Happy Feet

Happy Feet

George Miller (2006)

104min
U Certificate
Sat 21 Dec 1:45pm - 3:35pm RTÉ2
HD SUB
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Review

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George Miller, the director and co-writer of Babe, does for penguins what he did for pigs in this fabulous Oscar-winning family adventure. Playing like "March of the Penguins: the Musical", it combines jaw-dropping computer animation with contemporary and classic tunes to bring to life a simple but eloquent story of an outcast emperor penguin's struggle for acceptance. Moral and ecological messages abound as avian cutie Mumble (voiced by Elijah Wood) hatches without the ability to sing - a terrible misfortune in an Antarctic community where penguin couples find their mate through song. What he can do however is tap dance brilliantly, leading to social rejection that prompts him to embark on an exciting quest to prove his worth. Every element of this heart-warming tale is delightful, from the astonishing visuals and imaginative Busby Berkeley-style song-and-dance numbers to the relentlessly paced (and occasionally scary) action sequences. The voice talent is also seriously classy, with Robin Williams (in dual roles) a highlight in a cast that also includes Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman as Mumble's parents.

Summary

A young penguin disappoints his fellow seabirds with his inability to sing - but instead he displays a remarkable talent for tap dancing. However, his elders refuse to accept this outlandish behaviour and send the youngster into exile, marking the start of a wonderful journey. Animated adventure, with the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

Cast & Crew

Mumble Elijah Wood
Ramon/Lovelace Robin Williams
Norma Jean Nicole Kidman
Memphis Hugh Jackman
Gloria Brittany Murphy
Noah the Elder Hugo Weaving
Nestor Carlos Alazraqui
Raul Lombardo Boyar
Director George Miller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Dec 2006
Drama Children's