is made for both children and parents, gifting the audience with an entertaining and moving story
about family and friendship.
Set in a remote area in Australia, the film focuses on a family who devoted its entire life to preserve
and save an endangered species of penguins, known as Little Penguins, from the wild foxes that are
hunting them. This flock of penguins are living on a deserted island, supervised by Emily, a young
single mother who gave up her life to keep her late mother's project alive. Unfortunately, since the sea town of Warrnambool, where Emily and her family lives, can't afford surveillance on the island, the foxes are decimating the flock. Throughout the film the numbers of survived penguins keeps dropping and, if by the official counting they will be less than ten, the wild sanctuary will have to be re-purposed.
will try to coach their untrained and unruly maremmas dog Oddball to guard the penguins and save
In 'Oddball and the Penguins' the plot follows the classic standard for these kind of family comedies
that want to entertain both adults and children. The comic aspect of the movie, always related to
Oddball being a tornado and destroying everything in his path, is well balanced with the more serious, as well as tender, scenes that portray the deep bond between this special family that
stood together and helped each other through the best and worst.
Even though Oddball and the Penguins is not a high quality film made with the finest technique and
extraordinary cinematography, the movie is still great to watch. Its main purpose is to create
awareness about an environmental matter that maybe many people ignored by using humour and
emotions to help the audience empathise with the story.
and the volunteering project that, since 2006, is using maremmas dogs to protect them.
In making this film the director was able to highlight the great effort that many people had to make in order to save this wild sanctuary. Not only that, but he was also able to teach to both children and parents the valuable lesson that in life it is important to believe in something great and that, when the road ahead gets difficult and filled with obstacles, one can always count on their family to go through them and finally reach their goal.
great principles and it does so by adding entertainment and comedy all enclosed in a huge, furry and extremely sweet maremmas dog.
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