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Elijah Wood, Robin Williams (x3), Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, Anthony LaPaglia, Johnny Sanchez, Carlos Alazraqui, Jeff Garcia
George Miller, Judy Morris, Warren Coleman
Bruce Berman, Graham Burke, Zareh Nalbandian, Dana Goldberg, Edward Jones
Warren Coleman, Judy Morris, George Miller, John Collee
Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes
Official Website: http://wwws.warnerbros.co.uk/happyfeet/
Genres: Animation, Family
Distributors: Warner Bros
As soon as this film started I was in love with Happy Feet and the film only gets better all the way to the end. It hasn't been a great year allround for animation films, but Happy Feet is a loved by all masterpiece.
The story goes that each penguin has its own individual "heartsong" which is required for it to find a mate. Young Mumble is born with the worst singing voice in the penguin world ever, which makes for a pretty tough ride when your parents sound like Marilyn Monroe and the King himself. Mumble's only compensation for this comes by way of his love of dancing via his hippity hoppity "happy feet". His mother is extremely supportive of the dancing but his dad is embarrassed and outraged by the whole affair. Marked as a disruptive and nonsensical influence by the elders (who in the film are scottish) Mumble is blamed for the ever disappearing fish that they all need to to survive on, he's banished from the penguin community and takes up (by accident) with a group of Hispanic penguins on a quest to discover why the fish are disappearing. I have to say the Hispanic penguins are hilarious throughout the whole movie - think cheech and chong.
Mumble and his newly acquired friends then start thier mission to find out what is happening, and try to discover this by finding the the Aliens (that would be us humans). A lot happens to Mumble and he ends up on his own for a while, but he never stops his hippity hoppity dancing throughout. I will not spoil this for you by ruining the plot.
There's nothing about Happy Feet that doesn't work, this is one of the most glorious celebrations of individuality, and acceptance in ones community ever committed to film (astonishing though is that this is done via animation). The whole film consists of breathtaking visuals and a level of artistry that's almost real. The voice work is awesome from all the characters, but especially from Robin Williams who plays 3 different penguins at once, and he does not dissappoint might I add. Happy Feet will either have you laughing or on the verge of tears throughout, whether on your own or watching with friends.
Then, just when you think it can't fit anything else in, we get an eco/anti-pollution message (proving this is a film aimed both at children and adults alike). One of the most obvious signs of this is when one of the penguins has the plastic holders from beer cans stuck around its neck (just like your parents always said would happen if they weren't cut up before disposing of them). And if that's all a little too eco-friendly for you, then just sit back and enjoy the sight of tens of thousands of penguins bursting into pop and soul songs every five minutes.
Really good leave your brain at the door moive :)
When it comes to movies I love a good horror or thriller but the other day me and my mate were right down in the dumps and I took a look through my collection and spotted this film I hadn't seen in ages but that she'd never seen and when I asked her if she'd ever seen it and said no I was determined she'd see this as I knew she'd laugh her socks off at it!
Film Only Review:
This is a children's film so carries a u rating and runs for 109 minutes. Its animated and incredible to watch with a great soundtrack of songs by Queen and the likes!
We start off meeting Norma and Memphis who fall in love through song and get together and have an egg like all good Dads Memphis is left to look after and protect the egg with the golden rule do not drop the egg in his ears whilst Norma goes off to find fish with the other lady penguins. When Norma returns she is greeted by Memphis and the new baby penguin Mumble.
Mumble, though adorable is a little different to other penguins. He possesses something called happy feet which love to tap and move and to the disgust of others, including his friend (and later love interest Gloria) can't sing and doesn't have 'heart song' like other penguins which may mean that he never meets a girl and get an egg!
Being different, Mumble doesn't feel so good and often practises alone but outcast he runs into the three amigos led by a cool penguin called Ramon which leads to some incredible singing and dancing sequences and this group accept Mumble just the way he is.
However his own group of penguins turn on the young Mumble and blame his feet for keeping the fish away and they are hungry. His Dad turns his back on him, his Mum is so upset but it is decided that he should leave the colony by the elders and a sad Mumbo leaves, but he's determined to find out what has happened to the fish and who the 'Aliens' are that keep stealing them that he's heard about from a penguin called Guru Lovelace on his travels.
