Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The little Aussie film about a penguin protecting dog sounds Oddball but it’s a success

October 27, 2015
Oddball is based on the true story of a maremma sheepdog who saves a colony of little penguins.
IT was looking like a box office sleeper, but Oddball, the delightful Australian film about a Maremma dog that protects a colony of penguins, has bolted to the $10 million mark in its sixth week following its release.
The film’s box office tally was yesterday at $10,117,946.
In a record-breaking year for home grown cinema, Oddball has overtaken Roadshow Films’ other breakout family hit for 2015, Paper Planes, which finished with an impressive $9.65 million haul.
Starring Shane Jacobson, Sarah Snook, Alan Tudyk, Deborah Mailman and Coco Jack Gillies, the film tells the story of a chicken farmer who lives near the Victorian town of Warrnambool which is located adjacent the small rocky island, Middle Island, where a colony of penguins is under attack from foxes.
Shane Jacobson with Kai who both star in the new film "Oddball". Picture: John Appleyard
With a mischievous Maremma on notice from the pound, the chicken farmer and his grand daughter hatch a plan to protect a wild penguin sanctuary and help the seaside town.
“Oddball has captured the hearts of Australians of all ages and it has been thrilling to see how this film has been so warmly embraced by audiences,” said Joel Pearlman, CEO of Roadshow Films.


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