The story of this movie is simple; an Emperor penguin, Mumble, is born in Antarctica. He cannot sing but he can dance. This inability to sing and his flaunting of his dancing gets him outcast from his land. Mumble falls in with a different group of penguins, who just happened to talk like Speedy Gonazeles, and who appreciate his dancing. Mumble and five friends venture of to find aliens (human beings) and Mumble eventually ends up in a zoo in the US. He returns to Antarctica with humans who discover how their commercial fishing is hurting the penguins, and hence stop.
The movie features many big Hollywood names such as Elijah Wood as Mumble, Nicole Kidman as his mom, Brittany Murphy as Mumble's girlfriend, Hugo Weaving as the elder penguin, and Robin Williams. The latter voices two roles, one Mexican and one messianic, and it is his performance that provides much of the comedy in this movie. In a sense, this movie can be seen as Robin Williams' return to his normal roles. Throughout the 80's and most of the 90's, Mr. Williams made his name in zany comedies such as Popeye, Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, Aladdin, and Patch Adams. Thrown in the mix were funny dramas such as Good Morning Vietnam and the Dead Poet's Society. Then in the late 1990's and early part of the 21st century, he hit rock bottom with fans and critiques alike with pure non-comedies like Insomnia, One Hour Photo, Jakob the Liar, Bicentennial Man and The Final Cut. But in the end of 2006, he returned back to form with two comedies; Night at the Museum and Happy Feet. Both movies feature Robin Williams in his traditional wacky, zany, combination of idiotic faces, sarcasm, slapstick action and bombastic dialogue. Though Night at the Museum did better, this movie truly features Robin Williams at his best; two roles, sometimes involved in the same dialogue.
Along with the comedy of Robin Williams, this movie features a lot of music from hip-hop, rock and roll, R&B, and even some country. And the special effects are top notch. all in all, a geat movie.
Of all the computer animated talking animals out there these days, penguins have certainly enjoyed the limelight. Happy Feet, Penguins of Madagascar, Surfs Up, The Jungle Bunch- these are just a few of the CG films in the past few years to focus on the flightless birds of the colder climes. Believe it or not, I was on the fence about viewing Happy Feet ever since its release back in 2006 for two key complaints that seem to follow the piece: A political agenda … more
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For anyone who thought the Oscar-winning documentaryMarch of the Penguinswas the most marvelous cinematic moment for these nomads of the south, you haven't seen nothing yet.Happy Feetis an animated wonder about a penguin named Mumble who can't sing, but can dance up a storm. George Miller, the driving force behind theBabe(andMad Max) movies, takes another creative step in family entertainment with this big, beautiful, music-fueled film that will have kids and their parents dancing in the streets. From his first moment alive, Mumble (voiced Elijah Woods) feels the beat and can't stop dancing. Unfortunately, emperor penguins are all about finding their own heart song, and the dancing youngster--as cute as he is--is a misfit. Luckily, he bumps into little blue penguins and a Spanish-infused group (led by Robin Williams) and begins a series of adventures. Miller has an exceptional variety of entertainment: Busby Berkley musical numbers, amusement-park thrills, exciting chase sequences (seals and orca lovers might like think otherwise), and even an environmental message that doesn't weigh you down. Best of all, you don't know where the movie is going in the last act, a rare occurrence these days in family entertainment. A fusion of rock songs, mashed-up and otherwise, are featured; this movie is as much a musical as a comedy. Mumble's solo dance to a new version of Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" by Fantasia, Patti, and Yolanda may be the most joyful...