Happy Feet

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Released 2006

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Director:
George Miller
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG
Happy Feet is a 2006 animated comedy family film. Mumble (Elijah Wood) is a penguin unlike any other. All of the other penguins sing their "heartsong" to attract a mate, but Mumble has a terrible singing voice. He can, however, tap dance. After being left alone at a party and ostracized from his community, Mumble meets a penguin named Ramon (Robin Williams) and impresses him with his dancing. They stumble upon an excavator and think it to be from aliens that have been abducting the fish from where they live. Mumble makes his way back to his original home and encounters Gloria (Brittany Murphy) who has a lot of suitors, but no one she is interested in. Mumble eventually comes in contact with who all the penguins thought were aliens, who turn out to be humans. Mumble gets the penguins to dance with him and the humans record it and bring it home. After the video of the dancing penguins becomes a worldwide smash, fishing is banned in the Arctic and the penguins can eat fish again. They celebrate with dance.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    No film with as many elements as Happy Feet is successful with all of them, and the romantic-emotional elements of this story feel overly familiar. But the music and dancing are fr...

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    One of the very best directed animated films on record. Not surprisingly from the force behind the "Babe" movies, the attention to detail is phenomenal, the humor ample.

  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    While compromised by the uplift and affirmation that mainstream animation regurgitates like a mommy penguin, it also shows a remarkable persistence of vision. Even in a story about...

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    talking animals, bullies, fish out of water, inspiring stories, isolation from society