Happy Feet 2006

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Animated comedy featuring the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams and Brittany Murphy. Emperor penguins have lived for centuries with one simple goal in life: to find their soulmates through their own unique heart song. Mumble (Elijah Wood), son of Memphis (Hugh Jackman) and Norma Jean (Nicole Kidman), is the worst singer in the world but he is a brilliant tap dancer. Unfortunately in Antarctica his toe-tapping talent is deemed peculiar and poor Mumble is branded an outcast by the Emperor Elders and is even accused of causing the mysterious fish famine which is gripping the penguin community and threatening their way of life. Mumble decides to leave his family and goes on a journey to determine the real cause of the fish famine so he can prove his innocence. All adrift in a lonely hostile world, he meets The Amigos, a wise-cracking comedy crew of Latino Adelie penguins led by Ramon (Williams), who think Mumble's smooth dance moves are 'accidentally cool' and a great way to impress the chicas. The Amigos help him realise the importance of being true to oneself and that being unique is a good thing. Mumble uses courage, determination and, of course, his 'happy feet' to discover the truth, save Emperor Land and win the heart of his soulmate, Gloria (Murphy).

Starring:
Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Happy Feet

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, Robin Williams
Director George Miller
Genres Comedy
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 26 March 2007
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, Robin Williams
Director George Miller
Genres Comedy
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 1 October 2007
Main languages English

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lord Herbivore on 2 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
Me and my family's four big and four small happy feet have just returned from the cinema, where the feet's owners had a rare treat. This is a fantastic film! Warner Bros and all concerned should be proud of their achievement. Not only is the movie cute, it has a great sound track, is full of infectious fun, is breathtaking to look at, and is suitable for all age groups. It appeals on multiple levels, having both the obvious storyline plus lots of others too, for example about the wrongness of religious bigotry, about being rejected but finding purpose and carrying on, and about real love. It also has a strong eco-message which will register in young minds and hopefully help shape a better tomorrow for the planet.

So, take spectacle, epic scale, thrills, brilliant charactarisation, amazing voice talents, a laugh a minute and incredible feel-good - what do you get? Not just a good film, a Great film!

Everyone should see it, and it should be compulsory for 8 to 14 year olds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blackhorse47 on 3 April 2009
Format: DVD
Our hero can't sing, but he can dance. That's a bit of a problem when singing is so important to penguins.

There is no middle ground with this movie. You'll either sit there looking at your watch with a finger twitching for the fast forward button on the remote, or you'll be entranced. The group you'll fall into I think depends on your view of modern computer-generated animated movies. If you love the standard format of cute animals all being voiced by star names with a strong plot and jokes coming thick and fast that are pitched at various levels so that the whole family can enjoy, then you probably won't like this. If on the other hand you've grown bored of that style of animated feature and would like something different, then you might appreciate this, as it sure is different.

The story line involving singing penguins is bizarre, and even though it amounts in the end to the old storyline about how being different doesn't mean you should be ostracised, that story is very slight. It really is just a platform to stick in various singing and dancing sequences, in much the same way as the old musicals did. Then there's the humour, or lack of it. There's almost no jokes in the first hour, and that's not just that the jokes fall flat, it's that there's nothing there that's supposed to be funny. And then when the ecological message arrives 2/3rds of the way through the film, it's done without even an attempt to be subtle or to integrate itself into the storyline.

So, you'll take a risk if you try this film, but as it's not a bad film and clearly the people behind it cared about what they were trying to do, even if it turns out to be not to your taste, you'll still probably think the effort of watching it the once was worthwhile.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M on 17 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
Happy Feet has to be the best animation film I've seen in ages!!! The animation and detail is excellent and the songs are great.

When a father-to-be penguin accidently drops his egg, his child turns out to be different. He tap dances instead of singing. The other don't like this so they get rid of him. Whilst Mumble is not with the others, he goes in search for what is taking their fish along with his new buddies.

The voices add more emotion to this movie, and the music is also fantastic!!!

At the beginning, when Mumble was a little kid, he was soo cute and I actually believed that he was a real penguin!!! The killer whales also look realistic which makes it even more brilliant!!!

Overall ,Happy Feet is a delight to watch and you should see it as soon as you can as it is FANTASTIC!!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Aug 2007
Format: DVD
Me and my 6y old daughter we saw this movie seven times at the cinema (including three times in its Polish version) and we were both terribly impressed. Even as an adult I must say that I felt in love with "Happy Feet" - the stunning image quality, the great story, the impressive music, the very intelligent dialogues, the humour and the message of course.

In fact this movie has a double message - the "green" one (have some pity for our planet) and also the one about accepting handicapped members of community. Very early you will see that the main hero is handicapped (according to penguin standards in this movie) and his problem can not be solved. Ever. So he has to live with it as has the whole colony.

There is more - there are elements about the difficulty of communication between civilisations and the hard choices that face the established religion (yes, there is a penguin religion in this movie) in the time of a cataclysm. A great thing in this movie is that it avoids creating villains in the penguin society - even the most antipatic and usufferable characters have their story and their point. In fact the only villains are predators who eat penguins - skuas, orcas and especially the sea leopard, one of the most impressive (and scariest) creatures I ever saw in a kids movie. The scene with the sea leopard is actually the only one which can really scare the youngest kids.

This is a terrific movie, in which every scene is perfect - nothing can be cut or added without spoiling it. I absolutely do not agree that the second part is worse, in fact I believe it is one of the most emotional and impressive moments of the cinema and not only children cinema.
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