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Farce of the Penguins (2006)

A mockumentary that illuminates penguin survival and mating rituals, as well as one bird's search for love while on a seventy-mile trek with his hedonistic buddies.

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Bob Saget

Writer:

Bob Saget
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Cast

Credited cast:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Narrator (voice)
Alyson Hannigan ... Hottie Penguin (voice)
Bob Saget ... Carl (voice)
Brie Larson ... I Need a Z-Pack Penguin (voice)
Carlos Mencia ... Juan Sanchez (voice)
Dave Coulier ... There's No Snow Penguin (voice)
John Stamos ... What's Global Warming Penguin (voice)
Jodie Sweetin ... He's So Gross Penguin (voice)
Lori Loughlin ... Melvin-Smacking Penguin (voice)
Jason Biggs ... Insecure Penguin (voice)
Jim Belushi ... They're Aall Bitches Penguin (voice) (as James Belushi)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Helen (voice)
Damon Wayans ... Hey, That's My Ass! Penguin (voice)
Drea de Matteo ... Ester (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Alexander ... Penguin on Belly (voice)
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Storyline

In this spoof of "March of the Penguins," nature footage of penguins near the South Pole gets a soundtrack of human voices. Carl and Jimmy, best friends, walk 70 miles to the mating grounds where the female penguins wait. The huddled masses of females - especially Melissa and Vicki - talk about males, mating, and what might happen this year. Carl, Jimmy, and the other males make the long trek talking about food, fornication and flatulence. Until this year, Carl's sex life has been dismal, but he falls hard for Melissa. She seems to like him. A crisis develops when Jimmy comes upon something soft in the dark. Can friends forgive? Does parenthood await Carl and Melissa? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

What Happens In Antarctica... Stays in Antarctica See more »

Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive crude sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2007 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

A Farsa dos Pinguins See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,597
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gilbert Gottfried and Scott Weinger also appeared in Aladdin (1992). See more »

Goofs

Neither Arctic Foxes nor Arctic Owls occur in Antarctica. The same is true of several species of penguins shown. See more »

Quotes

Carl: Cuz he loved her... in a way IIIIIII never diiiiiiiid...
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Crazy Credits

No penguins were harmed during the making of this film. However, one of our editors, and we won't say which one, kept a human head in his mini-refrigerator the entire time he was editing this picture. See more »

Connections

References Eyes Wide Shut (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

No More Baby
Performed by Disco Blue (feat. Baby)
Written by Bergsenson & Daniele Torrente
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
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Seldom hilarity amidst the ridiculously cheap affair
30 January 2007 | by oneloveallSee all my reviews

This extremely minimal production yarn might be an embarrassing excuse for a mockumentery, but is not the completely useless piece of celluloid trash that some are making it out to be. Keeping in the stoner-addled tradition of things in fact, one may even squeeze off a few scatological belly laughs in the otherwise depressingly low-brow, low budget affair. Apparently it boils down to this: Writer/Director Bob Saget has a lot of friends in Hollywood. They may not all be on top of their game, many even out of the limelight for some time, but a common friend indeed they have with their oft-ridiculed, former television dork dad.

What Saget gets to exploit out of this is a plethora of B-listers, which makes for an impressive cast on paper….but do not be fooled. On top of the disengaging sound quality which reeks of home studio, almost all of the frequent one line cameos done by celebrities are so apathetically subdued that one cannot help but think most of these people are phoning in a favor to an old Hollywood friend, with absolutely no intention on getting any attention in this project; who can blame them? Even at 80 minutes, relying on a low grade stash of penguin stock footage in order to manipulate a crude plot into this joke must have sounded drastically unappealing to most participants.

Thankfully a few of Saget's crew actually rise to the occasion, that is to say that they do not let their hubris get in the way of embracing the full-on stupidity of the project. It is in those low-fi moments of tasteless class that a few voice actors and the rancid production actually get to shine in it's context. Samuel L. Jackson, as the narrator was an excellent choice, although even his central dialog feels like his head is somewhere else (to the scripts credit, they actually throw in a joke to echo this sentiment). The only other voice actors that make an earnest contribution to this goof are Lewis Black (who thankfully had a large role) and Tracey Morgan, making all other voice actors seem completely indifferent. For the few genuinely hilarious moments that reached further then this trite March of the Penguins farce, I am unexpectedly happy for, but for a majority of screen time, viewers need either be indulging their chemical dependencies, or mocking aloud with friends in order to receive anything special out of this shell of a movie.


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