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Sony Pictures Animation

Sony Pictures Animation is a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, founded in 2002, which produces computer-animated films.

Digital animation for their films is made by Sony Pictures ImageWorks. Sony Pictures Animation was created due to the success of ImageWorks' short animated film The ChubbChubbs!.

Their first feature film, Open Season, was released on September 29, 2006. The SPA logo seen at the beginning of their films features original music composed by James Newton Howard.

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The Smurfs

50th anniversary of The Smurfs commemorative coin

The Smurfs (Les Schtroumpfs) are a fictional group of small sky blue creatures who live in Smurf Village somewhere in the woods. The Belgian cartoonist Peyo introduced Smurfs to the world in a series of comic strips, making their first appearance in the Belgian comics magazine Le Journal de Spirou on October 23, 1958. The English-speaking world perhaps knows them best through the popular 1980s animated television series from Hanna-Barbera Productions, The Smurfs.

The original name "schtroumpf" and the accompanying language came during a meal Peyo was having with his colleague and friend André Franquin in which, having momentarily forgotten the word "salt" Peyo asked him to "pass the schtroumpf". Franquin replied: "Here's the Schtroumpf — when you are done schtroumpfing, schtroumpf it back" and the two spent the rest of the week-end speaking in schtroumpf language. The name was later translated as "smurf" into English.

At the time, Peyo was the creator, artist and writer of the Franco-Belgian comics series entitled Johan et Pirlouit (translated to English as Johan and Peewit), set in Europe during the Middle Ages. Johan serves as a brave young page to the king, and Peewit (Pirlouit, pronounced Peer-loo-ee) functions as his faithful, if boastful and cheating, midget sidekick.

On October 23 1958, Spirou magazine started to publish the Johan and Pirlouit story La flûte à six trous ("The Flute with Six Holes"). The adventure involved them recovering a magic flute, which required some sorcery by the wizard Homnibus. In this manner they met a tiny, blue-skinned humanoid creature in white clothing called a "Schtroumpf", followed by his numerous peers who looked just like him, with an elderly leader who wore red clothing and had a white beard. The characters proved to be a huge success, and the first independent Smurf stories appeared in Spirou in 1959, together with the first merchandising. The Smurfs shared more adventures with Johan and Pirlouit, got their own series and all subsequent publications of the original story were retitled La flûte à six Schtroumpf (also the title of the movie version of the story).

With the commercial success of "The Smurf empire" came the merchandising empire of Smurf miniatures, models, games, and toys. Entire collecting clubs have devoted themselves to collecting PVC Smurfs.

The storylines tend to be simple tales of bold adventure. The cast has a simple structure as well: almost all the characters look essentially alike — mostly male, very short (just "three apples tall"), with blue skin, white trousers with a hole for their short tails, white hat in the style of a Phrygian cap, and sometimes some additional accessory that identifies a personality (For instance, Handy Smurf wears overalls instead of the standard trousers, a brimmed hat, and a pencil above his ear). Smurfs can walk and run, but often move by skipping on both feet. They love to eat Sarsaparilla (a species of Smilax) leaves, whose berries the smurfs naturally call smurfberries (the smurfberries appear only in the cartoon; in the original comics, the Smurfs only eat the leaves from the Smilax).

The male Smurfs almost never appear without their hats, which leaves a mystery among the fans as to whether they have hair. The animated series canon state that they may be bald: one episode of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon has Greedy Smurf removing his chef's hat to give Papa Smurf a pie he had concealed under it, revealing a bald head. Another episode, St. Smurf and the Dragon, shows Hefty Smurf's hat rising up off his bald head briefly as he and others slide to a stop. Both Papa Smurf and Grandpa Smurf have full beards and hair visibly coming from under their hats above the earline. In The Smurfs and the Magic Flute, a Smurf took off his hat briefly for a polite gesture.

In the comics, the last page of the first album Les Schtroumpfs noirs (The Black Smurfs) shows Papa Smurf's hat blown off by an explosion, revealing his completely bald head (which may simply be due to old age). In Le Schtroumpfeur de Bijoux (The Jewel Smurfer), Jokey Smurf gets very angry and defensive when a human tells him he should take off his hat.

The Smurfs fulfill simple archetypes of everyday people: Lazy Smurf, Grouchy Smurf, Brainy Smurf, and so on. All smurfs with the exception of Papa, Baby, Nanny and Grandpa are said to be 100 years old. There were originally 99 smurfs, but this number increases as new Smurf characters appear, such as the smurflings and Nanny. Smurfette is not one of the original smurfs because she was created by Gargamel, the evil wizard.

The Smurfs' community generally takes the form of a cooperative, sharing and kind environment based on the principle that each Smurf has something he or she is good at, and thus contributes it to Smurf society as he or she can. In return, each Smurf appears to be given their necessities of life, from housing and clothes to food. Some have argued that the foundation of Smurf society resembles the basic principles of Communism, although Peyo's son, Thierry Culliford, has stated in an interview that his father "wasn't interested in politics at all".

A characteristic of the Smurf language is the frequent use of the word "smurf" and its derivatives in a variety of meanings. The Smurfs replace enough nouns and verbs in everyday speech with smurf as to make their conversations barely understandable: "We're going smurfing on the River Smurf today." When used as a verb, the word "Smurf" typically means "to make", "to be", "to laugh", or "to do". The word appears to serve the same function as the Spanish verb "hacer" or the French verb "faire". It was implied a number of times that Smurfs nonetheless all understood each other due to subtle variations in intonation; one human character attempting the language asking for a "glass of smurf", implicitly "water", is misunderstood by every Smurf who each assumes another item.

So that the viewer of the animated series is able to understand the Smurfs, only some words (or a portion of the word) are replaced with the word "smurf". Context offers a reliable understanding of this speech pattern, but common vocabulary includes remarking that something is "just smurfy" or "smurftastic".

