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Fun Family Film: Surf’s Up 2 WaveMania

We visited as a guest of Sony

Harbor view from the Aquarium of the Pacific

Sony Pictures invited us to help celebrate and kick off the new Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania film! Our family was excited when we received the invitation to attend the screening of Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.

Long Beach Harbor

Patio at the Aquarium of the Pacific

View of Long Beach from the Aquarium of the Pacific

We welcomed the opportunity to spend the day with the Director of the film, Henry Yu, and witnessed firsthand some of his many illustrations from his storyboards in the Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania movie. Henry Yu invited us to a special backstage Aquarium room where he illustrated life-size drawings of the children’s favorite characters in the Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania movie.

Director of Surf's Up 2 doing a drawing demo

The kids received a once in a lifetime experience drawing with the renowned artist/Director. Henry described how it takes collaborated TEAMWORK to get the illustrations completed as does the team of surfers when they find out to have success, TEAMWORK is essential!

Surf's Up 2 WaveMania

Sony Pictures and the Aquarium of the Pacific came together to promote a movie that brings an awareness of the value of friendship bound by the passion of surfing and inspires a curiosity of the animals portrayed in the story. They succeeded!

Entering the Aquarium of the Pacific

What’s that penguin with the yellow eyebrows? Who or what is the “Undertaker”?…all questions that we heard and that the Aquarium of the Pacific Penguin Husbandry expert “Michele” was happy to explain and discuss.

Star in the movie of Surf's Up 2

Surf's Up 2 Family Media Day

The original Surf Up’s movie came out in 2007. This release comes out as Sony celebrated the 10th anniversary of Surf’s Up. Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania expands the first story with Cody Maverick searching to become famous…or does he? The Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania team takes you on a fun and crazy odyssey to find what’s truly important to Cody.

Penguin Exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific

We had a chance to chat with the upbeat and personable, Jeremy Shada who does the voice over for Cody Maverick. We began the interview on a cozy couch on the upper deck of the Aquarium, facing over beautiful Long Beach.

Aquarium of the Pacific penguin encounter

We started the interview by asking Jeremy what his biggest challenge was in Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania and he said it was going through the first four hours of recording and then happily finding out he got the job. From there on he knew he could relax and do what he does best. He said he had a lot of fun with the explosive sounds and playful banter.

Exploring the penguin exhibit at Aquarium of the Pacific

We asked what was it like playing the part of a teenager? He smiled and said it was a blast playing Cody in his late teens and coming into his character. Jeremy Shada has been acting since he was five and started voice over work when he was eight years old.

Up close with a penguin at the Aquarium of the Pacific

It’s a coming of age film, so it made for a very interesting read. When asked what was his favorite memory while making the film, he said it was the times busting up with Chicken Joe (Jon Heder) who has this zoned out chicken voice and Undertaker (Mark Calaway) who makes anyone laugh.

He said it was hysterically funny at times when one character would belt out a line, and the cast would have to maintain composure. He said he loved Surf’s Up 1 and knew that he would get inside of his character and make it happen. And that HE DID.

Meet and Greet with the Surf's Up 2 Director

My daughter gleefully asked him a couple of questions, one being, if he liked to surf? Jeremy Shada answered he likes to surf and had only surfed about three times in his life. He said he was terrible at it but was always fascinated with the sport. He does like boogie boarding and loves catching waves. It was fun to find out that Jeremy is turning 20 years old on January 23rd.

Autograph from the Surf's Up 2 Director

When asked would he do voice over work again, he answered with a resounding, YES! He loves working with animated direction and finds voice over work to be very rewarding.

Meeting a penguin during the Aquarium of the Pacific penguin encounter

WWE Superstars “John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H, Pain and Mr. McMahon along with actors Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader and Jeremy Shada, lend their voice talents to Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios family-friendly adventure.”

Aquarium of the Pacific penguin interaction

Surfs Up 2: WaveMania follows surfer penguin Cody Maverick as his childhood dream comes true when the “The Hang 5” (world famous surf crew) visits his island. Cody joins the crew on a journey to a mysterious spot to surf the biggest waves in the world, and they challenge him on the skills it takes to become a member of The Hang 5 power, speed, endurance, and TEAMWORK.

Children enjoying the Aquarium of the Pacific Penguin encounter

Cody had grown complacent with his life on Pen Gu Island and was itching for a new challenge. He was looking for something or someplace that would get him out of what he thought was boring and into the world of surfing fame again.

Drawing demo at the Aquarium of the Pacific

After showing off some of his sick moves, he convinces The Hang 5 to let him join them on their journey to a mysterious surf spot known as The Trenches—located somewhere the ominously named Slaughter Island—where legend has it; they’ll find the biggest waves in the world.

Surf's Up 2 Filmmaker demonstration

In route, Cody, Lani, Chicken Joe and Tank are challenged on the skill it takes to become a member of the exclusive sports gang: power, speed, endurance, and TEAMWORK. Cody soon discovers that the life he left behind (teaching surf lessons on Pen Gu Island) might be more heroic than any death-defying, adrenaline rush wave has to offer.

Child at the Surf's Up 2 Media Day

Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania comes with lots of special extras such as bonus material, leading with hilarious bloopers and a special featurette showcasing WWE Superstars John Cena and Triple H, and WWE Announcer Michael Cole, recording their voices in “Behind the Mic: Hanging with the Dream Team.” In the animated featurette Chicken Joe’s Extreme Slaughter Island Tour” Chicken Joe has fans relive some of his favorite booby-trapped, tight-roped, lava filled Slaughter Island hot spots.

Hanging out with the director for Surf's Up 2

My family certainly enjoyed the day at the Aquarium and the Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania movie which can be easily attained by purchasing it on DVD. Your kids will walk away from the film gaining a great sense of achievement and an indelible meaning (whether viewing in the comfort of home on the couch or at a friend’s house) of learning one of life’s important skills — TEAMWORK.

Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania debuts on DVD and digital today, January 18th.

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  1. Wonderful article. Glad to hear about this movie and I will be buying the DVD. Fun to see the director interacting with the kids.

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