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Happy Feet

Happy Feet Official Poster
Directed by George Miller,Gyver(producer)
Produced by George Miller
Doug Mitchell
Bill Miller
Written by Warren Coleman
John Collee
George Miller
Judy Morris
Starring Elijah Wood
Robin Williams
Brittany Murphy
Hugh Jackman
Nicole Kidman
Hugo Weaving
Anthony LaPaglia
Magda Szubanski
Steve Irwin
Music by John Powell
Distributed by Flag of the United States Warner Bros. (and all non-Australia/Singapore countries)
Flag of Australia Village Roadshow Pictures
Flag of Singapore Golden Village Entertainment
Release date(s) Flag of the United States November 17, 2006
Flag of the United Kingdom December 8, 2006
Flag of Australia December 26, 2006
Flag of Mexico January 12, 2007
Running time 108 min.
Country Flag of Australia Australia
Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $100,000,000
Official website
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Happy Feet is an Academy Award-winning Australian-produced 2006 computer-animated comedy-drama film, directed and co-written by George Miller. It was released in North America on November 17, 2006 and produced at Sydney-based visual effects and animation studio Animal Logic for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures. It is the first animated feature film produced by Kennedy Miller in association with Animal Logic. Though primarily an animated film, it does incorporate live action humans in certain scenes. The film was simultaneously released in both conventional theatres and in IMAX 2D format.[1] The studio has hinted that a future IMAX 3D release was still a possibility.[2] Happy Feet won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature after failing to win the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature. 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The film was dedicated to Nick Enright, Michael Jonson, Robby McNeilly Green, and Steve Irwin. Nick Enright (22 December 1950-30 March 2003) was an Australian playwright. ... For the rugby league footballer of the same name, see Steve Irwin (rugby league). ...

Contents

Plot

Maurice, Baby Gloria and Memphis look on as Mumble's egg hatches

Set in an Antarctic emperor penguin colony, the film establishes that every penguin must sing a unique song (called a "Heartsong") to attract a soul mate. This is based in fact, since emperor couples court each other and recognize one another by their unique calls. One particular female, Norma Jean, sings her Heartsong, "Kiss", whereupon the male Memphis sings "Heartbreak Hotel". Norma Jean chooses him as her mate. They couple and Norma Jean lays an egg. The egg is left in Memphis's care while Norma Jean and the other females leave to fish for several weeks. While the males are struggling through the harsh winter, Memphis drops the egg, briefly exposing it to the freezing Antarctic temperatures. The resulting chick - the film's protagonist, Mumble - has a terrible singing voice and later discovers he has no Heartsong. However, Mumble has an astute talent for something that none of the penguins had ever seen before: tap dancing. Image File history File links Happyfeet1. ... Image File history File links Happyfeet1. ... For other uses, see Antarctica (disambiguation). ... Binomial name Gray, 1844 The Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species. ... This article is about the song; for the personal relationship, see soulmate Title of song: Soul Mate Artist: Funkadelic Title of album: Hardcore Jollies Year of first release: 1976 Trivia: Description of music: Complete tabs at [external site with complete tabs] Songwriters: George Clinton, Grace Cook (aka Eddie Hazel) Memorable... Kiss is a 1986 song by Prince and the Revolution, from the album Parade. ... For the Whitney Houston song, see Heartbreak Hotel (Whitney Houston song). ... In most birds and reptiles, an egg (Latin ovum) is the zygote, resulting from fertilization of the ovum. ... For other uses, see Fish (disambiguation). ... For more details on each day of the week, see days of the week. ... Winter is one of the four seasons of temperate zones. ... For other uses, see Temperature (disambiguation). ... Mumble is a fictional emperor penguin, and the protagonist of the 2006 animated film Happy Feet. ... The word voice can be used to refer to: Sound: The human voice. ... Man tap dancing. ...


