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Rise of the Penguin Surfer

 

With the theater releases of the new Fantastic Four movie and Surf’s Up, someone created a mash up trailer of both. I’m amused. ;-)

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Penguin Ice Cream at Baskin-Robbins

Inspired by the upcoming animated film, Surf’s Up, Baskin-Robbins is bringing its consumers a couple of tasty treats to… well, consume!

The two flavors are “Penguin Swirl” and “Splish Splash” which both sound like good flavors to try. Even though the Penguin Swirl is partly colored black, it’s not licorice, thank goodness. It’s actually a mixed berry flavor swirled with their own Tutti Frutti ice. Splish Splash looks like it will be scrumptious as well with its blue raspberry and blueberry combination. I hear they also have a special cone with a penguin frosted on its side.

These two flavors are for a limited time only and won’t be available after August 19th.

There aren’t many Baskin-Robbins near me. I can only think of two off-hand but one of them is close by work so I may need to head out there on a lunch break soon!

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Surf’s Up Trailer

If you haven’t already, take a gander at the trailer for Surf’s Up, the new computer animated penguin movie coming out this summer. As far as I can tell, the storyline seems okay and the animation looks phenomenal. The story follows a young surfing penguin on his way to the Penguin World Surfing Championship. He idolizes a champ surfer and wants to do everything he can to win and earn respect. We’ll possibly see some moral or learning point that overturns this feeling. That’s just the way children’s movies work. The animation looks astounding and so realistic, especially the ocean surf and waves. I’m hoping the story keeps up with the eye candy.

A stylistically daring CGI feature, “Surf’s Up” is based on the groundbreaking revelation that surfing was actually invented by penguins. In the film, a documentary crew will take audiences behind the scenes and onto the waves during the most competitive, heartbreaking and dangerous display of surfing known to man, the Penguin World Surfing Championship.

Plot Summary from IMDB

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March of the Emperor

The above video is an ad for Le Marche de l’empereur (the original title of March of the Penguins) that ran in France. It’s pretty funny and has English subtitles so you can follow along. The girl’s imaginary interpretation is hilarious.

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Farce of the Penguins

I’ve just finished watching the trailer to Farce of the Penguins and I would have to say I’m fairly disappointed so far. When I first heard they were making this mockumentary, I was generally interested. A movie trailer is supposed to highlight why you should see the movie. Farce’s trailer is giving me the idea that the whole thing is going to be voice-overs of bad, crude, sexually implicit jokes, one after another. Not that I don’t mind a crude joke now and again, but a whole movie? The cast list is astounding though. So many names in there that everyone will recognize. Samuel L. Jackson’s voice parodies Morgan Freeman’s narration from March of the Penguins. Hopefully this film won’t affect their careers much.

I’m appalled at the DVD cover for Farce as it boasts at the top, “In the tradition of Airplane!, Naked Gun, and Scary Movie.” Are you serious? How can constant sexual innuendo and anatomical humor compare to great Zucker films like Airplane! and The Naked Gun? Those movies had real humor including but not limited to puns, subtlety, and class.

Usually I am all for a movie about penguins but it may be going too far to say that I would actually watch the whole thing. Plus with its R rating, children shouldn’t watch it. I think a more noble approach would to done it in a more Mystery Science Theater 3000 kind of way with only a handful of voice actors. Of course, that would have just been a March of the Penguins redux with funny commentary. You can watch the trailer below but heed my warning. Bad language is abound and children should not view it.

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Behind the Feet

I read this interesting article today on how Australian director George Miller got his movie, Happy Feet, off the ground. It talks about how he got his inspiration to bring the dancing penguins to life after seeing early animation footage of Gollum from The Lord of the Rings. He also highlights the vocal cast, especially Nicole Kidman & Steve Irwin, and the generous favor offered from singer, Prince.

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