There’s double the cuteness in Oddball and The Penguins, as an adorable Maremma sheepdog meets a group of sweet little penguins. This Australia-set family feature which is based on a true story – although I imagine the creative liberties taken here were vast – tells the story of eccentric chicken farmer, ‘Swampy’, and his troublemaking but loveable dog, Oddball.
When his daughter’s penguin sanctuary comes under attack from foxes, Swampy quickly realises that, with a bit of training, Oddball could just be the protection they need. He, his daughter and granddaughter, with the help of Oddball, attempt to save the penguin’s island from being turned into a whale watching platform, and must contend with a number of villains – a stuffy new boyfriend, a strange dog catcher, and a mysterious, Scooby-Doo-esque baddie at the centre of everything.
As far as half-term offerings go, you couldn’t go far wrong with Oddball – especially if your children are too young for Goosebumps. This gentle and inoffensive family fairy tale is less abrasive on the ears than Alvin and The Chipmunks, and has a great message about animal conservation at the centre of it.
It’s surprisingly charming, visually pleasing, and is sure to keep your little ones entertained for at least an hour and half this school break. With a few genuinely funny moments dropped throughout, you might just get something out of it as well – especially if you’re a lover of animals. Oddball and The Penguins may not be the next family classic, but it certainly does its job well; sometimes, you can’t ask for more than that.
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