Film review: ‘Oddball and the Penguins’ ★★★

What is it about penguins? From marching toward mating grounds in the Antarctic, showing off mad tap-dancing skills or ensuring military-style precision in operations on Madagascar, these little critters know how to captivate a cinema audience. They may not be the first creatures that come to mind when thinking of the wildlife Australia has to offer but in the sleepy Victoria town of Warrnambool these little guys are a very big deal.

Oddball and the Penguins is based on the true story of a conservationist family and their rambunctious, remarkable Maremma sheepdog. Stuart McDonald’s film is a warm and big-hearted tale with just that right dose of magic, teaching valuable environmental and life lessons along the way…

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