Oddball Saturday, 21 September 2019

Oddball

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: General.

  • The pitch:

    A fairy penguin tale.

  • Starring:

    Shane Jacobson, Coco Jack Gillies, Sarah Snook, Alan Tudyk, Deborah Mailman, Terry Camilleri, Richard Davies

  • Directed by:

    Stuart McDonald

  • Running time:

    95 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), U (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People/animals are shot with a tranquiliser gun (drugged), knocked over, covered in dropped food, hit with objects, muzzled, doused with urine, head-grabbed, ear-grabbed, kicked, caged/impounded, attacked (assumed eaten), arrested, wrestled. People fall over, fall down an embankment, tumble out of a stationary vehicle. Crushed bicycle, objects thrown/smashed. Explosion. Break-and-enter. Dead penguins, jailing a minor mentioned. Growling, barking, yelling, arguing, screaming. Blood/gore: Bloody wound on wing, bloody fur, blood on finger. Bee stings on face. Object protruding from skin. Clinic setting (stainless steel operating tables, etc).

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Hairy shirtless man. Animal mating/breeding discussed. Penguin flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine). Intoxication (tranquiliser serum).

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling. Religious reference.

  • THEMES:

    Conservation, extinction, fairy penguins, family, grandfather-granddaughter relationships, single parenting, grief, bureaucracy, tourism, breeding, sabotage.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Relationship breakup. Deceased wife/mother/grandmother frequently discussed. Courtroom, animal clinic setting. Full moon. Dogs, penguins, foxes, chickens, seagulls, pelicans. Fart, jar of urine. Based on a true story. Also known as Oddball and the Penguins.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Endearing, funny, heartfelt, uplifting, enchanting, cute, dramatic, refreshing, heartwarming, charming, amiable. Wonderful characters, fun performances, beautiful cinematography, concise/contained/smart script, sweetly told story, family friendly, strong/un-preachy message, animals are a joy to watch, great sight gags.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    A little corny, sometimes feels as if it is trying too hard, some wishy-washy subplots, obvious studio scenes; contrived/unbelievable/weak/unnecessary final-act twist.

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