Oddball and the Penguins

I love going to the cinema with my children. It’s always fun to watch something new and especially when it’s something we’re not familiar with…. it’s nice to be surprised.

That’s what it felt like with new film Oddball and the Penguins. I had no preconceptions about it because I hadn’t even heard of it.

Reading the synopsis….. a true story about a dog (Oddball) who helps save some penguins on a little Island off the coast of Melbourne, Australia…. I have to admit I wasn’t sure. It was being billed as a lovely family film though and my daughter absolutely loves animals so I knew we had to give it a go.

And boy was I pleasantly surprised.

Honestly, the film is absolutely brilliant!

As soon as it started, we were instantly captivated by the stunning backdrop of the Melbourne coastline and the wonderful characters. The gruff but cuddly Grandpa, Swampy, who was ever so loving and very funny; his cute granddaughter who became his little sidekick, the hero of the film, Swampy’s dog Oddball.. the Maremma Sheepdog, and of course the adorable little Penguins!

oddball and the penguins review

The Penguins live in a sanctuary which was once looked after by Swampy’s late wife. His daughter is now in charge but the numbers of penguins on the Island have significantly dropped due to foxes and if they don’t improve, the sanctuary will be shut down. With the prospect of his daughter and granddaughter moving away if the penguins can’t be saved, Swampy needs to do something fast.

Swampy discovers that Oddball has a wonderful, protective connection to the Penguins so, along with his beloved nine year old granddaughter Olivia, they formulate a plan!

oddball and the penguins

Cue an adventure and a race against time.

Will they manage to save the sanctuary before it’s too late? Someone is determined to stop them…. but who?

We thoroughly enjoyed this film, it had a great storyline and my daughter fell in love with Oddball and the cute little penguins. I love the fact that it’s based on a true story. The film definitely brings a refreshing change from the usual cartoon kids films that seem to dominate this niche.

My daughter here meeting the star (not the actual dog from the movie but one of his relatives!) He actually came into the auditorium and watched the film! 

 Oddball And The Penguins is released across the UK on February 12th, in time for half term. It’s a great film that the whole family will love.


  1. This looks like a great film to go and see with the kids over half term. Maxi LOVEs penguins

  2. This sounds like a lovely film for young kids. I’ve seen those tiny penguins near Melbourne and they’re very cute.

  3. I haven’t heard of this before but it looks like something we would enjoy

  4. Oh my goodness how cute are those two! Sounds like a film my little one would enjoy too, thanks for the review.

  5. Oh this sounds like a great film. I lived in Australia for a couple of years so I can imagine what it’s like. Must have a look into it 🙂

  6. Sounds interesting. We recently watched another Australian film for kids and really enjoyed it.

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