Rated: PG Reviewed by: Frank Release date: April 11, 1995 Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Martin Short is Hubie, Annie Golden is Marina, Tim Curry is Drake (the bad penguin) and James Belushi plays Rocko, Hubie's best friend, in a pleasant little cartoon adventure about the mating rituals of penguins. The music is enjoyable and the story sweet but Disney has now corned the market on animation by using computer technology which is absent from this film.
Hubie, like other penguins of his age, is required to find a shiny pebble to give to his lady fair as he proposes mating with her. His clumsy manner and a challenge from Drake make life difficult for the gentle but clumsy Antarctic dweller. His journey becomes elongated when he is captured by hunters and shipped to Hawaii on his way to a zoo. His escape is aided by Rocko, a tough, self-centered penguin whose soft side comes out when he agrees to help Hubie return to his home and secure Marina's pledge to mate. On his way, Hubie finds a stunning pebble which fell from a meteorite.
Barry Manilow's score, along with the dancing and cavorting of the penguins, make for some joyful scenes, particularly for kids. As is expected, good wins out, but not without some heroic action by Drake and Hubie and some fierce battles between the good and bad penguins.
Pebble has much to admire but it will be perceived as not up to date by the children it is intended to please.
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