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Penguin Highway(ペンギン・ハイウェイ)

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Japan · 2018
Rated PG · 1h 58m
Director Hiroyasu Ishida
Starring Kana Kita, Yu Aoi, Rie Kugimiya, Miki Fukui
Genre Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A fourth-grader investigates the mysterious reason behind the sudden appearance of penguins in his village, which is somehow related to a power held by a young woman working at a dental clinic. A delightful film that immortalizes that beautiful and fleeting moment between childhood and adolescence.

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Austin Chronicle by

It perfectly catches that childish point just before adolescence, where young boys are starting to notice girls but still want to find frogs in pools.


San Francisco Chronicle by 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.


Variety by Peter Debruge

To simplify matters: If you see just one anime feature this year, it ought to be Penguin Highway. It’s not that the style or story is mind-blowingly original, the way the best Miyazaki movies are; rather, this well-written cartoon playfully complements the kind of storytelling that Westerners are already enjoying via American-made, live-action series, while incorporating lots of delightfully Japan-specific details along the way.

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