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Into the community of the Emperor Penguins, Mumble, is born unable to sing. His parents take him to a remedial teacher who encourages him to give expression to his deepest feelings. But they come out in the form of tap dancing, which is regarded by his community as being a little weird and is ultimately cast out.
Animated Adventure Comedy - This is an animated musical filled with song and dance, but with
expected comedy bits there is also a serious environmental
In addition to the obvious kid appeal factor, there is also a lot
for adults to savor. The PG rating is earned though as some action
sequences may be a bit intense for the really young.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Happy Feet contains enough solid entertainment to be worth the price of admission, but the production's last act self-inflicted wounds do irreparable damage to what is an otherwise fine motion picture.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average Overall, this is an enjoyable ride, despite the occasional preaching.
USA TodayFull Review Good The dazzling animation, catchy songs and Broadway-worthy dance numbers give the film even broader appeal.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 158 moviegoers: A GREAT FAMILY MOVIE FOR THE HOLIDAYS! DON'T MISS "HAPPY FEET"!
CHILDREN: ABSOLUTELY LOVED "HAPPY FEET"!
TEENS: EXCELLENT OPINIONS from the ladies! Nearly all of them loved this movie. There weren't a lot of guys, but they also rated it very high.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS and ADULTS: Most of the ladies really enjoyed "Happy Feet," rating it Very Good or higher. However, a fair number only rated it average to below average. So, for most of you, your probability of enjoying "Happy Feet" is very high. Pretty much the same goes for the guys, which is great considering the type of movie this is.
In the great nation of Emperor Penguins, deep in Antarctica, you're nobody unless
you can sing—which is unfortunate for Mumble (ELIJAH WOOD), who is the worst
singer in the world. He is born dancing to his own tune…tap dancing.
Though Mumble's mom, Norma Jean (NICOLE KIDMAN), thinks this little habit
is cute, his dad, Memphis (HUGH JACKMAN), 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 (BRITTANY MURPHY), 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 (HUGO
WEAVING), the stern leader of Emperor Land, who ultimately casts him out of the
Away from home for the first time, Mumble meets a posse of decidedly un-
Emperor-like penguins—the Adelie Amigos. Led by Ramon (ROBIN WILLIAMS), the
Adelies instantly embrace Mumble's cool dance moves and invite him to party with
n Adelie Land, Mumble seeks the counsel of Lovelace the Guru (also voiced by
ROBIN WILLIAMS), a crazy-feathered Rockhopper penguin who will answer any of
life's questions for the price of a pebble.
Together with Lovelace and the Amigos, Mumble sets out across vast landscapes
and, after some epic encounters, proves that by being true to yourself, you can make all
the difference in the world.