Surf's Up

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I can't imagine a better day.

Surf's Up (2007) is an American computer-animated mockumentary film produced by Sony Pictures Animation, released on June 7, 2007[1] by Columbia Pictures. It is a parody of surfing documentaries, such as The Endless Summer and Riding Giants.

Cody Maverick[edit]

Interviewer: Any other skills besides surfing?
  • Like what? Like singing and dancing? [laughs] No, not me man, I just surf.
  • Singing and dancing refers to Happy Feet, another animated feature film with penguins.
  • I hope the cameras are rolling cause you're gonna want to watch this over and over and over again.
  • Cody being interviewed about his fathers death - Cody " I'm not the only one on this island that their dads have been... eaten."
  • Interviewer "Still, it must have been traumatic." Cody " No not for me man, not for me."
  • Cody's this, Cody's that" - Cody's me bro. Let me be me.


  • I can't imagine a better day.
  • Start the whale.


  • Somebody help the chicken!
  • Ah crap!

Chicken Joe[edit]

  • Cody's around here somewhere, I can feel it in my nuggets!
  • Squidito on stickito?
  • Whispers "radical"
  • Look at that cloud it looks like a kitten!

Geek/Big Z[edit]

  • You need some more clams!
  • No joy man? no joy. fail.

Ivan (Fire Urchin)[edit]

  • Stepped on me. Stepped on me? Are you kidding? This guy was dancing on me. I mean just look at this, broken, broken, gone, gone, broken, broken, broken.

Katey, Smudge, and Arnold[edit]

  • A winner is someone who doesn't knock me off my surf board, and break it when I'm trying to get some big waves. Specially Tank he is definitely not a winner.
  • He's a dirty trashcan full of poop.


Overvoice: Sea urchin in the foot, that sounds pretty nasty. How do you cure something like that?
Katey: You pee on it.
Overvoice: That's disgusting.
Katey: I knowww.

About Surf's Up[edit]

  • The project at Sony, Surf’s Up, was looking for two directors. Chris Jenkins pitched us the idea – Ash and myself, although it was separately.

I fell in love with the idea. I thought doing a documentary – or ‘mockumentary,’ whatever, but it really is kind of an animated documentary – I thought was really unique and fun. I was a big fan of a lot of the reality shows on TV. It just really spoke to me. Doing an animated movie like that – getting into the heads of an animated character, being able to do these talking head interviews along with all the action that we did – that sort of excited me the most. I also thought the penguins were as cute as can be. Then, surfing – I always wanted to surf. I’m trying to learn right now.

  • The technical end of it, I wasn’t too worried about, because I know the guys at Imageworks can do almost anything. They’re geniuses over there. We did say to them, ‘If we can’t do the water well, then we can’t do this movie.’ We were going to have so many waves and so much water. It just has to look great. Of course, they came up to the challenge. They did way better than I could have even dreamed.
You know what it was? It was probably trying to convince people along the way that this could be something really fun and special, because it’s different. When you do something different like this documentary, a lot of people may just not understand it, or they just don’t think that people will enjoy it or whatever.
I know convincing people that kids would get it was a hard one, too. They kept saying, ‘Well, kids aren’t going to get a documentary. Kids don’t watch documentaries.’ But kids watch reality TV. They watch a lot of that. My kids do. This is the same as that.
You can call it whatever you want to call it: ‘documentary’ or ‘reality TV.’ It’s a slice of life, what’s happening right then in the moment. Kids have just loved it, and they don’t question it at all. They don’t even call it a ‘documentary.’ It’s just entertaining to them.
So, I think that was our hardest thing along the way. Until scenes were animated or sequences were really done did others outside of Ash, Chis and myself really understand it – did they finally go, ‘Oh, okay, I kind of get what you’re doing!’ – or until they showed it to an audience were their fears put to rest. So, that was the biggest challenge. That was ongoing. Not until you could show a finished product could you prove it.
  • Chris Buck [2]

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