This ability is frowned upon by the colony's elders, who do not tolerate deviance of any kind. As a result, Mumble is ostracized throughout his childhood, with only his mother and his friend Gloria to turn to for help. Mumble then grows to a young adult, still half-covered in fluffy down. Through a series of mishaps - mainly a mad chase by a hungry leopard seal - the young penguin finds himself far from his home and within the carefree colony of rockhoppers - penguins small in stature, but fiercely loyal to those they call friends. He quickly befriends a small group of bachelors who form a club of sorts called the Amigos: the leader, Ramon, the brothers Raul and Nestor, and twin brothers Rinaldo and Lombardo. The Amigos quickly embrace Mumble's dance moves and assimilate him into their misfit group. The down of birds is a layer of fine feathers found under the tougher exterior feathers. ... Binomial name (Blainville, 1820) Hydrurga leptonyx range map. ... Binomial name Forster, 1781 Synonyms Eudyptes crestatus The Southern Rockhopper Penguin or just Rockhopper Penguin, Eudyptes chrysocome, is a species of penguin closely related to the Macaroni Penguin. ... An interpersonal relationship is some relationship or connection between two people. ...


Mumble's joy at finding acceptance for his difference is cut short when strange "alien discoveries" occur; after his accidentally starting an avalanche a long-frozen human excavator tumbles out from a glacier, and Mumble is intrigued. Driven by curiosity, he sets out to find the "aliens" responsible for the machine. Look up joy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The toe of an avalanche in Alaskas Kenai Fjords. ... A tracked excavator by Daewoo. ... This article is about the geological formation. ...


In Mumble's old home, it is mating season, and Gloria is the centre of attention with her heartsong "Boogie Wonderland", as was Mumble's mother. However, although she is surrounded by a large horde of suitors, none of their Heartsongs interest her. At this point, Ramon stands behind a newly come Mumble and sings a Spanish version of "My Way". Gloria likes the song, but is wary because she knows that Mumble can't sing. She pushes him forward, revealing Ramon. She turns back to the other males, and Mumble is temporarily heartbroken. He then persuades her to sing to his dancing, and surprisingly succeeds in getting Gloria to sing to his tapping rhythm. As the other penguins are equally worked up; they all begin dancing, much to Mumble's delight. It has been suggested that Neural mechanisms behind shifts of attention be merged into this article or section. ... Boogie Wonderland is a 1979 hit disco single for Earth, Wind and Fire with the Emotions, taken from the album I AM. It is regarded as a classic of the disco age. ... This article is about the song made famous by Frank Sinatra. ...


Noah, the elder, sees the lack of fish as punishment from the Great 'Guin, their god, regarding Mumble's dancing. Noah exiles Mumble from the colony as a result; before Mumble leaves, he vows that he will find the real cause of the famine, and travels across vast territories with the Amigos and Lovelace, a self-worshipping rockhopper. Gloria tries to help him; Mumble, out of fear for her safety, does whatever it takes to get rid of her - namely, insulting her singing talents. For other uses, see Fish (disambiguation). ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Binomial name Eudyptes chrysocome Forster,, 1781 The Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) is a species of penguin closely related to the Macaroni Penguin. ... For other uses, see Fear (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Safety (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Name (disambiguation). ...


The Amigos, along with Mumble and Lovelace, travel many miles under harsh conditions. During their journey, they meet a group of elephant seals, who warn of "Annihilators", who are presumably the same "aliens" Mumble seeks. “Miles” redirects here. ... Species M. leonina M. angustirostris Elephant seals are large, oceangoing mammals in the genus Mirounga, in the earless seal family (Phocidae). ...


After narrowly escaping a few killer whales, the birds finally come face to face with a legion of huge trawlers, all laden with fish caught around the Antarctic coast. Mumble follows after them fearlessly, leaving his friends behind to bear testament to his legacy. Binomial name Orcinus orca Linnaeus, 1758 Orca range (in blue) The Orca or Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) is the largest species of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae). ... A modern Icelandic trawler A trawler is a fishing vessel designed for the purpose of operating a trawl, a type of fishing net that is dragged along the bottom of the sea (or sometimes above the bottom at a specified depth). ...

