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A comedy adventure set in the land of the Emperor Penguins in the heart of Antarctica. These penguins sing, each needing their own special song to attract a soul mate. Unfortunately, our hero... View more >
Starring Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman, Elijah Wood... View more >
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Nov 18, 2006
Nov 25, 2006
I don't even know where to start with this. There's so much going on with "Happy Feet". Should I talk about the beautiful animation? The excellent voice work? How funny it is? Because I could. Or I could talk about how chock-full it is of left-wing ideology. Seriously.
This movie is overtly pro-environmentalism, anti-religious fundamentalism, and yes, even seems to have its say on the topic of homosexuality (just imagine that instead of dancing, Elijah Wood's character Mumble is gay). Not that any of this is a bad thing, but parents should know that it's there. If you're the type that doesn't want the tykes questioning the existence of God or thinking it's okay to be different at a very fundamental level, you might not want to take the kids.
Anyways, "Happy Feet" concerns an Emperor Penguin colony and in particular a little misfit named Mumble. See, the penguins find a mate with a song; when songs match, they've found a mate. But Mumble doesn't sing; he dances. And when the other penguins start to dance, the Elder Penguins blame the current fish shortage on Mumble for angering the Great Penguin in the Sky (it is, of course, because of over-fishing by humans). See where all that left-wing stuff starts fitting in? I'm not making it up.
As I said before, "Happy Feet" is beautifully animated to the extent that when actual humans (not CG) show up, they don't seem at all out of place. Voice work is uniformly excellent, and the singing is great fun. Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, and especially Brittany Murphy show off some great pipes here. And Robin Williams gives his funniest performances in years as Ramon, a height-challenged Latin lover of a penguin, and Lovelace, a deep-voiced mystic. Oh, and he narrates. Surprisingly enough, all this Williams is actually funny rather than grating, as it usually proves to be these days.
Still, "Happy Feet" feels familiar in the wake of all the talking animal cartoons these days, even if it is among the best of them. It seems to drag on to a rather perfunctory ending (we all know where it's headed after awhile, but the penguins keep dancing anyways). And a lot of the characters are pretty much impossible to distinguish from one another, being penguins and everything.
But it's funny and preposterously cute, and unlike most boneheaded kids' movies these days, "Happy Feet" has more on its mind than shutting the kids up for an hour and a half. And (to me, at least) that's a good thing. *** out of 4.
Jan 5, 2007
Jan 11, 2007
"Happy Little Feet," is a fun little comedy about a penguin who can't sing, but can dance. That my be the same problem with Fred Astaire when tried to break into show business. There are some good dancing numbers and plenty of songs to get this film though. It's like one of those 1930's musicals, except it sat at the bottom of the world.
Jan 13, 2007
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Apr 18, 2007
Jul 14, 2009
this movie is annoying and lame dont waste ur money and time
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