Director: Ash Brannon, Chris Buck
It seems a little silly to include an animated movie about surfing penguins, but consider the facts. It’s got a) co-signs from pros Kelly Slater and Rob Machado, who both cameo in the film; b) an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature; and c) a box office take of $149 million. Meant to be a parody of past surfing documentaries, this mockumentary goes behind the scenes of the Penguin World Surfing Championship with up-and-coming surfer Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf). The voice cast also includes Zooey Deschanel, Chris Rock, Jeff Bridges, and Sal Masekela. While it’s surely a nod to passionate surfers and a wink at the art of documentary filmmaking, it’s also an enjoyable introduction to the sport for kids everywhere.