We see the three Amigos, Mumbles and poor Lovelace who is choking on a piece of plastic from cans of beer go off and try and find out what an Alien is and if they can stop it. However Mumble ends up captured. Can he get back to the colony? Can he make the other penguins listen and understand what happened to him and most of all could Gloria really ever love him even though he can't sing and his feet just tap?
This is a happy all singing and dancing film and really very slickly done indeed. Everything about it is lovely from the stunning effects and scenery, to the singing and the dancing. There is a moral to the story which is wonderful for young children and for us adults to think about too. Its ok to be different! You really do, even as an adult find yourself wanting Mumble to be ok and my favourite character was the sassy Lovelace who I got really concerned about towards the end!
The voices were amusing, the singing good and really there isn't anything at all you could complain about within this film so get 'Happy Feet' today and have a jolly good laugh and a sing song!
Nicole Kidman.:Norma Jean
Hugo Weaving.:Noah the Elder
Miriam Margolyes.:Mrs. Astrakhan
This film was actually bought as a gift to my household rather than to just me, and it was given for Christmas.
Genre: Children's, Adventure, Comedy, CGI
Director: George Miller
Characters: Mumble, Lovelace, Gloria, Memphis, Norma Jean, Noah the Elder,
Actors: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving
DVD: Special Features
- Two Animated Additional Sequences (Mumble Meets a Blue Whale & A Happy Feet Moment)
- Dance like a Penguin: Stomp to the Beat
- Creating the Tap
- Behind the Scenes of Happy Feet
- Music Video "Somebody to Love" by Brittany Murphy
As you may have guessed from the DVD Cover, this film is all about penguins. In particular, two penguins in love, Memphis and Norma Jean, who have an egg (dropped by Memphis!) who hatches to be Mumble, a baby penguin who's a little...odd. The film then revolves around Mumble and his inability to sing, and therefore his inability to find a mate. Instead Mumble is found on the fringe of penguin life, tap dancing his heart out. After growing up there comes the college/university style party, except Mumble isn't invited. His mum urges him to go, but even after being the first one in the water, the night ends badly with his childhood friend, Gloria, requesting that he doesn't sing as he will ruin it. Eventually, the elder penguins outcast Mumble thinking he is to blame for the lack of fish, but he vows to find the 'aliens' who are doing it. Along the way he makes friends with some smaller, latin-sounding penguins, and seeks advice from Lovelace, whom is supposedly a psychic/witch doctor of the penguin world, before going after the aliens.
This story is about the environment, teenage years, growing up, and romance. It is good for both children and adults alike, as there are lessons in there for everyone, which are put across quite gently. The themes are also well incorporated into a good story, which will keep you watching.
The cast is good, and the voice acting is both sensitive and fun at the same time. Robin Williams adds a bit of more adult humour, while the gentleness of Elijah Wood's voice will really help children to relate to the characters. The CGI is good, although it isn't that detailed, it is at the same sort of quality as most children's films nowadays. The tap-dancing scenes are probably the most detailed CGI scenes of the whole film, and are very well-done, so that it seems more feasible for a penguin to do. The story will definitely pull at your heartstrings, and children may be upset near to the end of the film (before the happy ending kicks in), but the upbeat range of music in the film is very fitting and may well tempt you into getting up to dance.
Overall a very enjoyable film, although not one that will be coming out of the cupboard often, which will tug the old heartstrings and then have you wiggling around wanting to dance. Very heart-warming and good for the whole family to watch.
This is the story of a little penguin named Mumble. Mumble wasn't what you would call a normal penguin, he is born with no singing voice but has a very alien talent to the penguin world, Tap Dancing, But because he has no singing voice it means he has no heart song, which his parents worry at for a penguin with no heart song cant find true love.
Mumble has a strong connection with Gloria the most sorted after penguin (and the best singer around) but she finds his talent uncomfortable to be around.
