Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania Review

Sequels that occur long after their previous film don’t tend to go over well with audiences. Look at the recent Zoolander effort. So it was surprising to learn that the WWE was going to release the sequel to Surf’s Up, 10 years after its predecessor. Since it’s coming out of the WWE Studio, you know there had to be a wrestler involved. Luckily for wrestling fans, it wasn’t just one, it was six WWE personalities in the film.

The original Surf’s Up film was not a blockbuster in any way. It pocketed less than $150 million worldwide on a $100 million budget. Profit margin aside, I enjoyed the original film. It was funny. I liked the animation. Ten years later, the animation looks the same.

Some of the original voice actors return for the sequel, the notable absence being Shia LaBeouf. C0dy Maverick is still the main character in the sequel, this time voiced by Jeremy Shada. The movie does a nice job of bridging the gap between films with some exposition early on.

Maverick wants to impress the famous surf group, The Hang 5, voiced by Mr. McMahon, John Cena, Triple H, The Undertaker, and Paige. (Michael Cole also plays a character in the film, calling the action as always.) The group will travel to a mysterious location to ride some mondo waves. Through the journey Cody learns that his current life isn’t as bad as he thought it was.

My eight-year-old son and teenage daughter found the film funny. As they are the intended audience, I guess the WWE succeeded. I didn’t find it as good as the first. Hearing The Undertaker being somewhat jovial was jarring to not only myself but myself. “Wow, that’s not how The Undertaker acts,” he stated. This is a straight-to-video film and it played like one.

Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania will be released on January 17th.

The artist formerly known as the Caribbean Playboy, Shane still loves the ladies of the squared circle (wassup, Ember Moon?). Much to the chagrin of the other guys, he’s also the resident TNA sympathizer.

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