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.
ME gustó bastante, pero creo que hubo cosas que no me atraparon como para decir que la amo locamente. Creo que tampoco hice mucho click con eso de tener un "pasito Especial", pero a veces soy una mujer sin corazón.
my aunt took me to see this in theaters when it came out and a bug crawled on my arm during the movie
It's not a fantastic script, but it's pleasantly weird, and some of those action sequences are legitimately harrowing. Both the love interest and the mom are played rather sexier than I think penguins tend to be in real life.
Chalk this rating up to the fact that I feel like crap, have sat through some horrible new releases, and watching this with my mom who found herself laughing throughout most of this, which she almost never does anymore. That said, a lot of the humor falls flat for my own personal taste and some of the songs grow tiresome. But the element of surprise in the last act outweighed any of the usual weaknesses that come with these types of "underdog against the norm" stories. Strange how after all these years, I never heard about where it goes late in the film though I kinda figured out who the "aliens" were early-on of course. Miller really knows how to…
The design of the predators in this movie is cool, but I detest cartoon animals singing pop songs, and all the weird sexualizing of penguins is rather disturbing.
10 years and running, it's still a very underappreciated film. Haven't seen this in a while but man, does it still hold up. Can't believe George Miller directed both films but man, he did another great job here. The sequel is fine, i'm going to have to get it from the DVD's shelf and revisit it to see how do I look at it now.
But yeah, this one's really great. I've been a fan of it since it came out 10 years ago and I still like it a lot.
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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* The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was first given for films made in 2001.
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