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Encyclopedia > The Pebble and the Penguin
The Pebble and the Penguin
Directed by Don Bluth
Gary Goldman (uncredited)
Produced by Russel Boland
Don Bluth (uncredited)
Gary Goldman (uncredited)
Starring Martin Short
James Belushi
Annie Golden
Tim Curry
Will Ryan
Distributed by Flag of the United States MGM
Flag of the United States Warner Bros.
Flag of the United States 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (DVD 2007-present)
Release date(s) April 12, 1995
February 16, 1996 (UK)
Running time 74 min.
Language English
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile
Ratings
United States:  G

The Pebble and the Penguin is a musical animated film, produced and directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. It was originally released in movie theatres in the USA in 1995 by MGM and was released internationally by Warner Bros. in 1996. Barry Manilow provided the songs for the film. A few notable voice actors contributed to the film, including Martin Short, Tim Curry, and Jim Belushi. Image File history File links Pebbleandthepenguin. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Gary Goldman (born November 17, 1944 in Oakland, California) is American animator, director, and producer. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Gary Goldman (born November 17, 1944 in Oakland, California) is American animator, director, and producer. ... Martin Hayter Short, CM (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian/American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. ... James Edgar Belushi (born June 15, 1954) is an American actor, comedian, musician and younger brother of the late comedian John Belushi. ... Annie Golden (born October 19, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York) is an actress and singer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Will Ryan is a voice actor originally from Cleveland, Ohio. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Warner Bros. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... 20th Century Fox logo Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... February 16 is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A motion picture rating system categorizes films with regard to suitability for children and/or adults in terms of issues such as sex, violence and profanity. ... The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and territories and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ... The musical film is a film genre in which several songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... “Moving picture” redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Gary Goldman (born November 17, 1944 in Oakland, California) is American animator, director, and producer. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... Warner Bros. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Barry Manilow is an American singer and songwriter best known for his recordings I Write the Songs, Mandy and Copacabana. His career achievements include selling more than 75 million records worldwide. ... Martin Hayter Short, CM (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian/American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... James Belushi (also known as Jim Belushi) (born June 15, 1954) is an American film and television actor. ...

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Plot

The film follows Hubie, a shy, stuttering, young Adelie penguin desperate to impress a female (Marina) during the annual mating season, wherein the male Adelies present a stone to their favorite female as a gift. If she accepts, they are mated for life. He must present his special pebble to Marina before the pebble festival is over, or lose the love of his life, forever. Just as Hubie manages to pluck up the nerve due to finding a shining green piece of meteor, his evil rival and over-sized bully of the Adelie rookery, Drake, knocks him off the ice, intending to make Marina his mate. Hubie then is swept away. Picked up and caged by the crew of animal research ship, Hubie meets the street-wise Rocco, whose only wishes are to live in sunny climates and learn to fly. Together they escape, and with only five days left before the ceremony begins, Hubie convinces Rocco to help him find Antarctica. When they arrive, Hubie must defeat his worst enemy and gather the courage to propose to his love. Stuttering is a speech disorder in which pronunciation of the (usually) first letter or syllable of a word is repeated involuntarily. ... Binomial name (Hombron & Jacquinot, 1841) Adélie Penguins at Cape Adare The Adélie Penguin, Pygoscelis adeliae is, together with the Emperor Penguin, one of the only two types of penguin living on the Antarctic mainland. ...


Reception

The Pebble and the Penguin has a score of 0% ("rotten") at Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 3/10. It was a box-office flop, only grossing $3,939,728.[1] However, it has a "C" at Box Office Mojo and proved to be far more successful on home video than in theaters. Box Office Mojo is a website that tracks box office revenue in a systematic way. ...


