Happy Feet

November 17th, 2006








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Happy Feet

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Plot
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!

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.6/10 (60,987 voted)

Critic's Score: 77/100

Director: George Miller

Stars: Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman

Storyline
This is the story of a little penguin named Mumble who has a terrible singing voice and later discovers he has no Heartsong. However, Mumble has an astute talent for something that none of the penguins had ever seen before: tap dancing. Though Mumble's mom, Norma Jean, thinks this little habit is cute, his dad, Memphis, says it "just ain't penguin." Besides, they both know that, without a Heartsong, Mumble may never find true love. As fate would have it, his one friend, Gloria, happens to be the best singer around. Mumble and Gloria have a connection from the moment they hatch, but she struggles with his strange "hippity- hoppity" ways. Mumble is just too different--especially for Noah the Elder, the stern leader of Emperor Land, who ultimately casts him out of the community. Away from home for the first time, Mumble meets a posse of decidedly un-Emperor-like penguins--the Adelie Amigos...

Writers: George Miller, Warren Coleman

Cast:
Carlos Alazraqui - Nestor (voice)
Lombardo Boyar - Raul (voice)
Jeffrey Garcia - Rinaldo (voice) (as Jeff Garcia)
Johnny A. Sanchez - Lombardo (voice) (as Johnny Sanchez III)
Robin Williams - Ramon / Lovelace (voice)
Elijah Wood - Mumble (voice)
Brittany Murphy - Gloria (voice)
Hugh Jackman - Memphis (voice)
Nicole Kidman - Norma Jean (voice)
Hugo Weaving - Noah the Elder (voice)
Elizabeth Daily - Baby Mumble (voice) (as E.G. Daily)
Magda Szubanski - Miss Viola (voice)
Miriam Margolyes - Mrs. Astrakhan (voice)
Fat Joe - Seymour (voice)
Alyssa Shafer - Baby Gloria (voice)

Taglines: Everybody Dance Now!



Details

Official Website: Warner Bros [France] | Warner Bros. [United States] |

Release Date: 17 November 2006

Filming Locations: Fox Studios, Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Box Office Details

Budget: $100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $41,533,432 (USA) (19 November 2006) (3804 Screens)

Gross: $384,335,608 (Worldwide) (10 May 2007)



Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Initially, Prince refused to allow the use of his song, "Kiss", for the film. However, after seeing footage of the film, he not only changed his mind and allowed the song to be used, but also wrote an additional original song for the film to use in the closing credits.

Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the scene where we see Memphis and Norma Jean finding each other in the crowd (when the females are returning), one penguin in the center of the screen walks through another penguin.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Penguin #1: [singing] Once there was a way to get back homeward.
Penguin #2: [singing] Are the stars out tonight?
Penguin #1: [singing] Once there was a way to get back home.
Penguin #2: [singing] I only have eyes for you.
Penguin #1: [singing] Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry.
Penguin #2: [singing] For you.
Penguin #1: [singing] And I will sing a lullaby.
Penguin #3: [singing] With a song in my heart.
Penguin #4: [singing] So tell me / Tell me something good / Yeah, yeah, yeah / Tell me that you love me. / Tell me, baby. / Tell me something good.
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User Review

Truly Moving Picture

Rating: 10/10

I saw this film on October 2nd, 2006 in Indianapolis. I am one of the judges for the Heartland Film Festival's Truly Moving Picture Award. A Truly Moving Picture "…explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life." Heartland gave that award to this film.

It's not easy being a young penguin when you can't sing and singing well is how you find your one true soul mate. The mating happens when young couples are attracted to each other's own rendition of their heart song. And to make matters even worse, the young penguin, Mumble, is a natural tap dancer, which is not appreciated by his parents or his teachers or the penguin colony. And to top it all off, there is a shortage of fish and no one knows why.

The unhappy young Mumble runs into 5 small Latino penguins from another penguin colony and the adventure takes off. The story line cuts back and forth between the fish shortage environmental mystery and Mumble's attempt to be attractive to Gloria, his love interest. Along the way he runs into penguin eating birds and penguin eating mammals and almost alien-like man made machines.

This is a musical comedy animation and the songs are classic rock and the dance routines are Broadway-theater clever and these songs and dances never stop throughout the film.

Mumble is a loser in the eyes of his peers, and feels a lot of pain. But he is also heroic and brave and optimistic and he never gives up. Those traits do not let him down. Mumble can pass on an important message to young people. It's your attitude that can carry you through successfully in life. It is not always about physical attributes and physical beauty.

Robin Williams voices Ramon, one of the small Latino penguins, and also Lovelace, the film-flam psychic of the Latino penguin colony. Robin Williams' two characters are over the top which is perfect for the normally over the top Robin Williams. This comedic element keeps the film from taking its adult themes too seriously.

FYI – There is a Truly Moving Pictures web site where there is a listing of past Truly Moving Picture Award winners that are now either at the theater or available on video.




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