Happy Feet

by Jen on December 11, 2006

-Directed by: George Miller, Judy Morrison, Warren Coleman

Starring:
-The voices of: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Brittany Murphy

I feel I should confess something. Robin Williams in an animated film is a guarantee I’ll go see it. As a comedian for family movies, I think he’s absolutely fantastic in both content and timing. He can make jokes that will have younger kids giggling in the aisles, and enough appropriate mature humor that you might snort your soda a time or two. (I’m not saying if I did or not.)

This film tells the story of a young penguin named Mumble and the colony of Emperor penguins he is born into. Right off the bat, you’re shown that the way penguins find a mate is through their “heart-song”. If you can sing, you can find someone who likes your song and in turn falls in love with you. Unfortunately for young Mumble, and much to the chagrin of his parents, Mumble has a voice that could break glass. Instead through, he can dance like Fred Astaire. When his father, voiced by Hugh Jackman, asks young Mumble what he’s doing with his feet he replies cheerfully: “My feet are happy!”

When Mumble is seen as an outcast among his colony, he leaves his familiar world behind and winds up finding a whole new group of penguins. Called Adelaides, they’re shorter, spunkier and they appreciate Mumble for who and what he is. A group of them, led by Williams’ fantastic Ramon, help him see that his happy feet are cool and while he’s different he’s still a good friend and a lot of fun. It’s an obvious lesson, but an important one no matter how old you are.

Throughout this story, there is some fantastic musical numbers from the penguins who can sing. You’ll find yourself knowing some of the songs, and tapping your feet to those you don’t. You’ll also be given an environmental message too. One of the points in the movie is that the Antarctic penguins can’t find enough fish thanks to human interference, and it suggests that if we pay attention to our animal neighbors we might benefit the world at large. Again, it’s a valuable message even though in this film it’s a little awkwardly presented.

Overall though, this is a movie worth your time. It’s funny, funky, and a great family film.

-Jenn Untch
Liberty, Missouri
jennuntch@yahoo.com
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Anonymous April 21, 2007 at 9:19 pm

Personally, I didn’t like this movie. The commercials made it look funny and cute but the actual movie was dumb.

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Anonymous August 31, 2007 at 6:16 pm

I heard this movie had a lot of homosexual innuendo, through symbolism. Definitely, NOT what I want to expose my children to. I will not watch it.

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