Songs

- "Now and Forever" (Hubie, Marina, Company)


- "Sometimes I Wonder" (Hubie)


- "The Good Ship Misery" (Company)


- "Don't Make Me Laugh" (Drake)


- "Sometimes I Wonder - Marina's Reprise" (Marina)


- "Looks Like I Got Me a Friend" (Hubie and Rocco)


Production

Don Bluth and Gary Goldman pulled out on producing and directing this movie due to creative differences with the distributor of the film. With a "final cut" clause in the distribution contract, last minute changes were made to film. Bluth and Goldman could not convince the distributor to leave the film as they had planned it. As a result, much of the film's special effects could not be completed due to the requested changes and unchanged deadline. Assuming that the changes would hurt the film's integrity, they had their names removed from the film. However, the company name "Don Bluth Entertainment" remained above the title. This is the reason they are not credited for directing and producing the project. All of the original animation and about 70% of the color was completed before the two left the project. The changes were accommodated in-house at the company's Dublin studio. Due to the changes much of the ink and paint duties were shared with animation houses in Hungary. Bluth takes no credit for any part of the film. Don Bluth and Gary Goldman returned to the states to head up 20th Century Fox's entry into the animation business, producing and directing Fox's first animated feature Anastasia. Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... Anastasia is an animated feature film produced and directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman at Fox Animation Studios, and was released on November 14, 1997 by Twentieth Century Fox. ...


Home video

The film did surprisingly well on VHS and laserdisc in the same year as its theatrical release, and the film was originally released on DVD in 1999, going out of print in 2005. A new "Family Fun Edition" was released in the United States and Canada on March 27, 2007 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Many sites like Amazon.com and DVD Empire never gave a description of the special features of the Family Fun Edition, which are: two featurettes, 8 games, and a new-to-DVD widescreen version. Though the DVD was released widely in Canada on March 27th, 2007, it was also released a week early in Wal-Marts in some provinces of Canadian. (The same goof happened with the 2-disc DVD release of The Secret of NIMH in June of 2007.) Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS is a recording and playing standard for analog video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC) and launched... Laserdisc (LD) was the first commercial optical disc storage medium, and was used primarily for the presentation of movies as to be viewed at home. ... Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ... This article is about the year. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... 20th Century Fox logo Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... Amazon. ... is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 animated film adaptation of the Newbery Medal-winning book Mrs. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Penguin species

Most of the film's characters are representative of actual penguin species. Hubie and Marina are Adelie Penguins, Drake is probably an Adelie as well, albeit one who is much larger and physically quite different, and Rocco is a Southern Rockhopper Penguin. Also, on "the good ship misery" several of the penguins are Chinstrap Penguins. The pebble-giving ritual used in the film is a factual process in Adelie Penguin courtship. Binomial name (Hombron & Jacquinot, 1841) Adélie Penguins at Cape Adare The Adélie Penguin, Pygoscelis adeliae is, together with the Emperor Penguin, one of the only two types of penguin living on the Antarctic mainland. ... Binomial name Forster, 1781 Synonyms Eudyptes crestatus The Southern Rockhopper Penguin or just Rockhopper Penguin, Eudyptes chrysocome, is a species of penguin closely related to the Macaroni Penguin. ... Binomial name Pygoscelis antarctica The Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) is a species of [penguin which is found in the South Sandwich Islands, Antarctica, the South Orkneys, South Shetland, South Georgia, Bouvet Island, Balleny and Peter I Island. ...


The film includes the penguin's natural predators such as the Leopard Seal and Orca whale. However, the film does include one inaccuracy in penguin predators: during the song "Don't Make Me Laugh" the lyrics include "Say no, poor dove, and you're a shark's dinner". While sharks may be a threat to penguins in other parts of the Southern Hemisphere, marine life of the shark persuasion is scarce and generally not a threat to penguins in Antarctica. Binomial name (Blainville, 1820) Hydrurga leptonyx range map. ... Binomial name Orcinus orca Linnaeus, 1758 Orca range (in blue) The Orca or Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) is the largest species of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae). ... Orders Carcharhiniformes Heterodontiformes Hexanchiformes Lamniformes Orectolobiformes Pristiophoriformes Squaliformes Squatiniformes † Symmoriida Sharks (superorder Selachimorpha) are fish with a full cartilaginous skeleton [1] and a streamlined body. ... southern hemisphere highlighted in yellow (Antarctica not depicted). ...


Rocco is much shorter than Hubie, however in real life Adelie Penguins are no larger than Rockhopper Penguins. In reality the Adelie Penguin, while not the smallest species of penguins, isn't as large as the film depicts.


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  Results from FactBites:
 
The Pebble and the Penguin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (799 words)
The Pebble and the Penguin is a musical animated film, produced and directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman.
Hubie, and Marina are Adelie Penguins, Drake is an oversized bully Adelie Penguin, and Rocco is a Southern Rockhopper Penguin.
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