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.
"Let's all dog on an innocent kids movie with good messages behind it" -Letterboxd
Come on, George Miller clearly knows what he's doing as a director (the Mad Max series); and "Happy Feet" is a great kids movie he made and it's something I grew up with.
This film brought me to my tap dancing career! Would watch again.
When I was 9, this was the shit. I was so pumped. After I watched it, I wanted my mom to watch it with me so bad because this movie was just so good. I don't know why I thought that. Not bad, but also...not great...
Wow. That was...wow.
Happy Feet is amazing, somehow. What seems like a concept George Miller must have done on a dare is somehow as heartfelt, beautiful, and exciting as a kids film can get. It's a story that everyone can relate to in some way, a story of being an outcast, a story of being different, a story of following your dreams no matter what. If you thought this years "Finding Dory" was a blatant story about dealing with disability, Happy Feet is as if they were just flashing the words HE'S SPECIAL on screen for an hour and a half. Not that that's a bad thing, as it's handled so very well.
George Miller is a god.
Such a cute movie. I haven't seen this in years. I love how this movie makes you think about how people can be different and that's okay.
It was certainly a different and better movie than I expected.
Dance of the penguins. Happy Feet tells a cute, easy to digest story with funky tones tapping from start to finish. The feel good plot follows a familiar structure with the protagonist being different and then solving the crisis involved to save the society he's shunned by. It works well and matches perfectly with the animation style and the film's tone (which is oddly sexual in some cases). Furthermore, it is versatile in how you perceive it, making it relatable on some level. There is a large amount of popular music/pop culture references that it solely depends on in order to enjoy. This creates harsh barrier for people unfamiliar or uninterested in the genre. However, the simple plot and strong…
I'm convinced George Miller can make anything entertaining. This starts out with a great metaphor and premise: those who excel in "non-traditional" education settings but are hopelessly lost in "regular" ones still have value. It squanders that somewhat by the end by throwing in a few too many ideas and rushing that third act, but there are still fun characters and incredibly striking visuals (some of which Fury Road lovers might recognize.) It's slighter than it could have been, but you could do considerably worse for an animated kids' movie.
This was the animated film for my movie marathon. I thought it was a very original idea and executed very well. Amazing animation that holds up 10 years later and looks great. Fun characters that entertain and make you root for them. I see how it won best animated picture over Cars.
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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