I see four penguins here and one of them has teeth. And that's only the start...
Don Bluth's epic story about a bunch of singing penguins who fight Tim Curry.Adélie penguins engage in elaborate courtship behavior where the male builds a nest of pebbles to attract mates. Tough for Hubie, as he has no pebble with which to win the affections of the lovely Marina. After Hubie finds an emerald, his rival Drake steals it from him and attempts to feed him to a Leopard Seal. Hubie escapes and winds up on a ship with the cranky Rockhopper, Rocko. Together, the two penguins return to their island home and settle things with Drake.Perhaps The World Was Not Ready for a movie about penguin romance. You wonder how well this could have done in the wake of Happy Feet...
"You idiot! You almost got me killed! What's the matter with you? You risked your life and you're back to that chicken, give her that blasted pebble! You're crazy! You're insane! You're, you're amazing!"
Duet Bonding: Subverted with Looks Like I Got Me A Friend: A song in which Rocko is initially reluctant to participate, but when Hubie holds his breath in and nearly kills himself, Rocko finally gives in and admits that he has a little bit of a liking for Hubie.
Expy: Drake is basically what you would get if Gaston was turned into a penguin.
Family-Unfriendly Death: Drake gets squashed by a falling rock. If you freeze-frame, you can see his cape and some of his crushed body still sticking to the rock as it rolls away.
Feather Fingers: All the penguins have either arms and hands or hands on their flippers instead of normal flippers.
Frienship Song: "Looks Like I've Got Me A Friend" Is this for the film.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: Marina and Drake's whole relationship, especially during "Don't Make Me Laugh". (see Fridge Horror on the Fridge tab) Even as a kid, you suspect there's something very, very strange happening here....
Good Colors, Evil Colors: Referenced in Roger Ebert's review of the film. In fact, that's pretty much the entirety of his "review" — just him ranting about this very trope, with only one paragraph that's actually about the freaking movie.
Hartman Hips: All of the female penguins, bordering on Humanoid Female Animal. Said hips, as you can see in the poster, are way the hell up where Marina's wishbone should be.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Drake tries to crush Hubie with a boulder, only to have it collapse the cave. Sic transit Drake.
Hypocritical Humor: After being informed of Hubie's unique plight on the 'good ship Misery', Rocko exclaims, "If he had any guts he wouldn't have let them take him alive."
Drake mocks Hubie's stutter quite a lot, but there are instances in the film where there's no clear reason to mock it (such as him thinking Hubie's dead, and gloating about it), making one wonder if he has the same stuttering problems.
"I guess this means we'd put our differences on ice!"
For that matter, most of Hubie's part of "Looks Like I've Got Me A Friend."
Although Rocko's line "I'd like to put you on ice!" is a nice recovery/comeback to Hubie's "differences on ice" line.
Informed Attribute: The Narrator calls humans worse than the Leopard Seal. Hubie and Rocko promptly gets away from them rather easily, with another/the same(?) Leopard Seal antagonizing them later in the movie.
Not Quite Dead: After Drake falls from a spiral staircase in what appears to be a Disney Villain Death, he later appears prepared to throw a huge boulder at the heroes. He's quickly pancaked by his tower coming down on top of him.
Off Model: The animation is ghastly, especially considering that it's a Don Bluth film. There's one scene at the end where they apparently forgot to draw a character's head.
Also during Hubie's song. His waist is cut off for a few frames.
The reason for this was because that when Don Bluth and Gary Goldman walked off the movie, already all of the pencil art and 70% of the colouring was completed beforehand. At this, MGM sent the movie to an Hungary studio to hastily finish off the movie in time for its Theatrical release. Most of the errors were fixed for the 2007 2-Disc 'Family Fun Edition', where the movie was nominated for a Satelitte Award for Best Youth DVD.
Shown Their Work: Apart from the fugolwolf Drake, the penguin species have the proper plumage, including the Eudyptes penguin crests and the Magellanics' "horseshoe" plumage. Also, leopard seals are, in fact, the chief predators of penguins.
Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Played straight. The women are given curvy figures and big eyelashes and pretty blue eyes. But the male protagonist is given eyes that are so sugar-coatedly girly and cutesy that with another voice actor he could probably pass as a woman.
Those Three Birds: Show up for about three scenes and otherwise the writers kind of forget they exist, sort of like the Jitterbugs in Thumbelina.
Tim Curry: Plays Drake. Despite the film's highly lukewarm reception, most people agree that he plays the villain nicely. Though he could probably do this kind of role in his sleep.
Took a Level in Badass: Hubie who at the start of the movie is afraid of leopard seals can easily defeat one later on.
Toothy Bird: Drake could probably bite through a coconut with his ridiculous looking chompers. All of the penguins have eerily humanlike prominent teeth, but Drake's the toothiest of them all.