In Schtroumpf vert et vert Schtroumpf, published in Belgium in 1972, it was revealed that the village was divided between North and South, and that the Smurfs on either side had different ideas as to whether the term "smurf" should be used as a verb or as a noun: for instance, the Northern Smurfs call a certain object a "bottle smurfer", while the Southern Smurfs call it a "smurf opener". Rather than agree to disagree on the subject, the Smurfs on both sides insisted that theirs was the only acceptable pronunciation and would resort to increasingly confrontational methods to prove their point, from heated arguments, to protests marches and random acts of violence. Papa Smurf himself kept out of the argument, occupied at the time on working on an important formula, but, when the conflict led to all-out war, he had to use desperate measures to restore the natural Smurf order. This story is considered a parody on the still ongoing taalstrijd (language war) between French- and Dutch-speaking communities in Belgium.

The Smurfs live in houses made from mushrooms or houses that just look like mushrooms (often built of stone), somewhere in the middle of a deep forest. Johan and Peewit would make visits, as well as a number of other forest natives but it is otherwise not possible for a human to find the smurf village except when led by a smurf.

The Smurfs was named the 97th best animated series by IGN. They called it "kiddie cocaine" for people growing up during the Eighties.

Since the first appearance of the Smurfs in Johan and Peewit in 1958, 26 Smurf comics have been created, 16 of them by Peyo. Originally, the Smurf stories appeared in Spirou magazine with reprints in many different magazines, but after Peyo left the publisher Dupuis, many comics were first published in dedicated Smurf magazines, which existed in French, Dutch and German. A number of short stories and one page gags have been collected in comic books next to the regular series of 26.

In 1965, a black-and-white 87-minute animated film called Les Aventures des Schtroumpfs was released in theatres in Belgium. It consisted of five short cartoons made in the previous years for broadcasting on Walloon TV. German copies and copies with Dutch subtitles are known to exist. The stories were based on existing Smurf stories like The Black Smurfs and The Smurfs and the Egg, and were created by writer Maurice Rosy and artist Eddy Ryssack from the small Dupuis animation studios. In total, ten animated shorts were created between 1961 and 1967, the first series in black and white and the later ones in colour.

However, in 1976, La Flûte à six schtroumpfs (an adaptation of the original "Johan and Peewit" story) was released. Michel Legrand provided the musical score to the film. The film would in 1983 be released in the United States (after the animated series became popular there) in an English language dubbed version, produced by Stuart R. Ross in association with First Performance Pictures Corp, and titled The Smurfs and the Magic Flute. The film was distributed theatrically in North America by Atlantic Releasing Corp., on VHS by Vestron and syndicated on television by Tribune Entertainment. A few more full-length smurf movies were made, most notably The Baby Smurf and Here are the Smurfs, created from episodes of the Hanna-Barbera TV cartoon series.

Sony Pictures has announced plans to begin a trilogy of live-action/computer-generated Smurf films. The project had been in various stages of development since 2003. In June 2008, it was announced that Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation have acquired film rights from Lafig Belgium. Current plans have Jordan Kerner producing with Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third screenwriters J. David Stem and David N. Weiss in negotiations to write.

The Smurfs secured their place in North American pop culture in 1981, when the Saturday-morning cartoon The Smurfs, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in association with SEPP International S.A., aired on NBC from 1981 to 1990. The show became a major success for NBC, spawning spin-off television specials on an almost yearly basis. The Smurfs was nominated multiple times for Daytime Emmy awards, and won Outstanding Children's Entertainment Series in 1982–1983. The Smurfs television show enjoyed continued success until 1990, when, after a decade of success, NBC cancelled it due to decreasing ratings and plans to extend their Today morning show franchise to create a Saturday edition (although it didn't do that until some time later).

Warner Bros. has announced its tentative plans to start releasing the complete Smurfs Cartoon series on DVD in the United States in season box sets in 2008. Season One, Volume One was released on February 26, 2008 and is available for sale. It includes the first nineteen episodes of the series. Season One, Volume Two was released on October 7, 2008.

In the TV series many classical masterpieces are used as background music during the episodes, among them Grieg's Peer Gynt and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

From 1959 on until the end of the 1960s, Dupuis produced Smurf figurines. But the best known and most widely available Smurf figurines are those made by Schleich, a German toy company. Most of the Smurf figurines given away as promotional material (e.g. by British Petroleum in the 1970s and McDonald's in the 1990s) are made by Schleich as well.

New Smurf figures continue to appear: in fact, only in two years since 1969 (1991 and 1998) have no new smurfs entered the market. Schleich currently produces 8 new figurines a year. Over 300 million of them have been sold so far.

Over the decades, many singles and albums of Smurf music have been released in different countries and languages, sometimes very successfully, with millions of copies sold. The best known is the single The Smurf Song and its accompanying album, created by Dutch musician Pierre Kartner who sings under the alias Father Abraham, which reached the #1 position in 16 countries. Worldwide, more than 10 million CD's with Smurf music have been sold between 2005 and 2007 alone.

For several years, the Smurfs were the children's act in the Ice Capades travelling ice show; for many years after they were retired from that function, the smurf suits from the show were issued to Ice Capades Chalets, the show's subsidiary chain of ice rinks, lasting until the show was sold to a group of investors led by Dorothy Hamill, and the Chalets were sold to Recreation World. The Smurfette suit in particular had a somewhat different hairstyle from what was portrayed in the Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

Around 1984, the Smurfs began appearing in North American theme parks owned by Kings Entertainment Corporation. Each park featured a Smurfy attraction and Smurf walk-around figures.

