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The Pebble & The Penguin – Family Fun Edition


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: B-     Film: C+



This film was made before penguins were cool…if that makes sense?!  The Pebble and the Penguin is fresh to DVD and is bright and special as ever.  Now, whereas this reviewer is sick of such films as March of the Penguins, Farce of the Penguin, Happy Feet, and those damn penguins from Madagascar; he does enjoy this mid 1990s classic.  From the same creators as The Land Before Time (when the series was good) and An American Tale, comes the tale of a bashful penguin searching for his perfect mate.  Since penguins only seem to eat and breed the tale is not to far off from the truth about this species of penguin.


The voice actors include Martin Short as the bashful penguin Hubie, Annie Golden as Hubie’s love interest Marina, Jim Belushi as a penguin with a dream named Rocko, and Tim Curry as (of course) the evil penguin Drake trying to steal Hubie’s girl.  As is true with real Adeli Penguins, Hubie must present his love interest with the most perfect stone at the mating ceremony, but the evil Drake disposes of Hubie before the ceremony begins.  It is a race against time as Hubie tries to get back to his love or the mating ceremony, so they can mate for life.  So let me get this straight.  You give a female a nice shiny rock that you had to work very, very hard to get, with the prospect of mating with her forever?  Are we all Adeli Penguins?!


The film includes many great songs that don’t quite live up to that of Disney form the same period, but are cute, well written, and catchy.  Songs include:


- Now and Forever

- Sometimes I Wonder

- The Good Ship Misery

- Don't Make Me Laugh

- Sometimes I Wonder - Marina's Reprise

- Looks Like I Got Me a Friend



The technical features are nice on this second print of the DVD (originally released in 1999 and discontinued in 2005).  The picture is presented in a nicely done 1.85 X 1 Anamorphic Widescreen.  The pictures colors are improved over the previous release but some fuzziness issues are still apparent.  The sound is presented in a somewhat cleaned up Dolby Digital 5.0 Surround that is adequate and clear, but does have some instances of softness throughout.  The extras are well done in this Family Fun Edition including such features as No Stone Unturned: Making of Featurette, ‘Now and Forever’ music video, and finally 5 fun, interactive games that kids will really enjoy.


This animated feature, whereas no the greatest, highlights a god point in 1990s animation as opposed to some of the dribble that is pumped out today.  The Pebble and the Penguin is fun and fantastic; though the penguins are not drawn to scale.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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