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Happy Feet

  • Drama
  • Family
  • 2006
  • George Miller (2)
  • 104 mins
  • U

Summary

Musical animated adventure featuring the voices of Nicole Kidman, Elijah Wood and Robin Williams. In the freezing Antarctic, Emperor penguins find their soul mate through their own unique "heart song". Unfortunately for young bird Mumble, he can't sing a note, but he can tap dance brilliantly. Social rejection soon follows, leading his "happy feet" to be blamed for a colony-threatening fish famine. Determined to prove his worth, Mumble heads off on a perilous journey to discover the truth about what has happened to the fish stocks.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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 cute chick 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. Even though he can tap dance brilliantly, his colony rejects him, so he embarks 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.

Credits

Cast

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Mumble Elijah Wood
Ramón / LovelaceRobin Williams
Gloria Brittany Murphy
Memphis Hugh Jackman
Norma Jean Nicole Kidman
Noah the ElderHugo Weaving
Alpha SkuaAnthony LaPaglia
Mrs AstrakhanMiriam Margolyes
Nestor Carlos Alazraqui
KevSteve Irwin

Crew

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DirectorGeorge Miller (2)

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2006-12-08
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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