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SURF'S UP

JON HEDER (Chicken Joe) became an overnight sensation and gained an instant cult following with his feature film debut in the title role of the offbeat comedy Napoleon Dynamite. Heder's endearing portrayal of the somewhat nerdy high schooler who helps his friend Pedro get elected student body president was a huge financial success and brought him two MTV Movie Awards, one in the category of Breakthrough Male and a second for Best Musical Performance for his crowd-pleasing election night dance. Heder met Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess while both were studying film at Brigham Young University, The director first cast him in his short film, Peluca.

In Surf's Up, Heder returns to animation after previously voicing a role in Columbia Pictures' Monster House. Onscreen, he most recently starred opposite Will Ferrell in the hit comedy Blades of Glory, which has taken in over $100 million at the box office. In November, he will star in Mama's Boy opposite Diane Keaton and Jeff Daniels.

Heder also starred in the feature films The Benchwarmers and School for Scoundrels.

Late last year, it was announced that Heder, along with his twin brother Dan and older brother Doug, have formed production company Greasy Entertainment with a first-look deal at Universal Pictures. The realization of a long-held goal for the brothers, who all studied film at BYU, the company is developing feature film properties, both live-action and animation (Heder and his twin brother both studied computer animation in college).

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