Oddball and the Penguins

Synopsis: The true story about an eccentric chicken farmer (Shane Jacobson) who, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks and in the process tries to reunite his family and save their seaside town.
Genre: Adventure, Family
Director(s): Stuart McDonald
Production: Momentum Pictures
  6 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min



Argh! Argh!


Far, far away

in a magical part of the world,

there is a special place -

the sleepy town of Warrnambool.

Where fairy penguins -

the littlest penguins of all -

call home.

They nest on a rocky place

called Middle Island.

For years, the townspeople

walked the shallow channel

to the island

to watch thousands of fairy

penguins return home at night.

Because the penguins brought

a special magic to the town.

But one night,

foxes found that they too

could walk to the island.

And in just

a few short years...

there were hardly

any penguins left.

And there was nothing

the townspeople

could do to save them.

This is just awful.

Especially if you're a penguin.

Jack, Zoe,

how many penguins are left?

You know, I'm gonna let Watt

be the angel of doom.

Em, look, you should know that

the numbers aren't great, OK?

Morning, Emily.

Sorry to be the...

- How many, Mr Watt?

- 20.


You just did your count.

Maybe some left already.

Zoe did her count at dawn before

they go out to hunt. It's 20.

I remember when there were

thousands here. What a shame.

Maybe they're just staying out

to protect themselves.

We just need to hold

the foxes off a little while.

- How? With tranquillizer guns?

- Yeah.

- See how well that's been going.

- I was actually doing alright

till the foxes defied nature

and learnt how to swim.

Listen, your annual review

is in two weeks.

To keep funding

and sanctuary status,

you need at least 10 penguins

to call this place home.

- And at this rate...

- Mr Watt, Paul, please.

You knew my mum. This sanctuary

was her everything.

I can't let her down. Please.

That's why I've stuck my neck

out with council for so long.

I'm sorry, Emily.

But if council sees less

than 10 penguins next month,

the place won't be a sanctuary,

it'll just be a rock.

So now what do we do?

Well, unless things take a turn,

we're all out of work.

With the fairy

penguins almost gone,

it seems

the magic of Warrnambool

will soon be gone too.

The town's only hope

now lies with...

a chicken farmer

and his very odd dog.

They just don't know it yet.

Right. Ugh!

Brrr! Brrr!


Ah, yes!

Nothing like a good

cold kick to the ventricles

to start the day, eh, ladies?




Morning, Missy.

Oddball! Breakfast!

Oddball, where are you, mate?

Oh! Get out of there!

How many times do I have

to tell you, you crazy dog?

Here. That's your food.

What are you waiting for -

a knife and fork? Just eat it up.

Right, your turn to shower.

The only Maremma dog in history

that can't bring itself

to guard chickens.

Explain that to me.

Huh? Give me one good reason

why I shouldn't trade you in

to the highest bidder.

Not that I'd get much for you.

There's a good one, then.

You! You're still grounded.

So stay. OK?

I'm off to pick up Livvie.

And don't destroy anything!

And if you do,

glue it back together

so I don't know about it.

Another day, another dozen.

What happened to 'stay'? Eh?

You are dopey if you think

you're coming into town with me.


Well, move over. Go on.

Shove over.

Go on, over you get.

Keep your head down

and your mouth shut.

Took me six months

to pay off your last debt.

Move over! Alright. Off we go.

I am really sorry

about the penguins, Olivia.

You know, I'm sure that

your mom and her team,

they're doing

everything they can.

They're very smart. Um...

But, hey, you know what?

This gives us a chance to bond.

Right? No? Maybe not.

Hey, Olivia,

we're in a bit of a hurry.

Did you get your bag

all packed?

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