The Smurfs have appeared in video games made for most major game consoles (including Nintendo's NES, Super NES, and Game Boy systems; Atari, ColecoVision, Sega's Game Gear, Master System, Mega Drive and Mega CD systems; and the original Sony PlayStation) and for the PC.

In 2005, an advertisement featuring The Smurfs was aired in Belgium in which the Smurf village is annihilated by warplanes . Designed as a UNICEF advertisement, and with the approval of the family of the Smurfs' late creator Peyo, the 25-second episode was shown on the national evening news after the 9pm timeslot to avoid children seeing it. It was the keystone in a fund-raising campaign by UNICEF's Belgian arm to raise money for the rehabilitation of former child soldiers in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo—both former Belgian colonies.

In honor of their 50th anniversary in 2008, the Smurfs began a year long tour in connection with UNICEF. The Smurfs have made appearances in various countries on the day of their 50th "Smurfday", in the form of publicly-distributed white figurines which recipients can decorate and submit to a competition. The results of this contest are to be auctioned off in order to raise funds for UNICEF.

Sony Pictures has announced plans to begin a trilogy of live-action/computer-generated Smurf films. The first Smurf film will be released on December 17, 2010. The project had been in various stages of development since 2003. In June 2008, it was announced that Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation have acquired film rights from Lafig Belgium. Current plans have Jordan Kerner producing with Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third screenwriters J. David Stem and David N. Weiss in negotiations to write.

On February 26, 2008 Warner Bros. released Season 1 Volume 1 on DVD. It contained the first 19 episodes. On October 7, 2008 Warner Bros. released Season 1 Volume 2 on DVD. It contained 20 episodes from season 1. Though Warner Bros. has decided to discontinue the season sets and release single disc volume sets instead, they are reportedly still following its correct order of episodes.

In Australia a 9 disk 50th Anniversary Collection was released. It contained a total of 52 episodes.

Because of their characteristic blue colour, "Smurf" has become a nickname for pretty much anything distinctly coloured blue. Examples include the police forces of Greece, Spain, Denmark and Finland, the United Nations Protection Force members in Bosnia (because of their light blue helmets), the sweat-suit uniforms (affectionately referred to as "Smurf Suits") issued to recruits at the United States Navy's Recruit Training Center at Naval Training Center Great Lakes Illinois, and the sweat-suits of the Finnish Defence Forces (called "Smurffipuku", "smurf suit"), and fans of the Blu-Ray video format (because of the colour of the laser involved). Members of the Finnish BDSM organisation SMFR are called "Smurfs" not because of the colour, but because of the similarity of the names. The Boise State University football stadium features an artificial grass surface whose blue tone has earned the nickname, "Smurf Turf". In Major League Baseball, Fans of the San Francisco Giants often refer to fans of the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, who wear blue attire, as "Smurfs". At the University of Texas at Austin, the Student Microcomputer Facility (SMF) is often nicknamed "The Smurf Lab" because of its initials.

Participants in online newsgroups and blogs may also be defined as "smurfs," and as an insult in description of a silly and childishly cute style in their participation.

Electricians refer to a particular type of plastic conduit as a "smurf" or "smurf conduit" and because of its blue color, which is similar to the color of The Smurfs.

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Armand Serrano

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ARMAND SERRANO is a feature animation visual development artist and layout journeyman. He has been in the animation industry for 18 years and currently an art director for Sony Pictures Animation in Culver City, CA. He was also a layout journeyman for Walt Disney Animation Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Armand grew up in Quezon City and studied engineering at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1989. He worked as an apprentice engineer for a construction company only to give up that career after six months of practice to go back to drawing.

In May, 1990, Armand started in animation as an inbetweener for FilCartoons, Inc., a subsidiary studio of Hanna-Barbera Studios California. After ten months as an inbetweener, he moved to layout department and that was the start of his career as a layout artist. While working for Filcartoons, he was involved in the production of Captain Planet & the Planeteers, Johnny Quest, Addams Family, Pirates of Dark Water, Tom & Jerry Kids, Young Robin Hood, Greatest Stories from the Bible, Droopy, Police Academy, Yogi Bear, Fender Bender, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures and Dreamstone.

Armand moved to Philippine Animation Studio, an independent studio also in Manila doing TV series projects for Marvel Productions, in 1994. He supervised layout for overseas production of Fantastic Four, X-Men, Biker Mice From Mars and an animated music video for Prince.

In the spring of 1996, Armand moved to the US to work for 7th Level, Inc., a multimedia company which develops games, in Glendale, California. Same year, he completed a Layout Visualization and Background Design course at Associates in Art in Sherman Oaks, California. After a few months, he made a major step by moving to feature animated films at Walt Disney Animation Studios in February, 1997. He and his family were relocated to Orlando, Florida to work on their then-ongoing project Mulan.

After seven and a half years and four feature films, Armand decided to move back to the west coast after Disney announced that it's closing it's doors to their Florida strudio. Sony Pictures Animation took him in to start development on Surf's Up. Armand and his family were relocated back to Los Angeles in 2004. Armand is currently holding an art director post at Sony Pictures Animation.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (film)

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a 2009 computer-animated film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and distributed by Columbia Pictures. It is scheduled for a theatrical release on September 18, 2009 and is inspired by the children's book of the same name by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett. It is the Sony Pictures Animation's third film.

Whereas the book had one speaking character and a loose narrative, the film introduces new main characters, and explains the origins of the unusual weather in the town of Chewandswallow.

Co-writers and co-directors Philip Lord and Chris Miller say that it will be a homage to and parody of disaster movies such as Twister, Armageddon, Independence Day, and The Day After Tomorrow..

A scientist trying to solve world hunger by converting water into food encounters a problem of global proportions, as food begins to fall from the sky.