Noah the Elder also finds his talent a disruption in the community, who ultimately casts him out of the community. Now an outcast to the penguins he comes across the most unusual of penguins --the Adelie Amigos. Led by Ramon, the Adelies instantly accept him into their group and they accept his dancing. In Adelie Land, Mumble seeks the counsel of Lovelace the Guru, a crazy-feathered Rock hopper penguin who is like the fortune teller of a sorts, all for the price of a pebble. Together with Lovelace and the Gang, Mumble sets out across the land and, after some epic encounters, proves that by being true to yourself, you can make all the difference in the world
Back again comes George Miller, the director of the Mad Max movies (the starting career of Mel Gibson) and the director of Witches Of Eastwick, I would say those are his two biggest productions that put him on the map.
And now he comes back with this amazing film about penguins.
The interesting thing about this film is there is slight truth to it but only one part, When penguins are in mating season they sing and attract there life partner. But unfortunately they don't sound like the penguins in this movie; otherwise we would have penguin celebrity's.
This film was a very big project for the technical department because a lot of computer work was needed and not just for the obvious part, oh no, but all the dances in the movie were actually graphed off real dancers and the head dancer (and co-choreographer) was Savion Glover. He played Mumbles when he danced. The computer technical department put a suit on him so they could detect every movement, they even had all the dancers that were required for the bigger scenes to get into a similar suit and just to top it all off they were even made to wear a penguin head so they could work with the beaks. The film took four years to make.
Ben Gunsberger, Lighting Supervisor and VFX Department Supervisor, says this was partly because they needed to build new infrastructure and tools.
This is a movie where the acting would be hard to judge just because it's all voice, most of it is all about the visual and of course the dancing. The singing voices are also all good but the only actor that stood out to me was Robin Williams, he is a talented guy with one of the best comedy timings, but all that said you can start to hear his aging in his voice, or maybe it's the fact that I know he is getting on, but putting that to one side, he played the characters Ramón and Lovelace and they were played very differently, they are both in the Adelie Amigos , which is also weird because the two characters are in the same place so when they talk to each other it sounds like robin Williams is talking to himself, Lovelace has a Hippy sound and Ramón has a Mexican accent so although they were different in every aspect, he just has such a unique voice that you cant mistake who it is.
This is one of those movies where you don't really notice the acting but more the singing and dancing and a little penguin's journey into the unknown.
The movie got a few awards
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Original Song - "Song of the Heart" by Prince
Elijah Wood as Mumble
Brittany Murphy as Gloria
Hugh Jackman as Memphis
Nicole Kidman as Norma Jean
Hugo Weaving as Noah the Elder
Robin Williams as Ramón and Lovelace
-Mumble meets a Blue Whale and a happy feet moment
-Dance Like a penguin: stomp to the beat
-Creating the tap
-Behind the scenes of happy feet
-Music Video "Somebody To Love" By Brittany Murphy
The Budget for this movie was an amazing $100 million
But what was even more amazing is that the Gross revenue was
Which is why there is said to be Happy Feet 2 in production.
When I was younger I use to love cartoons (what kid didn't right) but as an adult I am not actually a big animation/cartoon kind of guy, but this one did take me by surprise, just because when I saw the dancing it looked so good for animation, I mean I know technology has come along a bit since when I was a kid but when the penguins are dancing they actually look like real people in fat suits.
I was impressed with the time and effort that went into the production of this movie and they turned another adult back to enjoying animation.
You can buy this from Amazon for £4.36
Happy Feet released in December 2006 (UK), the film is a great animated film but not what I expected.
The Emperor Penguins live in Antarctica in a colony, all penguins can sing, each penguin finds his mate through singing a heart song. This is how Mumble's mum and dad met. They fell in love and soon become the proud parents of an egg. Whilst Memphis (daddy) sits on the egg to protect and keep it warm, waiting for it to hatch, Norma Jean (mummy) goes to sea with all the other mummies to feed.
The egg hatches and out comes little Mumble, he is stamping his feet and claims to have happy feet. Mumble isn't like the other penguins, he enjoys dance and can't sing, Mumble soon becomes an outsider.
The plot then follows Mumbles quest to be accepted, make friends and get a mate. There is also an environmental twist to the film but I won't say too much.
