Club Penguin: The Movie (also known as Club Penguin: The Movie - The Adventure Begins, Club Penguin and Club Penguin - Operation: Blackout) is a 2017 Canadian-American 3D computer-animated musical comedy-adventure family film based on the 2007 Disney online video game of the same name by Lane Merrifield, who later signed up to produce the movie along with Colin Lloyd Pendergast.
Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Colin Entertainment, Ltd., and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, this film is directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, produced by Colin Lloyd Pendergast and Lane Merrifield, and executive produced by John Lasseter. The film was released in March 29, 2017, the same day that Club Penguin was discontinued to make way for its successor Club Penguin Island.
Because the EPF was soon rushing over to Herbert P. Bear, Club Penguin became completely defenseless. Herbert is successfully able to bomb the EPF Headquarters and kidnap Gary the Gadget Guy, which allows him to conquer the Club Penguin Island. Two penguins named Paxton and Olivia, who both moved into Antarctica, are recruited as EPF Agents to stop Herbert and save Club Penguin, as well as across the world.
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- Dylan O'Brien as Paxton, a light blue penguin who moved in from his family to a new place known as Antarctica. He is one of the main protagonists of the movie.
- Laura Bailey as Olivia, a green penguin who also moved into Antarctica from her family like Paxton. She is one of the main protagonists of the movie.
- Wallace Shawn as Gary the Gadget Guy, a light blue penguin who was a local inventor and the former owner of the Sports Shop.
- Grey DeLisle as Dot, a pink penguin who was the first EPF Agent and also the Master of Disguise.
- Tom Hanks as Jet Pack Guy.
- Catherine Taber as Cadence, a pink penguin who is a singer, dancer, and popular musical artist.
- Michelle R. Lewis provides the singing voice for Cadence.
- Jacob Davich as Rookie.
- Fred Tatasciore as Captain Rockhopper.
- Cristina Pucelli as Aunt Arctic
- George Takei as Sensei.
- Dave B. Mitchell as Herbert P. Bear, an arctic white polar bear who is a criminal mastermind and an arch nemesis for EPF. Herbert is the film's main antagonist.
- John Hurt as Doctor Skia (Greek translation of Skia to Shadow) a gray-black penguin who was Herbert's sidekick until the half-middle of the movie when Herbert betrayed him and put him into a cell where Gary is. (released posthumously)
- Colin Lloyd Pendergast as Colin, a dark blue dancing penguin wearing a tuxedo suit and a top hat.
- Alan Tudyk as Duke Weaselton, a small-time greedy weasel crook who previously appeared in Zootopia. He's also the film's secondary antagonist just like Doctor Skia.
- Alan Tudyk also provides the voice of The Director of the EPF, Aunt Arctic's EPF codename and alter ego.
- Rob Paulsen as Klutzy the Crab, Herbert's sidekick and the minor antagonist. He was silent throughout the movie from the beginning until the beginning of the film's climax when Herbert forced Klutzy to finally speak.
- Don Lake and Kristen Bell as Paxton's parents.
- Owen Wilson and Bonnie Hunt as Olivia's parents.
- Ellen McLain as Computerized Door Voice.
- Penguin Band
In late 2015, Colin Lloyd Pendergast is writing the script for a Club Penguin feature film, as he got the permission from Walt Disney Studios with the special help of Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (who also directed the 2013 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film Frozen together). In March 17, 2016, the script is completed. The film was originally going to be released in October 24, 2017 for the 12th anniversary for the game, but it was changed to March 29 as the original Club Penguin game would be discontinued to make way for its successor Club Penguin Island.
During pre-production, John Hurt is hired by Pendergast, and he confirmed his role as the secondary antagonist name Doctor Skia. A few weeks later, he finished recording the lines on January 20, until five days later, he was passed away on January 25, 2017.