The first trailer was released online on March 18, 2009.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a children's book written by author Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett. It was first published in 1978 by Aladdin Paperbacks.

The book describes the town of Chewandswallow, where the weather comes three times a day, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is always food and beverages. The rain is juice and soup, the snow is mashed potatoes, and the wind brings hamburgers. However, when floods and storms of food come – creating dilemmas such as the school getting smothered beneath a giant pancake, forcing it to close, a ketchup tornado, and giant meatballs crushing the town – the town must do something to survive.

On August 15, 2006, Sony Pictures Animation announced that they would be making a film adaptation of the book. The movie will attempt to tell the origins of Chewandswallow's weather. The planned release date is September 18, 2009. On June 13, 2008, it was announced that Andy Samberg and Anna Faris would star in the film. On September 18, 2008, it was announced that Bill Hader and Anna Faris had signed on to voice the two lead characters. Hader will voice Flint Lockwood, "a young inventor who dreams of creating something that will improve everyone's life." Faris plays Sam Sparks, "a weathergirl covering the phenomenon who hides her intelligence behind a perky exterior." James Caan, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, and Tracy Morgan are also on the voice cast. Co-writers and co-directors Philip Lord and Chris Miller say that it will be a homage to and parody of disaster movies such as Twister, Armageddon, and The Day After Tomorrow.

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Open Season (film)

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Open Season is a 2006 computer-animated film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and inspired by the humor of "In the Bleachers" cartoonist Steve Moore. The film was directed by Roger Allers, Jill Culton and Anthony Stacchi. It was released on September 29, 2006. The film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and released by Columbia Pictures. The story centers around woodland creatures that are traditionally hunted teaming up against hunters. It has also been released in the IMAX 3D format. A video game for the film was released on multiple platforms.

In the tranquil town of Timberline, a 900 pound grizzly bear named Boog (Martin Lawrence) enjoys a captive existence. He spends his day as the star attraction of the town's nature show and spends his nights living the life of luxury in the garage of park ranger Beth (Debra Messing) who raised him since he was a cub in a poor captive state.

One day, maniacal hunter Shaw (Gary Sinise) drives into town with the one-antlered mule deer Elliot (Ashton Kutcher) strapped to the hood of his truck. Boog wakes him as the two scream in terror. With Boog reluctant to intervene, Elliot begs to for help to escape. At the last minute and against his better judgment, Boog frees Elliot before Shaw could go after him. Boog never expects to see his "buddy" again.

Elliot follows Boog home and finds him sleeping in the garage and starts to throw rabbits at the window. Elliot tells Boog the he is intent on returning the favor by "freeing" him from his garage captivity. Elliot introduces Boog to a world of sweet temptations outside of the garage that he has never known. When the grizzly's true instincts begin to emerge, events quickly spiral out of control as the two ransack the town's food store. Elliot escapes before Boog is caught by a friend of Beth, police officer Gordy (Gordon Tootoosis).

At the nature show, Boog meets up with Elliot who is being chased by Shaw. Boog attempts to help Elliot, but from behind the curtain, it looks like he is attempting to brutalize Elliot, causing the whole audience in the show to panic before Boog finally threatens to kill Elliot. Shaw prepares to shoot Boog and Elliot, but the bear is instead shot by Beth with a tranquilizer gun; she shoots Elliot as well (six times). The two trouble-makers are released into the Timberline National Forest, only 3 days before the start of hunting season.

Without any bear skills, Boog takes Elliot as his hapless guide to get him back home to Timberline to reunite with Beth. But in the woods, they quickly learn that it's every animal for itself. The two run into their share of the forest animals including hot-tempered skunks, psychotic ducks and panic-stricken rabbits. They also run into critters such as the Scottish-accented squirrel, McSquizzy (Billy Connolly) and his rogue gang, Reilly (Jon Favreau) and his beaver construction worker team, and a porcupine who is in search of a friend. With each adverse encounter, Boog learns a little about self-reliance and Elliot gains self-respect. Elliot finds his herd crush, a pretty female, Giselle, but is also found by the herd leader, Ian (Patrick Warburton), a militaristic mule deer who has forced Elliot out of the herd. They walk away from Ian's taunting, realizing that they've obtained true friendship.

Elliot attempts to lead Boog out of the forest, but it becomes evident that he has no clue where they are going. After winding up at Reilly's dam, Boog and Elliot are confronted by Shaw. Boog tries to run over the dam, but it is not a "load bearing structure". It breaks under his weight and the rush of water washes everyone in the forest, including Shaw, to the clearing below.

Everyone blames Boog, but Boog accuses Elliot of lying. He confesses, saying he wanted Boog as a friend and used that lie to do so. Angry, Boog leaves to unwittingly find Shaw's cabin. Shaw discovers him and pursues him to the city road where Boog happens upon the glowing lights of Timberline. Instead of deserting his companions, Boog helps the other animals defend themselves using supplies taken from Bob and Bobby's RV while their pet, Mr. Weenie, joins along.

The following day, Boog leads a rampage against the hunters, sending them running after McSquizzy blows up their trucks. Shaw returns for a final battle. Elliot takes a bullet meant for Boog, enraging the bear who ties up Shaw with his own gun. Boog finds that Elliot survived the blast, only losing his second antler in the fight. Beth returns to take Boog back home, but instead he stays with his friends. She realizes that the bear is home in the forest.

The film location was inspired by the towns of Sun Valley and McCall Idaho and the Sawtooth National Forest. References to the Lawn Lake, Colorado, Dam flood, Longs Peak, and other points of interest in the area are depicted in the movie.

Of the three directors on working on the film, only Roger Allers had experience in feature film directing before.

The Sony animation team developed a digital tool called shapers that allowed the animators to re-shape the character models into stronger poses and silhouettes and subtle distortions such as squash, stretch, and smears, typical of traditional, hand-drawn animation.

Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher never met during production.

Boog: The reluctant hero and protagonist of Open Season. He is a domestic,900-pound grizzly bear who can do nothing more than to continue living in the tranquil town of Timberline with his owner, park ranger Beth, who raised him in captivity. Boog has developed skills at living around humans and is the local Timberlines Nature Show's attraction but he has absolutely no skills in surviving in the Timblerine woods and would be at a complete loss if he ever had to "rough it" in the woods. It would take a force of nature to get Boog out of Timberline since he doesn't want to be alone when he is separated from home. And that is where his "friend", Elliot, comes in. When hunting season opens, Boog, Elliot, and all the forest animals band together to drive the hunters out of the forest. Shaw, however, still roams the forest grounds, and wounds Elliot. Outraged, the pure animal instincts within Boog are awakened, and Boog attacks Shaw like any real grizzly would do in contact with a normal person, and even mauls like one, before taking his rifle, and tying up his limbs with it. Boog and the rest of the animals choose to stay in their natural habitat.

Elliot: A scrawny, fast-talking mule deer. Elliot gets hit by a truck driven by Timberline's hunter, Shaw, and arrives in town with a missing antler and is strapped to the hood of Shaw's truck. As the runt of the Timberline woods, Elliot comes across as a pest, but all he really wants is to be accepted. After he persuades Boog to free him, neither of their lives are ever the same. Elliot soon starts an unlikely friendship with Boog to help the other animals to live. Elliot seems to love "Woo-Hoo" bars (actually Nummy bars) and coffee, claiming that coffee is "terrible yet wonderful at the same time." However, when Boog gives Elliot a fishy cracker, Elliot spits it out in disgust. In a shot when Elliot is holding Boog's favorite teddy bear, he was holding the bear in his crotch. That shows that Elliot is a laid-back deer. He also seems not to care about anyone's belongings. When he and the rest of the forest animals drive the hunters out of the forest, Shaw steps in, and is about to shoot Boog, but Elliot intervenes, and nearly takes the bullet. He is only stunned however, and when Shaw is dragged out of town, Elliot stays in the forest with all his animal friends. At the end of the movie, Elliot ends up losing his other antler after getting shot by Shaw during regular open season, yet it also appears as if he's won Giselle's heart.

Jackrabbits: These creatures have a lot of appearances since there are thousands of them around the Timberline woods, watching and waiting behind any rock and under every bush. The Jackrabbits are afraid of any threats and thrive on panic. There is also no escape from those creatures. Out of all the animals in the film, they clearly take the most abuse, especially when rabbit-fights begin (replacement of snowball fights). They also make pretty good gas masks and face towels.

Buddy: This character is seen when Boog gets his butt on his quills and he was a loner who wanted to have friends and constantly wants to give a hug. Buddy always says "buddy" and speaks in complete sentences when spooked or excited about something. Buddy also doesn't understand that he is downright painful to be around.

Reilly: The construction foreman of the woods, Reilly (voice by Jon Favreau) is an extreme perfectionist North American Beaver who takes great pride in the building of the largest dams in the world. He is also a tough worker who gets the job done come high water...and has plenty to say when Boog and Elliot mess up his work. Seems to have taken a fanatical liking to the chainsaw he stole.

Giselle: A mule deer doe in the Timberline woods, she is quick-witted and strong-willed. Giselle has a very long neck, that makes her a little less beautiful. The only reason that Elliot likes her is because Ian is not affectionate. Giselle puts up with the rantings of the strong and tough mule deer buck, Ian, and secretly longs for a little sensitivity in her life. She is the living object of Elliot's affection, which puts Elliot at even greater odds with Ian. Capable of holding her own against anybody.

Ian: The leader of a mule deer herd who is bold and opinionated. A tough, muscular Alpha male, Ian easily intimidates the herd into submission, and like the quarterback of a football team picking on a class nerd, he has forced Elliot out of the herd and told him never to come back. Fed up with his browbeating, the rest of the herd would love it if someone stood up to Ian as a "tough guy"... but none of them will. Although a bully when Boog first meet him, Ian later became friends with the bear and had helped Elliot lead the deer herd to an attack against the hunters as a steed for Elliot. Was last seen wearing a jacket that caused him to fall down in embarrassment in front of two other deers of the herd.

The Herd: The rest of the mule deers led by Ian. Tend to confuse an oval formation with a circle one and are afraid to stand up against Ian himself. Double as cavalry as well as mobile firing platforms for the Furry Tail Clan (with underwear attached to their antlers).

Serge and Deni: A pair of psychotic mallard ducks with French accents. Both were survivors of the "Great Migration", an event where many other mallards were shot down by hunnters while Serge and Deni remained the only survivors of the incident, both refusing to fly again and Deni suffering from insanity after being shot in the butt by a hunter. Eventually, the shell-shocked pair get their chance at payback when Boog and Elliot enlist them (with backup) to ward off the hunters back to town. One of the pair (presumed to by Deni) had the honor to drop "Mr. Happy" (a gas cylinder McSquizzy stole from Mr. Weenie's owners) on a guy's van. Deni was also the source of Maria and Rosie's argument near the end of the film.

McSquizzy: A gray squirrel who speaks in a Scottish accent (played by Billy Connolly), McSquizzy is the leader of the Furry Tail Clan, a group of hundreds of squirrels, and is the Guardian of The Pine. He may appear small but he makes up for it with a fierce temper. McSquizzy and the Furry Tail Clan own many trees that no one will ever touch or climb on because nobody--and they mean nobody--messes with McSquizzy. Stole a gas cylinder (which he christened "Mr. Happy") and used it against the hunters and was with the herd (riding on Mr. Weenie) when the assault started. Was responsible for blowing up every single one of the poachers' vans by shooting a signal flare towards the back of the van Mr. Happy landed.

