Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
“What would WWE wrestlers look like as animated surfing penguins?” is probably not a question you’ve ever thought to ask, let alone expected to be answered. But sometimes life is full of delightful surprises. Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania picks up with young surfing penguin Cody Maverick, who along with his friends Chicken Joe and Lani fall in with the Hang Five. Described as “the most extreme dream team” of surfers, the Five have the extreme voices to match their extreme skills: they are portrayed by the WWE’s
Described as “the most extreme dream team” of surfers, the Five have the extreme voices to match their extreme skills: they are portrayed by the WWE’s John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H, Paige, and Mr. McMahon. Watch the Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania trailer below.
It’s a bit surprising that Surf’s Up is getting a sequel at all, considering it opened nine years ago and grossed a limp $150 million worldwide on a budget of $100 million. It’s more surprising still that said sequel is bringing in a bunch of WWE stars to voice the birds. But let’s not lose perspective here: this is a movie about penguins who love to surf. Professional wrestlers turned voice actors are really the least weird thing about it.
The Hang Five are the only voice cast announced so far, which strongly suggests that the actors from the first film (which included Shia LaBeouf as Cody Maverick, Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel, and Jon Heder) are not returning for the sequel. This one is going to coast on the star power of the WWE, who somehow manage to look tough even in cuddly cartoon form. It’s a gift, I guess.
Surf’s Up 2 arrives sometime in spring 2017.
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