Wednesday, March 7, 2007

'Surf's Up' rides a penguin wave

First there were marching penguins, then they sang and danced. In June, they will surf.

After "Happy Feet," which won an Oscar for best animated feature and 2005's smash documentary "March of the Penguins," does the world really need another penguin movie?

Yes, say the people behind "Surf's Up," an animated comedy due June 8 that explores the world of competitive surfing, penguin-style.

"It's clear to us that people love penguins," says "Surf's Up" producer Chris Jenkins.

Jeff Bridges, the voice of Big Z, a reclusive washed-up surf champ, sees definite potential: "Maybe the penguin wave is still cresting."

So, are penguins officially the new dogs?

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