Happy Feet

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Director: George Miller
Voice Talents of: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman

RunTime: 98 mins
Genre: Animation
Rating: PG

Will Appeal To: Young children and Old 'children'

If Happy Feet can’t make you happy, few will.

Happy Feet is set deep in Antarctica. Into the Land of the Emperor Penguins where each needs a heart song to attract a soul mate, a penguin is born who cannot sing. Our hero Mumble, son of Memphis and Norma Jean, is the worst singer in the world… however as it happens, he is a brilliant tap dancer!

The animation starts off as a music fanfare with Nicole Kidman and Huge Jackson sealing their love musical style. Their medley of Kiss and Heartbreak Hotel was sweet and magical. I always look forward to all the songs from the old cartoons we used to see. (What happened to the songs in the newer animation?!) But Happy Feet promises songs of many genre, with penguins dancing to Boogie Wonderland.

Mumble (voiced by Elijah Wood) is Cute with the Capital C (perhaps not so much after he grew up). Watching him fumble and tap-dance to the tune of American Idol Fantasia Barrino was very heart warming. Yes, another plush toy please!

Possibly inspired from Life in the Freezer and March of the Penguins, it goes on to discuss more adult issues (which justifies for its PG rating). From family, relationships, acceptance of deviance in the society, religion (watch out for Christian undertones), ecological issues to environmentalism, Happy Feet strikes a good balance between the its two target audience. You may be prepared to drop a tear or two.

As a trivia, this is Steve Irwin's last movie as well as he voices one of the elephant seals.

Breathtaking scenes, cutesy animation, music, dance and issues, Happy Feet is a happy feat.

Happy Feet – Start tapping your feet!

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