The Furry Tail Clan: A clan of gray squirrels loyal to McSquizzy. They often shout "Oi!" when they appear onscreen and like poking fun at Mr. Dinklemann (Boog's teddy bear). Their main arsenal often consists of acorns, though they were seen throwing various items (household or otherwise) at the hunter during the assault. Were also seen firing forks of flaming marshmallows at the hunter using the antlers of the herd and underwear as slingshots.

Maria and Rosie: Two female Striped Skunks, Maria and Rosie are not to be messed with and they sometimes argue and fight over something (in fact, they fight over everything). If someone dares to be around them, they will force people to smell their butts to death or else they will spray their foul-smelling gas from their scent glands and even though they smell their butts they will still gas people anyway to make people learn not to mess with them. If any poachers run, they cannot hide. Led all the other skunks into battle against the hunters while hanging on a flock of mallards then they started gassing the hunters to death. Last seen fighting over who would gas shaw.

Mr. Weenie: A domestic Dachshund accustomed to a pampered good life. Mr. Weenie has a personality to match his name. While taken captive, when on vacation with his owners, Bob and Bobbie, he discovers that he has been living a lie and begs to join Boog, Elliot and the other creatures of the woods to take him with them. During the plan to run the hunters back to town, Mr. Weenie had never felt so alive. Last seen being used as McSquizzy's steed when he chased Reilly for cutting down a pine with his chainsaw. Mr. Weenie is the catalyst for the story in, and partially the star of, the direct-to-video sequel called Open Season 2.

Salmon: They are "super elite ninja assassins" - expert martial artists who appear speak in Japanese accents (though the only words that ever came out of their mouths are just screams and shouts). Not to be taken lightly, ever.

Beth: Boog's beloved owner and park ranger of Timberline, Beth is a kind woman who always watches for Boog and raised him since he was a cub. Ever since Boog threatened to kill Elliot when the mule deer messes up his Nature Show career, Beth is concerned that Boog shouldn't live in Timberline anymore and soon puts him somewhere in the Timberline woods (above the waterfalls) where he will be safe before hunting season. She is very emotional towards Boog and possesses a maternal instinct towards him, and this clearly conveyed when she is forced to let him go in the end.

Shaw: Timberline's fanatical hunter, Shaw is the main villain of Open Season and is an arch-rival to Beth . During hunting season, Shaw hunted many animals as trophies and was the one responsible for hitting Elliot with his truck. When hunting season opened, he entered the forest that Boog and Elliot occupied, and sought Boog. He was about to harvest him, when Elliot intervened, and was sedated. For wounding his ally, Boog became a real grizzly, and viciously attacked Shaw and tied him up with his own rifle, after which the other animals started pounding the heck out of him. At the end, Shaw is strapped to the roof of the RV of Mr. Weenie's owners after mistaking him for Bigfoot (he was covered in leaves and feathers at that time) and running him over and hasn't been the same since. He never started hunting again.

Lorraine Shaw's pet rifle, Lorraine's apparently a high caliber pump-action model with a sniper scope and has "her" name engraved on the butt-stock. Last seen used by Boog to maul Shaw, rendered unusable thereafter.

The film opened #1 with $23 million on its opening weekend. It grossed $85.1 million in the United States and $104.8 million in foreign countries making $189.9 million worldwide.

The soundtrack includes original music scored by Ramin Djawadi (half of the 1980s synthpop duo Blancmange) with help by and original songs written by Paul Westerberg, formerly of The Replacements. Audio of the songs can be located here.

The film was released on DVD and UMD Video and Blu-Ray on January 30, 2007. It includes a new animated short called "Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run", deleted scenes, Audio Commentary, I Wanna Lose Control music video, Swept Away documentary and other disc extras.

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Surf's Up (film)

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Surf's Up is a American Academy Award-nominated computer-animated mockumentary film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and distributed by Columbia Pictures. It stars the voices of Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel, Jon Heder among others.

It is Sony Pictures Animation's second film, the first being Open Season on September 29, 2006. The American premiere occurred on June 8. It is directed by Ash Brannon (the co-director of Toy Story 2) and Chris Buck (the director of Tarzan). Pre-production for Surf's Up began in 2002.

It is a parody of surfing documentaries, such as The Endless Summer and Riding Giants, with parts of the plot parodying North Shore. Real-life surfers Kelly Slater and Rob Machado have vignettes as their penguin surfer counterparts.

A documentary crew follows the events of Cody Maverick (voiced by Shia LaBeouf) a small rockhopper penguin residing in Shiverpool, Antarctica (a pun on Liverpool, England). After a childhood visit from surf legend Zeke "Big Z" Topanga, Cody aspires to emulate the renowned legend by becoming a famous and respected surfer.

Eventually, talent scout Mikey Abromowitz (voiced by Mario Cantone) arrives in Shiverpool scouting for surfers to compete in the Big Z Memorial Surf Contest. Cody joins the group of surfers, once he's proven himself to Mikey, and quickly befriends Chicken Joe (voiced by Jon Heder), an easy-going surfer from Wisconsin. Other prominent surfers are part of the scouting tour as well, Renato Mendes (Brazil), Rory Nubbins (Australia), and Tatsuhi Kobayashi (Japan). Soon after arriving at Pen Gu Island, Cody crosses paths with the local lifeguard named Lani Aliikai (voiced by Zooey Deschanel) as she rescues the penguin child, Arnold, from "drowning." Shortly thereafter, Cody has an altercation with the egotistical Tank "The Shredder" Evans (voiced by Diedrich Bader), a large muscular penguin and nine time winner of the Big Z Competition, when he witnesses Tank hurling stones at Big Z's memorial shrine. The disturbance catches the attention of promoter Reggie Belefonte, all too eager to allow Cody to challenge Tank to a surf-off on the spot. Unfortunately Cody's inexperience with the challenges the competition has to offer leads to a terrible wipeout; unable to come up for a proper breath of air, he is pulled under and injured when he steps on a fire urchin. Lani takes the injured and unconscious Cody to the jungle home of a hermit called the Geek (voiced by Jeff Bridges) in order to get help for his injuries and to recuperate. The Geek studies the injury, removes the urchin spine, and uses an old trick taught to him to heal the poisonous sting, urinating on it.