Mumble with the 5 Adélie Amigos. Left to right: Néstor, Lombardo, Rinaldo, Mumble, Raul, and Ramón

After swimming and being tossed around by sea currents, Mumble ends up in a penguin exhibit at a marine park (Closely resembling the Penguin Encounter at SeaWorld, most likely the one in Orlando, Florida), and fervently tries to communicate with the "aliens" (humans) who surround him. When his pleas fail, Mumble nearly succumbs to madness after three months of confinement in the sterile glass prison. When a child taps on the glass wall one day, Mumble is woken from his stupor and dances in response, whereupon the child appears to run away. He becomes disappointed until she comes back with her mother. Soon, a large crowd gathers around the exhibit, taking pictures and telling their friends of this marvel. He is released to the wild, now with fewer of his fluffy down feathers and a tracking device strapped to his back, and leads the "aliens" home to his native colony. The other penguins, formerly skeptical, are now convinced that the aliens do exist. Image File history File links Happyfeet2. ... Image File history File links Happyfeet2. ... For the unrelated theme park with a similar name in Australia, see Sea World. ... Nickname: Location in Orange County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State Counties Orange Government  - Mayor Buddy Dyer (D) Area  - City 101 sq mi (261. ... This article is about the material. ...


Soon, a helicopter arrives, carrying five men in orange suits. The explorers film the penguins dancing and dance along with the rhythm. They bring this footage back to the human world. Different governments debate what to make of this footage and a worldwide debate ensues. They soon realize that they are overfishing the Antarctic waters, and conclude that perhaps the penguins were trying to communicate that to them. Antarctic fishing is banned, and the fish population returns. At this, the Emperor Penguins and the Amigos dance and celebrate their triumph. A dancing baby penguin seen at the end is implied to be the child of Mumble and Gloria. For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation). ... 5 (five) is the natural number following 4 and preceding 6. ...


Production

The animation in Happy Feet invested heavily in motion capture technology, with the dance scenes acted out by human dancers. The tap-dancing for Mumble in particular was provided by Savion Glover who was also co-choreographer for the dance sequences.[3] The dancers went through "Penguin School" to learn how to move like a penguin, and also wore head apparatus to mimic a penguin's beak.[4] Motion capture, or mocap, is a technique of digitally recording the movements of real things — usually humans — it originally developed as an analysis tool in biomechanics research, but has grown increasingly important as a source of motion data for computer animation. ... Image:Savion Glover. ...


The film took four years to make. Ben Gunsberger, Lighting Supervisor and VFX Department Supervisor, says this was partly because they needed to build new infrastructure and tools. [5]


Miller has mentioned the possibility of a sequel. He says that he has so many ideas he can put into a follow-up, but Miller has two or three more films that he wants to produce before considering it. [6]


Characters

Actor Penguin and/or Other Animal
Elijah Wood Mumble
Brittany Murphy Gloria
Hugh Jackman Memphis
Nicole Kidman Norma Jean
Robin Williams Ramón & Lovelace
Hugo Weaving Noah the Elder
Carlos Alazraqui Néstor
Lombardo Boyar Raul
Jeff Garcia Rinaldo
Johnny A. Sanchez Lombardo
Fat Joe Seymour
Magda Szubanski Miss Viola
Miriam Margolyes Mrs. Astrakhan
Dee Bradley Baker Maurice
Chrissie Hynde Michelle
E.G. Daily Baby Mumble
Alyssa Shafer Baby Gloria
César Flores Baby Seymour
Anthony LaPaglia Boss Skua
Danny Mann Dino/Zoo Penguin
Mark Klastorin Vinnie
Michael Cornacchia Frankie
Nicholas McKay Nev
Tiriel Mora Kev
Steve Irwin Trev
Richard Carter Barry
Roger Rose The Leopard Seal
Peter Carroll Elder
Larry Moss Elder
Lee Perry Elder/Zoo Penguin
Alan Shearman Elder
Giselle Loren Adélie Chica
Denise Blasor Adélie Chica
Michelle Arthur Adélie Chica

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Michelle Arthur is an American actress who has appeared in several television series and mainstream movies. ...