Elijah Wood plays Mumble
Brittany Murphy plays Gloria
Robin Williams plays Ramon and Lovelace
Hugh Jackman plays Memphis
Nicole Kidman plays Norma Jean
And many more.
I think this film starts off really well and I even half way through predicted the end, I couldn't have been more wrong. Whilst I find the underlying environmental factor good, I found the film seemed to change priorities nearer the end.
It seemed one thing was being focused on for most of the film, and then at the end, we were supposed to be focused on something entirely different.
I think this film could come across as confusing, especially to children. Even whilst I was watching this and found myself confused, I found the ending sequence made me quite angry. I won't ruin the ending but I am very much an environmentalist and love nature, I think this story creates mixed messages and paints the human race in a light which starts off to be fair then completely back tracks.
I don't like the fact this story is going along being told then it seems all of a sudden someone got fed up of telling it, decided to end it abruptly and stick a happy ending in.
This film is rated PG, and whilst most young children who would be interested in this, will miss the story and underlying messages, older children may get confused and misinterpret what this films message really is.
I think my prediction would have been a better ending, predictable maybe, but a safe ending to a child's film.
I really did enjoy the first hour of the film and found some of the characters amusing and enlightening, I really liked Mumble too but found you didn't get a chance to see him become his own penguin, he was either on the edge of the social seen or on his own, you never saw that break through moment when he found himself.
I wouldn't watch this again and would not recommend it if I'm honest. I must admit however the first hour outweighed my expectations but then the last part of the film completely ruined it all for me.
I didn't have high expectations to start with but thought this film had less speaking in it, for some reason I catalogued it with the Morgan Freeman documentary, I don't know why, so I was surprised at the amount of content, which was nice. I assumed the film was more like WallE.
Considering the amount of big names that got on board with this film I was more surprised to see why it wasn't a big hit, but now having seen it, I realise they all just jumped on the environmental band wagon.
This film had potential and could have incorporated both story lines and been a success; I found it was written poorly.
Absurdly-ingenious film I have ever watched! (Brilliant stuff)
Am not a keen lover of animation films unless they are Disney creations. However, I slipped right into this film as soon as I began watching the trailer of it. Special effects in films whether they are animated or not, can sometimes destroy the imagination but the terrific creativity of this maiden brilliance, kept me captivated all the way through and wanted to play it again just after it ended.
Somehow people can relate to the actual characters as well as the feeling of desiring exciting danger away from familiarity. There is just something that George Miller throws at us that isn't merely about endangered species, but about acceptance in a world of tough uncertainty in which we each face personal dilemma in our choices.
He has a way of inspiring humanity in this film that cannot be achieved with special effects, but through well-developed understanding of the world in which we live and reluctance to want to share it with equally deserving others.
His film provokes a mixture of spontaneous emotions from tears to laughter which few films can truly achieve if it is not researched well. This is why "Happy Feet" is such an outstanding animation film that steps directly into the lives and hearts of us all.
I got this film a couple of years ago now, after not actually asking for it, ot showing any interest in the film at all I was plesently surprised at whoever had the thought of buying for me.
This film is all about a little penguin called mumble. So called because unlike any of the other emporer penguins in his colony, he can't sing, but to overcome this, he has an inclredible ability to tap dance.
Most other little penguins find this intreging, but the elder penguins find his behaviour not good, and basically throw him out of the colony (dont know if that is the right word for penguins).
While he is away he makes friends with some smaller but older penguins, and from here on he starts his 'quest to try and find where all of the fish is dissapearing to.
When I first watched this film, I wasn't too sure about it, as films that have too much dancing and singing it them, well lets just say I would usually watch them more than once, but with this film, I have watched it over and over again as there is something about a cute dancing penguin that is lovely to watch.
Here is the cast list (voice over list)
Mumble (grown up) - Elijah Wood
Gloria - Brittany Murphy
Memphis - Hugh Jackman
Norma Jean - Nicole Kidman
Noah the Elder - Hugo Weaving
Ramon and Lovelace - Robin Williams
Mumble (baby) - Elizabeth Daley
Gloria (baby) - Alyssa shafer
This is a great family film, and can be watched by all members of the family. It will have you laughing and sometimes maybe even crying, but it is great fun as a whole.
