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A fourth-grader, Aoyama-kun, investigates the mysterious reason behind the sudden appearance of penguins in his village, which is somehow related to a power from a young woman working at a dental clinic.
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Cast of Penguin Highway
Aoyama's Sister (voice)
Aoyama's Mother (voice)
Aoyama's Father (voice)
Hamamoto's Father (voice)
Penguin Highway Reviews
San Francisco Chronicle
G. Allen Johnson
The joy of discovery is at the heart of "Penguin Highway," a delightful new anime that is about the mysteries of life, both scientific and personal. Oh, and it's about penguins, too.
Sunshine State Cineplex
The use of CG to augment the hand-drawn animation continues to push the boundaries of how to integrate the new technology into traditional Japanese animation.
Comes off as if a lascivious purveyor of adult-oriented anime got their hands on a Miyazaki project.
Sean Chandler Talks About
I enjoyed it more than Spirited Away, because it's more straight-forward. This one is weird, but it's also grounded to human emotions.
Diario La Estrella (Fort Worth, TX)
An unforgettable summer adventure. [Full review in Spanish]
Common Sense Media
Magic, mystery, some mature content in lovely anime.
A wonderful film that uses unexplainable phenomena as a backdrop for childhood innocence and discovery.
Penguin Highway is a sweet and charming movie that revisits it's like to be young and curious again.
Rachel's Reviews (YouTube)
It is a weird movie and it's kind of an anime version of Stranger Things...but it's charming in its own way
The Young Folks
Enchanting, exuberant, and odd enough to stick to the sides of one's brain for days post-viewing, Penguin Highway is a must-watch for anime fans. And for people yearning for a heady hit of bliss to brighten their dark days. For everyone, really.
Making his feature debut, 30-year-old director Hiroyasu Ishida confidently adapts Tomihiko Morimi's bestselling coming-of-age novel, gracefully segueing...
An irresistibly out-there mystery that plays like a cross between "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Stranger Things," if either of those influences' sense of horror were replaced with wonder...
Asian Movie Pulse
Hiroyasu Ishida directs an anime in the style mostly established by the aforementioned in the prologue, mixing fantasy with reality, through a story mostly involving children but actually carrying messages that are addressed to adults.
FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
This is a very promising, engaging film... Strange and charming.
Those who love the art of animation and want to seek out something new and different from the norm are advised to see Penguin Highway.
Washington City Paper
Backed by a gorgeous score, Aoyama's quest for answers is only somewhat satisfied by the time the credits roll. And that is perfectly fine, Ishida seems to say.
Nora Lee Mandel
Charming anime children's story that also celebrates science education...Follows the child scientist doing careful scientific observation... though writing is un-translated.
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