The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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.
This is a very cute film that I would recommend for everyone. I thought it was just going to be a money-making fluff film aimed at children through the use of songs, but it turned out that it touched on some major themes like religion, sustainability, isolation and inclusion.
Hints of Mad Max Fury Road throughout.
Lovelace = Immortan Joe
How the fuck did George Miller go from Mad Max to this?
George Miller's magnum opus. One star.
Animação belíssima que se revela um ode à natureza.
Wait, George Miller directed this? lolololol
George Miller is the king of CGI. Happy Feet boasts a great story, great cast, even greater songs, awesome animation, and a brilliant director who takes grand ideas and spins them into believable worlds with his caring and attentive touch. If you don't want to live in Miller's delightful Antarctic universe after seeing this film, then you are probably heartless and should check yourself into the nearest hospital.
Nota = 4
Watched on a plane. Lotsa fun until the ending, which dragged it down half a star.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!