Happy Feet is a cool and cuddly animated comedy film that you will find it hard not to like as it is a great musical film with dancing penguins so whats not to like?
It is the ultimate feel good movie, apparently Emperor penguins are born able to sing however Mumble, whose voice is provided by Elijah Woods, has not been blessed with such qualities and as such it makes him an outcast amongst his fellow penguins. However he is not totally without talent as he is able to tap dance and is very good at it. The love of his life is Gloria and when he makes friends with a group of blue penguins he sets out to find her and also discover why the stocks of fish are getting depleted.
This film has a super sound track with some great songs which are the back drop for some hot footed penguin dancing. The recently deceased Brittany Murphy voices Gloria and Robin Williams also lends his expressive comedy voice to the film.
The whole film is quite delightful with a nice plot that will appeal to the whole family. After the soundtrack and dance scenes the main strenght of the film is in the quality of the animation which is very colourful and realistic.
A great film for all the family and one that I would certainly recommend to everyone.
Being a lover of anything cute and fuzzy, Happy Feet definitely appeals to my inner child. Having seen it countless times before, and it being on TV for Christmas, I can never watch this film too many times as it always makes me feel happy!
Mumble is an emperor penguin. Emperor penguins are supposed to be born to sing - but Mumble can't. The talent which he has is instead tap dancing. However, as all the other Emperor penguins can sing, Mumble finds himself cast out and alone. On his way he finds some new friends who help him on his quest to find his fellow Emperor penguin, Gloria, who he is in love with. However, he once again gets sent away, and goes on a different quest to discover why there is a shortage in fish.
Happy Feet is the kind of film which cheers me up instantly. What is there not to love about singing and dancing penguins?! Although it is good for children, there is also enough of a story to keep adults interested. Especially with the inclusion of how humans over-fishing can be dangerous for other species.
Many famous names are involved in this film, including Elijah Wood as Mumble, and Brittany Murphy as Gloria. Mumble is a lovely character because he is cute and innocent, but also quite smart and a genuinely lovely penguin. The way you see him change throughout the film is lovely, as he never gives up on what he believes in, including Gloria. The dancing which he does is amazing and the animation that must have gone into the dancing is incredible.
The story itself is very inspiring and for children, would probably be a good way of showing that being different isn't a bad thing. It's also a lovely way of showing that if you want something bad enough, you can get it, as Mumble tries to prove that his dancing skills are just as useful and magical as the rest of the Emperor penguins' singing skills.
Overall, this is a lovely film which I could watch over and over again. The penguins are cute and fluffy, and the story has emotional bits and fun bits as you watch, and sometimes worry about what Mumble is going through. There is, of course, a love story involved between Gloria and Mumble, but throughout the film it leaves you wondering whether or not they will have their chance to be together. Some parts of the film are a bit slow, but the good quality animation makes up for that.
The animation is much better than I would have expected, as although the penguins are not the ultimate realistic penguin, they are quite close to it, and look just about right for what you would expect. However, they look fluffy enough to want to stroke them, which is always a plus, as who doesn't love a fluffy little penguin! Instead of just animated humans, you also get real humans in some of the scenes, which is nice, but a bit strange considering the rest of the film is made of animations. However, it still works well, and doesn't detract from the general way the film works.
Children will love it because of the singing, dancing, fluffy penguins, whilst adults can appreciate the more serious story of a lack of food for penguins and parents can also take the chance to teach their children about being different, and being appreciated. Definitely a must watch family film.
Aww how cute was this film. I had only just watched it out of chance that someone mentioned it at work and i hadnt seen it so he bought it in for me.
This film is so interesting at the same time entertaining because it is built on some true facts of the penguin mating system. The penguins attract their mates through singing (or calling). In this film it starts where a penguin called Norma can really and truely sing well and she attracts her mate Memphis. She sings some real good songs in the film while other penguins around chant and dance. As in the real world of the penguins Norma lays her egg and Memphis (the daddy penguin) has to take care of the egg by keeping it tight between his feet and warmed by his stomach.