The character designs of the penguins are illustrated by Lane Merrifield and Colin Lloyd Pendergast. Those character designs for the movie are similar to the character designs from the game. After pre-production wrapped up, Walt Disney Animation Studios will create the computer animation for the penguins, the puffles, the characters, and the Antarctica-like environment.
One teaser trailer is released on December 25, 2016 on the official Disney and Club Penguin YouTube channels. A few months later, two theatrical trailers are released on February 10, 2017. In post-production, Nick Fletcher and Chris McKay edited the entire sequence of Dot the Disguise Gal singing "Master of Disguise" from LazyTown using the animated footage, Dot's voice, and the instrumental music track from said song.
The film is composed by Christophe Beck, Henry Jackman, Phil Collins, and Mark Mancina. The songs that are heard from the credits include The Party Starts Now! by Cadence, Look Through My Eyes by Phil Collins (previously heard from the 2003 Disney film Brother Bear), We Will Rock You by Queen and remixed by VonLichten (previously heard from the 2015 film Pixels), and Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake (previously heard from the 2016 DreamWorks film Trolls). The musical numbers for the movie, including "New Home Begins", "Good Morning", "We Had To Work Together", "Untitled villain song", "TBA" and "TBA", are written by Mark Mancina. One song from LazyTown, "Master of Disguise", is sung by Dot, voiced by Grey DeLisle.
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Television specials and shorts
Walt Disney Animation Studios released three Club Penguin TV specials We Wish You a Merry Walrus, Club Penguin: Monster Beach Party, and Club Penguin: Halloween Panic! on Club Penguin's official YouTube channel, and also on DVD and Blu-Ray. They also released four Club Penguin Shorts that are only available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
The film earned $1.104 billion worldwide, and was a huge commercial success.
Club Penguin: The Movie received universal critical acclaim from audiences, critics and Club Penguin fans across the globe. The film got a 100% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes saying "Club Penguin: The Movie is a special exciting fun treat for the whole family and a fun, smart and interesting way to give a nice and heartwarming conclusion to a terrific online game. Kids love that film so much that they bid farewell to Club Penguin, the original online game itself." Another review aggregator, Metacritic, gave the film a score of 94 out of 100 based on 123 reviews indicating "universal acclaim".
Club Penguin: The Movie is rated G for some mild cartoon violence. This movie is for general audiences, so all ages are admitted.
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Colin Entertainment Ltd. accepted the rights of all characters from Club Penguin, which was owned by Disney Interactive Studios.
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- English - Club Penguin: The Movie
- Japanese - クラブペンギン：映画
- German - Klubpinguin: Der Film
- French - Pingouin De Club : Le Film
- Spanish - Pingüino Del Club: La Película
- Italian - Pinguino Di Club: Il Film
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- Club Penguin: The Movie is the first penguin film to be made by Walt Disney Studios and Colin Entertainment, Ltd. where most other penguin films were made by other companies such as Warner Bros. Pictures (Happy Feet), Metro Goldwyn Mayer (The Pebble and the Penguin), Sony Pictures Animation (Surf's Up), National Geographic Society (March of the Penguins), and DreamWorks Animation (Penguins of Madagascar).
- The film is mainly based in the Club Penguin EPF in-game mission Operation: Blackout.
- This film become one of the final films to feature English actor John Hurt before he passed away on January 25, 2017.
- Several notable actors and celebrities were considered for the role.
- Skia was originally going to be voiced by either Christopher Lloyd, who also did the roles for Dr. Emmett Brown from Back to the Future and Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Peter Capaldi, John Cleese, or Tim Curry, but instead, Pendergast, the producer of the film, hired John Hurt to voice the character.
- Josh Gad is originally going to voice as Rookie, but he was replaced by Jacob Davich to voice Rookie.
- Judy Hopps from Zootopia was mentioned in this movie as "Cottontail" by Duke Weaselton.
- Many penguins are wearing clothes from many Disney characters as a special Easter egg.
- This film is a tribute to the original Club Penguin online game.