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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.

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(uncredited), (uncredited)

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(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Steve Whitestone)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Hubie (voice)
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Marina (voice)
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Rocko (voice) (as James Belushi)
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Drake (voice)
Alissa King ...
Petra (voice)
Stevie Vallance ...
Priscilla / Chinstrap 2 (voice) (as Louise Vallance)
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Royal / Tika (voice)
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Scrawny (voice)
Stan Jones ...
McCallister (voice)
S. Scott Bullock ...
Chubby / Gentoo (voice)
Philip L. Clarke ...
King (voice)
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Narrator (voice)
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Megellenic 1 (voice)
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Megellenic 2 (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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.


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Release Date:

12 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Penguin Story  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,983,912
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally meant to be released in the summer of 1994 but was pushed to April of 1995 due to production errors as well as to avoid heavy competition from films released during the summer of 1994 such as The Lion King and The Mask. See more »

Goofs

During the musical number "Good Ship Misery" there are a few shots where the entire chorus is sliding back and forth on a raft of sorts, and there are several seconds of the background singers being completely inanimate, simply sitting there frozen in place. See more »

Quotes

Hubie: Hey Rocko! What do you call a flower before it opens?
Rocko: What?
Hubie: What do you call a flower before it opens?
Rocko: A bud.
Hubie: I love it when you call me bud!
Rocko: [Groans]
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Crazy Credits

The cast is listed twice in the end credits: first under "Voices in Order of Appearance," and the second time in alphabetical order under The Actors. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Happy Feet (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Sometimes I Wonder (Reprise)
Music by Barry Manilow
Lyrics by Bruce Sussman
Performed by Annie Golden
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utterly fantastic
12 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Pebble and the Penguin is a fine example of animated film at its best. Hubie, the endearing penguin, illustrates perseverance in its finest form, and his tenacity is something to be admired. This timeless story is delightful to audiences of all ages. In today's world, where divorce and unrequited love run rampant, this simple story inspires and reminds everyone that true love is possible. In order to find the perfect pebble for Marina, Hubie searches the world. The emotional turmoil that Hubie subjects himself to on his quest is akin to the interior tumult any human being feels. This film captures the essence of human love in a captivating and moving way. The musical talent of Barry Manilow only adds to the quality of this film. I think that this animal story offers incite to one of the most pivotal moments of human life: engagement. Everyone should watch this classic tale.


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