The females then go to fish for weeks on end while the male penguins all care for their eggs, holding on to them and keeping them warm through the harsh antarctic weather conditions. Unfortunately Memphis drops his egg exposing it to the freezing conditions for a little while. The eggs then hatch but Memphis is upset when he finds his is not hatching. Finally he starts to hatch. When Mumble hatches he has a funny walk and looks alot different to the other baby penguins. Memphis is disheartened and when Norma and the other females return he looks a little embarrased. He does not tell Norma at first that he dropped the egg.
Mumble starts penguin school where they learn to sing so when they are older they can attract a mate, but he can only squark. However he has good rhythmn with his feet but the other penguins dont see this as a good thing. His dad is embarrased about him but his mother and Gloria his friend who has a great singing voice still love him.
He is an outcast, but one day he is chased by a seal and ends up in an area with a different species of penguin. He makes friends with three of these penguins, the amigos. At the time all penguins are finding that there is a shortage of fish. This is because humans are fishing the areas. Mumble is right as he believes it is the aliens (humans) that are the culprits. He wants to investigate this further. He tells his new friends and they tell him to ask one of the "Chief" penguins at their colony. He has to give him a pebble to ask any question, the pebbles are used to build his nest. The Chief doesnt have much to say. They all want to cheer mumble up so they have a plan for him to attract Gloria as a mate.
They go to his colony with him and Mumble starts to sing to her. She is fascinated until she finds out that the amigos are singing behind him while he mimes. This is when he tells everyone he knows why there is a lack of fish. Nobody believes him. His dad again is embarrased. He then decides to find out for himself and prove them wrong.
He goes in search for these aliens with his friends. His friends lag behind and he is washed away and ends up washed up on a beach. Humans pick him up and he finds himself in an aquarium.
This is when he starts to attract the humans with his dancing. The humans are intrigued by this dancing penguin that they want to research these penguins further. Mumble gets tagged and is placed back with his colony with his tag attached. He tells his story of the aliens. The aliens (humans) arrive by helicopter by tracking him down and he tells the rest of the colony to dance. His colony now know that Mumble was telling the truth about the aliens. When they all start to dance so the the researchers. The researchers find that they are over fishing the waters so they stop this. Mumble and his penguins start to have more fish.
This movie is really interesting and an easy to watch film. It is full of songs and dances but with a lot of true fact at the same time, with the over fishing in the antarctic and also true to the penguins mating habits. A film that both kids and adults can watch.
Happy feet is set in an Antarctic emperor penguin colony where an ability to sing is crucial as every penguin must have a 'heartsong' to attract a mate. If the female likes a male and his heartsong fits with hers and helps complete it then the two will mate.
It is assumed this premise is based on the fact that emperor couples court and recognise each other based on their unique mating calls.
Our hero is Mumble (Elijah Wood) whose father Memphis (Hugh Jackman) drops him when he is an egg, exposing him to the freezing antarctic temperatures, this results in a late hatch and an inability to sing.
The other penguins are horrified at Mumbles voice and although he discovers he has a great talent for tap-dancing unfortunately this is frowned upon by the elders and he is shunned by the community and only has his mother and friend Gloria to turn to.
Gloria (Brittany Murphy) grows up to be the most desired female in the colony due to her looks (?!) and excellent singing voice, it is clear Mumble could never win her over with his poor voice as she has her pick.
When the colony suffers from a fish shortage the elders blame Mumble and say his deviant dancing has caused their 'Guin' (god) to punish them.
Mumble must go on an adventure to prove this isn't true, during which he encounters 'aliens' (humans) who find his dancing bizarre and wonderful and he ends up in an exhibit at a marine park!
Will he escape, will he save the colony from starvation and will he ever win Gloria without a heartsong?
This is a good watch and good for kids as it can teach them about how it's ok to be different but this isn't in the same league as animated films such as Shrek or Ice Age.
Emperor penguins are born to sing, except for Mumble who can't. It shows his struggle at life as all he wants to do is dance. Tap dance that is.
His behaviour get him booted out of his land and hes left by himself. He is soon joined by 5 spanish? friends, and a penguin named Lovelace. Lovelace claims to have been spoken to by "Magic Beans", but Mumble suspects otherwise.
