life. Hubie's hat stays on no matter what, but he must drop that emerald forty times, even after tying it into his unexplained scarf. Mrs. Brisby never had these kinds of issues with her amulet.

Films like this make me long for the OLD Don Bluth, and wonder why he strayed from his earlier brilliance. "The Pebble and the Penguin"... Tell yourself it's all a horrible dream, and go rent NIMH.


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