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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!
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…
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.
'Ve are ze forcibly cute penguins und soon ve will rule ze world!'
Well, I'm impervious to penguin cuteness so shove off. And stop singing for crying out loud. It's embarrassing.
Just stay true to yourselves, kids - or else everybody you know will die in an environmental catastrophe.
What a piece of crap. I was encouraged to watch this after the kids were taken with the Happy Feet 2 poster prominently displayed at the local cinema.
Firstly, I didn't know that the "thing" that Emporer Penguins do is sing, so the story that Mumble was ostracized from his tribe/flock/group (there is no official collective noun, also something I didn't know) because he can't sing made no sense.
Secondly, the filmmakers have tried to sex up the characters too much. Look, I know how baby animals are made, and there's a way in which to present that to little kids, but having overtly sexual birds singing Prince is not the way.
It made me feel a bit queasy but…
Overrated animated movie is forgettable and underwhelming.
Stunning visuals that seamlessly weave animation and real-life footage. Interesting premise and a couple of thought-provoking moments, but the group of comic-relief penguins are too typical. I didn't like the emphasis on the humans being the ones with the power to maintain balance in the food chain (but I agree that humans are completely responsible for the destruction of earth.) Nonetheless, I'd rather have the penguins be the heroes.
2/3s of Happy Feet consists of a pretty harmless, stereotypical animated film about "following your dreams" and being different. Also, there's an innate sense of happiness I get from penguins singing and dancing to Earth, Wind, and Fire, and I'd imagine most people would find that sequence adorable as well. What I'm surprised most people don't feel, however, is shock at HOW FUCKING WEIRD THE THIRD ACT OF THIS MOVIE IS. I'd give the movie props for going in a completely different direction than I expected, but I feel that tangling your innocent kids' movie into issues of politics and religion in such dangerously broad strokes (unlike say Wall-E, which gets into specifics about the change it wants to see in the world) is a pretty significant misstep.
But still, Hugh Jackman channeling Elvis as a penguin is simply too delightful to give up, so check it out, I guess?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Missed seeing this years back. Had a lot more depth than I was expecting. Fun little moments.
Surprisingly entertaining, fantastic soundtrack.
[English/ Spanish review]
Give some talented guy a powerful and over-used tool like computer animation and you'll have guaranteed something unique. A beautiful homage to the universality of music.
Dale a un tipo con talento una poderosa aunque sobre-explotada herramienta como la animación por ordenador y tendrás garantizado algo único. Un hermoso homenaje a la universalidad de la música.
I vaguely remember this movie being something of a hit when it first came out, and I can't for the world of me understand why.
I mean... it's about tap dancing penguins. Not just penguins. Tap dancing penguins.
And it goes on forever. The 100 minute thing must be a typo, because I've clearly spent at least four days watching this masterpiece. Never before have the end credits brought such relief.
I mean, the CGI is lovely, and it's got a star-studded cast, but it's about penguins, some of the least interesting animals in the whole animal kingdom. Who cares about penguins?! No one, is who, judging by the fact that the only time anyone ever includes them in any…
From the man who brought you Mad Max and Babe Pig in the City (you read that correctly), comes an animated film that's fun for the whole family!
Happy Feet isn't the best family film I've ever seen, though in terms of non-Pixar family films it's probably up there. It's got a great soundtrack and the animation and visuals are truly outstanding. But its story is a little pedestrian and played out.
The performances are a mixed bag; Elijah Wood is excellent, and Robin Williams shines as always, and even Brittany Murphy turns in a surprisingly good performance (who knew she was such a good singer). Nicole Kidman's Marilyn Monroe inspired voice can be a little much, though not nearly…
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