By morning Cody is woken by the Geek, who is eager to remove the young surfer from his premises. On the escort back, Cody realizes that he has lost his Big Z necklace. Geek is less than impressed, though shows curious reactions to Cody's tale of Big Z and how Cody received said necklace. He shows Cody the route back to the beach, and leaves the young penguin be. A short time having passed, Geek has found Cody's necklace in his hut and quickly returns to the path fork, finding Cody still sitting on the log, and returns the Big Z necklace. As if in an effort to make up with the surfer-to-be, Geek notices the log's type, Koa (of which all the best surfboards are made), and decides for Cody that they're making him a surfboard. Cody, bemused and surprised, reluctantly agrees and the two attempt to haul the log back to Geek's hut.

A little slip up on Cody's part and soon the log is rolling in the opposite direction, with Geek soon with it. The log ends up flying off a cliff, Geek, however, stays hanging on for dear life on the cliff itself. After a quick rescue from Cody, the young surfer notices what the cliff looks over: a beautiful and pristine beach. Unable to contain his curiosity, Cody treks down the steep cliff, inadvertently taking Geek with him. On the beach now, Cody explores a toppled tree and soon realizes it houses several old surfboards, those of Big Z's. Geek is seen investigating a dilapidated shack littered with messages of grief from Big Z's fans, and from his reaction, Cody realizes that the Geek is Big Z.

Almost instantly, Cody's excitement that his lifetime hero still lives is unleashed in a torrent of questions and theories as to what happened, much to the chagrin of Z, who quickly takes to hiding within his old home. Cody is now convinced that this is his chance, with his hero by his side to train him, he can win the Memorial Surf Off no question. Eventually Cody lures Z from the hut, having pulled Z's old boards from their resting spot and attempting to surf with them out in the crystal blue ocean. Cody takes a few more wipeouts as he attempts to get Z in the water, but slowly manages to work tips from Big Z; Z, however, is still not impressed, and with one last (and Z predicted) wave, Cody is pulled ashore ("Don't touch my stuff, man.") and told that he won't be doing any surfing until he has made a board of his own.

Eager Cody and mellow Z finally get to work on the Koa board, halving the log from earlier, and getting a pattern drawn. The two are quickly at odds with one another, Cody becoming frustrated with his mentor's overbearing attitude towards the board ("No, no I don't want your help!"). Z backs off, and allows Cody to pry his way through the wood, creating a "work in progress" gouged plank that quickly snaps once actually in the water. Cody becomes irritated and leaves the beach, leaving Z and the documentary crew behind (Z offering them barbecue cooked over the broken wood). He's soon reunited with Lani, on her way to Geek's hut with a satchel full of clams. It is revealed that Lani knew of Geek's true persona, she was his niece, and in her very own excitement, she takes Cody to a special spot on the island, the Lava Tubes. After a thrilling race through the tubes and a "winning" landing in glow worm droppings, a shower, and a talk, Lani convinces Cody to return to Z. Cody complies, realizing his folly, and returns to Z's beach, beginning work on a new surfboard under the bright moonlight.

By morning, he has finished the board, Z is surprised and pleased, Cody has successfully created a proper board this time. Z, being the playful sort, puts Cody through a few more land-based tests first, before he allows Cody in the water, all intended to make Cody realize that surfing should be about having fun, and not contests and winning. Once the young surfer has proven that to Big Z, they're off to the water! A true feat, Z's first attempt at surfing in over 10 years proves that he's still the soul surfer he always was. Lani soon arrives on the beach and joins the duo as they surf the rest of the day away.

Now evening, Cody, Lani, and Zeke are resting beside a fire, cooking a few shrimp, Z is entertaining them with his personal ukulele song, while Cody waxes his new board. Cody soon asks Big Z to come and watch him surf in the Big Z Memorial Surf competition. Z is highly reluctant, becoming irritated with the questioning, but ashamedly reveals the truth behind his disappearance. Ten years ago, winning had become everything to Z, he was facing Tank Evans in a Reggie Belafonte backed contest, and realizes soon enough that he couldn't beat the then up-and-coming Tank. Not wanting to end up a loser and wash-up to his fans and friends, Z decided the only right choice was to disappear.

On that last big wave, Z lets go of his board, allowing it to careen into the Boneyards, himself slipping off into the wave and out of sight, permanently. Cody is in disbelief, his hero had given up. Tossing his necklace into the dark waves, Cody storms off, intending to win the contest alone. Cody continues through the forest and is caught in a trap set by the natives of Pen Gu island. Chicken Joe appears, having been looking for Cody ever since his disappearance, and since had befriended and apparently traveling with the Pen Gu-ins, retrieves Cody just as the horn blows for the start of the Surf Off.

