What's black and white and green — in both senses of the word — all over? Penguins, of course! Ash Brannon and Chris Buck's animated mockumentary is cute, good-hearted, occasionally clever, ecofriendly and almost fart-joke-free, but it's also sadly constrained by the fact that mainstream American animation is kiddie fare. You can feel a more ambitious, ambiguous movie about surf culture straining to escape the extended visual gag of penguins hanging ten.
Undersized rock-hopper penguin Cody Maverick (voice of Shia LaBeouf) — he was the small egg, his mother sighs — just doesn't fit into his frosty Antarctic hometown. While his Shiverpool friends and f...