Mumble is in love with an emporer penguin, Gloria but as when finding mates, they sing, he is unable to do this. Armed with his trustworthy friends he goes to seek Gloria in the Emperor kingdom. He dances to her, and surprisingly their songs match. He gets all the other penguins dancing but is stopped by the tradtional kings of the land. He is sent away again.
Mumble soon discovers the reason that there is no fish and embarks upon the epic battle against humankind.
This is one of my favourite films, and will always watch it to cheer me up. The idea of pernguins singing and dancing, to me is hilarious. I enjoy it and so does my younger sister, so it's great for little children. It also is quite educational as the fish we eat has to be taken from somewhere. It shows that it can be the primary food source for other species and we are taking it unknowingly.
I love happy feet, he is so cute and fuzzy, but you get to see him transform from egg to an adult penguin. His transformation and his attitudes are amazing and really lovely to watch. His never give up nature is really inspiring aswell.
His tap dancing is amazing and he gets the whole family having happy feet also. The way he deals with the predgidice because he dances and doesn't sing is amazing also.
When Mumble finds out that his father dropped him as an egg, at this point in the film, watchers feel so close to him that some are brought to tears. But, being mumble, he goes about doing something to prove that just because he can't sing, doesnt mean that he can't be a true emperor penguin.
A brilliant family film, great for everyone. The quality of the animation is amazing and youll definately enjoy it!. A recommendation from me :)
Short of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine, Happy Feet has to be one of the most wonderfully strange animated films ever made. I went in expecting a fairly generic but entertaining animated film with cute anthropomorphised animals, and was instead treated to one of the oddest premises for any film, animated or not, about a dancing penguin!
Set in an Antarctic emperor penguin colony, the film establishes that male penguins must make a unique noise to themselves called a "heartsong" in order to attract a mate. If the female penguin likes the song, then the two mate and have offspring. This film deals not only with this struggle, but also the proliferation of animals in zoos and sea-life centres (with some impressive mixing of live action and CGI elements), and also touches on some faith related elements, albeit in a manner that is disarmingly cute, and never impinges in a way that you consciously realise this connection in any obvious way. Outside of the brilliant works of Disney and Pixar, this is the exact sort of films that studios such as Dreamworks should be producing. And apparently it wowed critics as well, because it won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2007, beating off competition from Pixar's own Cars and also Monster House. This is a film that melds an important environmental message with great animation, a fun storyline, and very cute characters.
Happy Feet is an infectiously charming, always cute animated film that presents plenty of food-for-thought, yet never allows high-mindedness to suffocate its unusual and unique story. With exciting animation and a great cast, Happy Feet is among the better non-Pixar animated films.
On first glance, this animated film appears to be definitely one more for children than for adults. That may sound obvious but many animated films often include dialogue that is specifically aimed at a more grown-up audience. However, there is little of that dialogue in this film and when you add in the cute fluffy penguins, you have something that is obviously trying to appeal to the younger watcher.
However, grown-ups are certainly not forgotten and this is quite a thoughtful film that will also appeal to many adults. When you add in the dancing and the music then I can understand why it is a favourite of many people of all ages.
The plot is quite simple and, actually, I'm afraid, a little bit boring in places. Mumble, a misfit Emperor Penguin is cast out of his colony. He then has various adventures, meeting new friends along the way, before he sets off, not only to prove himself right and the elders of the colony wrong, but to try and discover why the fish supply is deteriorating. The film ends up giving a strong environmental message, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that, but it does rather take over the whole story and the original plot gets a bit lost on the way.
The voice of Mumble is provided by Elijah Wood and other actors involved include Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Hugo Weaving. The film also includes a bit of a cameo by the late Steve Irwin, the 'Crocodile Hunter' to whom the film is dedicated. The DVD also includes, amongst its extras, a short clip of a deleted scene which included a longer section of Irwin as the voice of an albatross which has a conversation with Mumble.
The two saving graces of the film for me were absolutely the dancing and the soundtrack. Whilst tap dancing is hardly my thing, the makers of this film used motion capture technology to transfer the moves of one of the world's leading tap dancers into Mumble the penguin. The result is absolutely spectacular, particularly when put together with the fantastic soundtrack.