The first waves remove most of the surfers from the contest, leaving Tank, Cody and Chicken Joe to continue on. Things become heated and Tank makes it clear his intentions to take out Chicken Joe, leaving Cody with an opportunity to win, an opportunity he does not take. Instead he clashes with Tank, sending them both to "The Boneyard", a section normally roped off and considered the most dangerous section due to the rough nature of the waves and the lacerating and towering rock formations. Tank is knocked out cold after colliding with some of the rocks, Lani rescues Tank and brings him to shore while Cody hangs on to dear life on any surface he can grab. Big Z appears and with the help of a particularly large and crashing wave, rescues Cody from the dangers of the Boneyard. Once together on Zee's old board they exhaustedly paddle safely to shore. Finally ashore, Z is quickly revealed to the curious and questioning onlookers. After standing up to Reggie in his attempt to auction off the "deceased" Cody's board, Z invites everyone to his old beach spot to surf. Cody finishes talking with the documentary crew at this point and joins his friends in the water. Having learned that friendship and fun is the heart behind surfing, Cody finally catches a tube with Big Z. The film ends with Z, Cody, Lani, and many others surfing the waves as the sun sets.

This film is rated PG by the MPAA for mild language and some rude humor.

The following music can be found on Sony's official film soundtrack.

Two songs by Green Day, "Welcome to Paradise" and "Holiday", are used for background music in the film. However, neither song appears on the official soundtrack album, likely due to the profanity in the songs. In the primary teaser trailer, the song "Get on Top" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers can be heard in the background, but that too wasn't included in the soundtrack. Again, possibly due to profanity and the song's subject matter of prostitution. "Welcome to Paradise" was also used in the second trailer promoting Surf's Up, as well as "Three Little Birds" by Sean Paul featuring Ziggy Marley.

The DVD and Blu-Ray behind-the-scenes featurette entitled "Making Waves" features the song "The Water", performed by Venice (band). This also does not appear on the "Surf's Up" soundtrack, but can be found on Venice's "Garage Demos Part 2: Fast Stuff" CD.

The original score composed for the film by Mychael Danna was released on a limited edition (of a thousand units) 23 track CD.

The film took in a respectable $5.8 M on its opening day, though it did open at number 4 at the box office. After one weekend, the film grossed $17,640,249. As of March 23, 2008, the film has grossed $58,867,694 domestically and $90,134,487 in the remaining markets, bringing the worldwide gross to $149,002,181.

These appeared on the film's trailers, posters, and production material.

Surf's Up has received generally positive reviews from critics, and the film is 'Certified Fresh' by, with a 78% approval rating among reviews. Some noted that in spite of it coming so soon after many movies featuring penguins (March of the Penguins, Madagascar, and Happy Feet), it was able to stand out on its own. This was an improvement from Open Season, Sony Pictures Animation's previous film, which received mixed reviews.

Indeed, the film pulled a bit of a surprise by being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in January 2008. While Ratatouille (the eventual winner) and Persepolis were widely regarded as being certain nominees, some thought that the third nominee in this category would be The Simpsons Movie.

It was also nominated for the 80th Academy Awards for Academy Award for Best Animated Feature but lost to Ratatouille.

In the Australian market, a few small plush characters of Cody, Lani, Chicken Joe, and Geek replace some of the toys in the US lineup.

Promoting the release of the film on DVD, the "Cool Kids Combos" at Carl's Jr. locations included Halloween themed Trick-Or-Treat bags with Halloween inspired Surf's Up characters on either side (Lani in witch garb, Cody as a vampire). A two-sided puzzle was available, as well as a figurine of the Geek, including stickers.

There appear to be one other set of toys available in the Cool Kids meals as well. Those included are a Cody figurine with spring-launch surfboard, a Lani figurine that balances on a surfboard, Chicken Joe, a bobble type figure, much like the McDonald's release. The last toy is a set of stickers with two backgrounds.

It should be noted that the bios on the boards are mistaken in places. Cody is "seventeen years of age" in the film, and Geek is listed as an emperor penguin in source material.

Coldkeepers, LLC made custom printed Kold-To-Go thermal bags featuring the Surf's Up movie lead characters. The bags were sold from May to July 2007 in major grocery store chains across the nation. official site.

Build A Bear stores sold plush toys of the film's protagonist, Cody Maverick. Patrons could "build" their own Cody as well as dress him up in an array of surf-themed clothing and other accessories in Build A Bear workshops. They could also purchase Cody and accessories at the official site.

Several plushes from Nanco intended for claw machines can also be found and purchased in varying sizes (from 6 inches to 11 inches to 17 inches). Characters available: Cody, Lani, Tank, Geek, Big Z, Chicken Joe, and Reggie Belefonte.

A rare set of larger (Geek measures 15 inches) and higher quality plushes had been made available at the premiere's after party. Won either through available games, or given away with gift sets for attendees. Cody, Lani, Arnold and Geek were created and so far no plans for the dolls to be sold commercially have appeared.

A series of children's 100 piece puzzles are available as well depicting various characters and setups.

Five inch waterproof plush tub toys released by Jakks Pacific in minimal quantities to most major retailers. Five characters were produced, including Cody, Tank, Big Z, Arnold, & Chicken Joe. Each character has an attached washcloth/surfboard, but sport questionable likenesses (and in the case of Chicken Joe, entirely off model, bearing more of a resemblance to Mikey).

Six Surf's Up eggs that allow you to "hatch" a character and let it grow in water are also available.

There are Cody and Lani themed comforters (full, twin, single), bed sheet sets, and throw pillows available. As well as children's underwear with Geek and Cody's visage on the garments. Several trinkets such as Surf's Up charm bracelets, necklaces, and character key chains exist.

The movie saw the release of an extensive batch of printed media, mostly aimed towards young children.

Along with the release of the film, a companion Surf's Up video game was released for all the current video gaming systems on the market. All versions of the game are the same with mild graphical differences, with only the Nintendo DS version changing the overall format.

The film was also made in to a mobile video game by developer Gameloft, which became available on cell phones.

Surf's Up was released on high-definition Blu-ray Disc, PSP UMD Video and DVD in the United States on October 9, 2007. It is sold in both Widescreen and Fullscreen versions.

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