Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
WARNING: May Cause Toe-Tapping.
Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!
aka FernGully on Ice
While everybody else was out celebrating the new Mad Max by (re)watching the original trilogy, I decided to try out George Miller's slightly less acclaimed series, Happy Feet. I have to admit, I don't think I made the better decision.
Happy Feet is cute, inoffensive, and generally well intentioned, so I don't really have any desire to criticize it. It's fine for children, and Miller's eye for kinetic action even manifests itself a couple times (being chased by the seal & sliding down the avalanche), but I promised myself I'd write about everything I watched, and I just didn't like Happy Feet as much as I wanted to. (All I wanted was a silent-era comedy or classical…
Fifth watch of Buddy the Elf. After directing the Mad Max-trilogy about a post-apocalyptic wasteland with much bloodshed, George Miller thought to himself: “let’s make a motion capture film about tap-dancing penguins, my fans will love that.” I just read two reviews on this, which said: “in the year of the animated movie, this one soars above them all” and “in a year rich with animation options, Happy Feet stands head and shoulders above its competition.” These statements, first of all make, me wonder whether me and these critics have seen the same movie, but mostly whether they have cared to check out Paprika - also a 2006 movie - and also why they would consider this a ‘strong’ year…
George Miller's "Happy Feet" has a lot going for it: Hugh Jackman singing Elvis, Elijah Wood voicing the world's cutest penguin, and animated seals snarling like beasts from a horror film. The film is an upbeat, music-infused, CG-animated epic with a dark and timely edge that, though it is not quite satisfyingly developed, adds importance to the family-friendly adventure.
The narrative focus of "Happy Feet" is Mumble, a tiny emperor penguin who is unable to sing like the rest of his species. He can, however, dance, which does not ingratiate him with the penguin community's stuck-in-the-past elders. Soon, Mumble sets out on a journey that culminates with, among other things, a move to end overfishing off of Antarctica's waters.
Ok, first off, penguins scare me. I'm convinced they are real world Mogwai, waiting to change into evil monsters. Nothing can be this cute without a catch.
So, my mother got this dvd for my kids as a Christmas present. I had already seen it and really didn't care much for it at all, due to aforementioned penguin related aversion and the fact that it was a bit bland and predictable.
The kids asked if they could watch it this morning as it is the first day of the Christmas holidays. So once again, while watching it, kids prove to be the most honest audience. At one point my daughter said: "Right, I'm…
Almost gave up on this as I just found the entire singing and tap dancing penguin thing completely irritating, but thankfully it just continues to mutate into something weirder and more complicated, becoming a story about skepticism and religious structures with some side trips into racial inclusiveness and environmentalism. And of course George Miller is no slouch with an untethered virtual camera. To be honest I didn't particularly enjoy this, but it's undeniably an idiosyncratic and confident work.
I can only think of five words to describe Happy Feet with. Not because I'm lazy, but because I'm lost of other words: Peculiar, Beautiful, Scary, Original, Bizarre.
I want to love this movie. It's about penguins! But it frustrates me. The penguins look nice and it is nice concept for a movie. The basic Rudolph scenario of a misfit penguin is fine.
However, I don't love the characters in it, which is the biggest sin. I also don't like the music very much. Taking random songs from all over the place is jarring and quite frankly, odd. There are undercurrents of sexism, racism, and even child abuse in it that are uncomfortable. Also uncomfortable is when they have some of the penguins almost eaten by other ferocious animals three separate times. One of the penguins is choking on a six pack ring. It's just not necessary in this film.
The final act is at least interesting. But I think these cute penguins are swimming in shallow waters.
I put this on mostly to see if my 1.5-year-old daughter would enjoy either a) penguins, or b) dancing penguins. Turns out, this has two things she seems to like. It's not for me, but it's not terrible either and the visuals are fantastic, as we can expect from Miller.
Underneath all that singing, there's a good message in this movie.
I can't tell which is funnier: Lovelace, or a global fishing conglomerate sacrificing its bottom line for some dancing penguins.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
March of the Penguins meets Dumbo meets An Inconvenient Truth meets...Footloose?
This is awesome. It's true that the environmental message is lad on a touch too thick, and quite jarring in the third act after the more subtle "find yourself" and "blind faith" (anti religion) themes of the first two. Yet this minor misstep doesn't trip the wonderful vibe of the piece: the exuberant voice work, the incredible dancing and the tap-worthy tunes. Generally, this film - more than any other animated film of the past decade besides Shrek - comes close to out-pixaring-Pixar: for emotional depth of story, and for animation depth of its stunning environments, and for some of the most thrilling action chase scenes you'll see in CGI-animated or any other movies. Beautiful "camera" work, beautiful "cinematography" - and Miller's return to classic work a'la Mad Max and Babe.
Cute movie about musical, dancing penguins. Nice family favourite
George Miller has quite the range. This may be completely different from Mad Max, but the influences bleed through. This movie is just as enjoyable, since who doesn't love dancing and singing penguins. Plus Robin Williams plays two of them. What's not to like?
Why is no one mentioning the pure terror in this film? Mild peril? MORE LIKE SCENES OF AN INTENSLY DISTRESSING NATURE VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED. In an attempt to get off a plastic 6 pack can thing round a penguins neck mumble and Lovelace are quite literally tossed about by some orcas for about five minutes, I was at a family party with kids so I just clenched my husbands hand tight and swallowed the lump in my throat.
THIS HOWEVER WAS NOT THE WORST BIT OH NO.
Mumble then SWIMS FROM THE SOUTHPOLE TO AN ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY TO FIND THE HUMANS STEALING ALL THE FISH BUT ENDS UP IN A ZOO. IN THE ZOO HE TRIES TO TELL THE…
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