I don't think that any new songs were written for this film but, instead, it uses many classic songs from the past decades, including 'Boogie Wonderland' by 'Earth, Wind and Fire', 'Somebody to Love' by 'Freddie Mercury' and 'Do it Again' by the 'Beach Boys'. Tracks by 'Elvis', 'Prince' and the 'Beatles' are also featured. Somewhat ironically, as a major part of the plot is the inability of the main character to be able to sing, the songs are a real treat.
This animated film was released a couple of years ago now. It was produced in Australia and, apparently, it was in production for about four years. Contrary to my opinion about the plot, the film was nominated for and won many awards for its animation. The film lasts about an hour and three quarters. It's a feel good movie and worth watching for the music if nothing else.
Happy Feet is the story of a penguin who cant sing as well as the other members of his community but is instead born with great dance moves. This is the story of how he tries to help his community, gain acceptance and win over the girl of his dreams. There is a lot more to the story than that, involving generational differences, cultural differences, aliens and the like, but that's the story in essence, going into more detail will simly spoil it.
I settled down one Sunday afternoon to watch this with my four year old daughter who is a massive Disney fan. In short, I was left unimpressed, and she was bored about a third of the way in.
The animation is lush and bright, quickly grabbing the attention. Some of the scenes, such as the penguins sliding down the ice, are excellent viewing and very entertaining. Considering it is set in an icey wasteland, the backgrounds are well varied and help to maintain interest.
The story and music were both a massive let down for me. The main problem seems to be that none of the writers seemed to be able to decide just who they were pitching this film at. You have a strange collection of voice actors from all over the place as Robin Williams rubs shoulders with Elijah Wood who rubs shoulders with Fat Joe. Meanwhile, we have character names such as Norma Jean, who are surely a nod to adults and a strange mixture of new and old music all remixed. The result is a schizophrenic muddle. The songs will be known to an older viewer, who will probably complain they do not sound as good as the originals (and rightly so), whilst the newer tracks just aren't catchy enough to hook young viewers.
The story is quite confusing and has some adult themes, not to mention some precocious language from young penguins that I am not really sure I want my children to learn just yet. Scenes with the sealion attack were excellent, and I thought, quite amusing, but then you would find this sort of fun juxtaposed with the overly sexual banter of the smaller penguins.
Ultimately, the result is a sort of Save the Last Dance meets Close Encounters of the Third Kind, that should have perhaps been pitched at teenagers. By making it a PG, it alienates everyone. Whilst, there is nothing here we have not seen before in milder formats (Cinderella has plenty of child versus parent rows, Aladdin deals with being yourself in order to fall in love and there is nothing here effects wise that we did not already see in Toy Story) it just falls very flat.
In closing, I ask you, why are penguins such good racing car drivers?
Because, they are always in pole position (thanks to the wrapper of the penguin I just ate for that one.
For anyone who thought the Oscar-winning documentary March of the Penguins was the most marvelous cinematic moment for these nomads of the south, you haven't seen nothing yet. Here's an animated wonder about a penguin named Mumble who can't sing, but can dance up a storm. George Miller, the driving force behind the Babe (and Mad Max) movies, takes another creative step in family entertainment with this big, beautiful, music-fueled film that will have kids and their parents dancing in the streets. From his first moment alive, Mumble (voiced by Elijah Woods) feels the beat and can't stop dancing. Unfortunatly, emperor penguins are all about finding their own heart song, and dancing youngster--as cute as he is--is a misfit. Luckily, he bumps into little blue penguins, a Spanish-infused group (led by Robin Williams) and begins a series of adventures. Miller has an exceptional variety of entertainment, Busby Berkley musical numbers, amusement park thrills, exciting chase sequences (seals and orca lovers might like think otherwise), and even an environmental message that doesn't weigh you down. Best of all, you don't know where the movie is going in the last act, a rare occurrence these days in family entertainment. A fusion of rock songs, mashed up and otherwise are featured; this movie is as much a musical as a comedy. Mumble's solo dance to a new version of Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" by Fantasia, Patti and Yolanda may be the most joyful moment on camera in 2006. --Doug Thomas