Happy Feet

2006

Action / Adventure / Animation / Comedy / Family / Music / Musical / Romance

98
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 70%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 151567

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Cast

Nicole Kidman as Norma Jean
Brittany Murphy as Gloria
Hugh Jackman as Memphis
Robin Williams as Ramon / Lovelace
720p.BLU
550.18 MB
1280*720
English
PG
23.976 fps
1hr 48 min
P/S 6 / 80

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Pat Gear (pgear83) 10 / 10

A Joyful Masterpiece

George Miller's Happy Feet is an exuberant, beautifully animated film and, by a wide margin, the best CG film ever made. The photo-realistic characters and Antarctic landscapes provide the backdrop for a story of brilliant originality. The film's plot is somewhat based in reality - but with a surreal twist. The movie is a spectacular jukebox musical in which Emperor penguins serenade each other with songs from some of the royalty of music (Queen, Prince, "The King" Elvis Presley) in order to find a mate. One penguin, Mumble, cannot sing but expresses himself through tap-dancing. For this abnormality, he is ostracized by his fellows, blamed for the misfortune of famine and eventually banished from his home. He then goes on a perilous quest to find answers that are not otherwise forthcoming.

In addition to the music and spectacle, the greatness of Happy Feet is found in its ideas. Miller (producer of Babe) has made another great film for children (though certainly not only for children) because he knows that the great children's stories do not merely pander to and occupy them but attempt to convey something about the nature of the world, something that is not necessarily pleasant. The themes of Happy Feet are as timeless as they are important. Tolerance and respect for those different from you, compassion, respect for the environment and for the dignity of all its inhabitants; these are not political issues but ones of the greatest moral importance and essential to the survival of the human spirit. In a world that sometimes seems to be becoming increasing intolerant, in a world that may be standing on the precipice of environmental disaster if something is not done, I find a great deal of hope in this story. These animated penguins, who show more humanity than most human actors do on celluloid, may just have what it takes to bring out the basic goodness in the people who see them, to "appeal to our better nature," if you will.

On another level, I see Happy Feet as a great parable about the generation gap, with Mumble and his friends as the children of the world. Their differences and uniqueness frighten their elders, who may be falsely pious or else just set in their ways. Yet Mumble does not hold a grudge against them. In the end, Mumble not only makes the world better than it was when it was given to him, but actively draws those same elders into this new world, redeeming them and allowing them to help in its creation. All with the power of song and dance!

Overall, Happy Feet is a joyous spectacle for the eyes and ears. It was so good that I had to see it a second time in the theater, something I had never done before. It even makes tap-dancing seem incredibly cool. This is a film that cannot be ignored and will not be forgotten.

Reviewed by algancan2 4 / 10

Not a Very Good One

People think that this film is a great animation film but there are many other animation films out there which are way more creative in terms of storyline and characters. I hate to see those films being rated down because some "kids" didn't liked it or didn't understood it...

Reviewed by classicsoncall 8 / 10

"For all our sakes, you must stop this freakiness with the feet!"

If you watch this film in tandem with 2005's "March of the Penguins", you'll be amazed to discover that the film makers for this animated movie got a lot of the science about Emperor Penguins exactly right. I'm talking about the breeding habits, the 'heartsong' business, care for the egg by the male penguin and how they survive those brutal, wintery conditions by rotating huddled bodies in and out against fierce windstorms. Since I saw 'March' not long ago, those thoughts are still fresh in my mind, so it's easy to make the comparison.

For kids, this has to be a generally warm and fuzzy movie, though for impressionable youngsters, there's also some danger present with predatory hunting birds, leopard seals and a particularly clever, though brutal badminton game played by killer sharks with two of the film's penguin heroes. Fortunately, all the picture's 'good guys' make it through to the end in fine form.

Somehow though, there seems to be some sort of disconnect with the way the picture arrives at it's conclusion. With a plot element involving the disappearance of the penguins primary food source, and a connection made to 'alien' human beings as the cause, there's a hasty resolution to the problem whereby the world community gets on board with the penguins plight and everything is made good again. I didn't see that connection, and I don't think you will either, but if you can disregard that inconsistent flaw, you'll probably have a good time with those colorful Emperor penguins and the clever animation.

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