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The Pebble and the Penguin is a 1995 American animated musical romantic dramedy-adventure film produced and directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. It is based on a real life way of how Adelie penguins mate.

Why It Rocks[]

  1. As it set in 1995, the year that a movie was released, it could be the very first real modern-day fairytale.
  2. It great way to close down the Don Bluth studio.
  3. Best soundtrack, especially its theme song, Now and Forever, which has a pleasant atmosphere (due to Barry Manilow's composition).
    • Cartoon TV composer, Mark Watters, does the film score, for the very first time.
  4. Animation was brilliant for the 1995 standards.
  5. It received traditional cel-painted animation its first-ever digital presentation, and officially presented in 5.1 surround sound.
  6. The musical number, "The Great Ship Misery" is pure surrealism.
  7. It’s a slight improvement over A Troll in Central.
  8. Rocko teaches Hubie how to fight, as well as man up.
  9. Memorable characters, including the most lovable protagonist, Hubie.
  10. Well-done voice acting. However, Martin Short, Jim Belushi and Tim Curry does the most dramatic and grandest voice performances.
  11. The ending scene is pure heartwarming and very touching.
  12. The opening sequence was great, as it feels like a music video.
  13. The CG-animation in some scenes is superb, months before Toy Story was released in the same year.
  14. Great plot.
  15. It was Don Bluth's most beautiful swan song.
  16. It had wonderful Penguin-themed humor.
  17. The musical numbers are the best knock-offs of those from Disney films.

Bad Qualities[]

  1. Despite this, it wasn't well-received, when it was released.
  2. Near the end of the film Rocko can fly, with no explanation as to why or how he can achieve this (particularly as penguins' physical adaptations oppose flight in real life); the animation of Rocko's revelation (which depicts him as 'flying' by merely levitating/floating without flapping his wings/arms) arguably accentuates the contrivance and outlandishness of the concept.
  3. No real moral lessons to give to kids in the audience.
  4. Like Hopper's gruesome death in A Bug's Life, Drake's demise (crushed by a huge boulder from his tower) is too harsh for a G-rated film, even without blood.
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