Summer is here again. The schools are emptied, bees are buzzing, and movie studios are biding for our hard-earned dollars with new summer blockbusters and with it the inevitable video game tie-in. Sony has released movie from ther newly created animation studio, Surfs Up, about a surfing penguin who has to overcome something and win the heart of someone while learning an important life lesson. Last year Sony released Open Season to compete with the other computer-animated childrens movies, which had lackluster success both at the box office and game sales.
Most movie/video game translations dont do well, in either direction. A video game about a movie (Shrek, Open Season, The Matrix, Spiderman) is usually mediocre at best, and movies based on a video game (think Resident Evil and Doom) are usually horrible. Surfs Up has a bad legacy to overcome, so lets take a closer look