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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: As the movie came out after both March of the Penguins and Happy Feet caused a considerable backlash against penguin movies, a lot of people avoided this movie like the plague on "penguins on surf boards" alone. The film wound up underperforming at the box office, although it was well-reviewed by critics for ironically having elements that made it stand out among other penguin movies.
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  • Awesome Music: "Legends".
  • Cargo Ship: Tank and all his trophies. Also canon.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Geek says he has no interest in the competition and tells Cody he won't attend. That turns out to be a lie, as he secretly watches from the jungle with a fatherly smile on his face.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny
    • The concept of artificial Jitter Cam (created with a specialized Motion Capture camera) was pretty unique when the film first came out, but, like all good things, has been overdone to the point of sickness.
    • Improving in animated films. Here, it was a necessity. Ten years later, it's expected.
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  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: Arguably An Aesop of the whole film. Cody cares about beating the competition and takes surfing seriously. It isn't until he learns from Big Z that looking at sports from a competitive view ultimately ruins what makes them fun.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: By the filmmakers' own admission, the "animated mockumentary" gimmick was a little too ambitious and by the third act, the film becomes a more-or-less conventional family film simply to wrap up the story.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • The film featured the best water effects ever for a CGI film at the time, even outdoing Finding Nemo.
    • The artificial Jitter Cam.
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