References to other films

  • Early in the pre-production, director/producer George Miller called fellow Australian filmmaker John Weiley, of Heliograph Productions. He asked if he could view all the rushes of Emperor penguin footage from John's 1991 IMAX film, Antarctica. [7] Miller viewed the footage in Sydney prior to announcing the production. Many of the sequences and behaviors are similar to the live action footage from the IMAX film.
  • Many sequences and plot devices in the film are similar to those in the Antarctic documentary March of the Penguins, released in 2005, because both films are mainly about Emperor penguins. (On the DVD documentary, Robin Williams says he saw the film as March of the Penguins meets Riverdance.) Despite the similarities, both films were in production before details of either were announced. Happy Feet was partially inspired by earlier documentaries such as the BBC's Life in the Freezer.[8]
  • When Mumble is found by the "aliens," he is transported to a zoo, which recalls the end sequence of 2001: A Space Odyssey. A magellanic penguin that talks to Mumble speaks with a voice similar to that of Douglas Rain, the voice of HAL, the villain of 2001 asking for emotions from Mumble, whom the penguin calls Dave, 2001's protagonist. The most obvious pastiche is the sequence that zooms out from the center of Mumble/Dave's eye to the overhead shot of the zoo, region, planet, and finally universe, symbolic of Mumble's isolated, conquered state.
  • Happy Feet possesses striking similarities to the EB White book, The Trumpet of the Swan, and its subsequent film adaptation. Mumble seems to fill the role of Louie, while Gloria represents Serena. In the movie, even Serena's father's name was Maurice. Lovelace could be compared to Joe Mantegna's character Monty in the film, or to the original book's Boatman; while the Amigos, collectively, bear a similar role to that of Sam Beaver.
  • Another book, Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davies, a red deer by the name of Rannoch seems to share the hero role with Mumble for the stag was prophecized to bring peace to his people and had to flee for freedom from his home herd when he was just an adolescent fawn. He also has a white oak leaf mark on his forehead, whereas Mumble had a gray bow tie mark on his breast. The red deer, calling themselves the Herla, also believed in a deity similar to the Great 'Guin; the Celtic forest god Herne, often mentioned as a giant golden stag with a majestic rack of antlers.
  • Several sequences of the movie are very similar in both premise and execution to scenes in Don Bluth's 1995 animated film The Pebble and the Penguin - wherein a misfit penguin must compete with a villainous rival for the affections of one female.
  • There is a plot similarity to Jonathan Livingston Seagull, in that both stories feature a bird who is ostracized by his elders for his persistent recourse to an atypical skill, only to learn something that will benefit his people forever.
  • There are many similarities to the 1984 film Footloose, where a town has banned dancing. Noah the Elder, much like Reverend Shaw Moore, forbids the penguins from dancing because it would only bring about great "evil" - as Noah blames the food shortage on Mumble's dancing.

March of the Penguins is an Academy Award-winning documentary film by Luc Jacquet, co-produced by Bonne Pioche and the National Geographic Society. ... For other persons named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... Riverdance Promotional Poster Riverdance is a theatrical show consisting of traditional Irish step dancing, notable for its rapid leg movements while body and arms are kept largely stationary. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Life in the Freezer is a BBC nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the UK from 18 November 1993. ... Binomial name Spheniscus magellanicus (Forster, 1781) The Magellanic penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) is a South American penguin, breeding in coastal Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands, with some migrating to Brazil. ... Douglas Rain is a Canadian actor and narrator born in 1928 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ... HAL 9000 (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer) is a fictional character in Arthur C. Clarkes Space Odyssey saga. ... The word pastiche describes a literary or other artistic genre. ... This article is about the astronomical term. ... For other uses, see Universe (disambiguation). ... Elwyn Brooks White (July 11, 1899, Mount Vernon, New York – October 2, 1985, North Brooklin, Maine) was a leading American essayist, author, and literary stylist. ... The Trumpet of the Swan is a childrens novel by E.B. White published in 1970. ... Joseph Anthony Mantegna, Jr. ... Fire Bringer Fire Bringer is a young adult fantasy novel by David Clement Davies published in 1999 in the United Kingdom and 2000 in the United States. ... David Clement-Davies (1964–) is a British writer of fantasy fiction. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Herne is the name of a city in Germany and a municipality in Belgium: Herne, Germany Herne, Belgium Herne is also a village in Kent, England, near the town of Herne Bay Herne the Hunter has some similarities to Cernunnos (the Horned One). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Pebble and the Penguin is a musical animated film, produced and directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. ... Jonathan Livingston Seagull (ISBN 0-380-01286-3), written by Richard Bach, is a fable in novella form about a seagull learning about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection and self-sacrifice. ... Footloose is a 1984 movie that tells the story of Ren McCormick (played by Kevin Bacon), a teenager who was raised in Chicago. ...

Music

Happy Feet is a jukebox musical, taking previously recorded songs and working them into the film's soundtrack to fit with the mood of the scene or character. Two soundtrack albums were released for the film; one containing songs from and inspired by the film, and another featuring John Powell's instrumental score. They were released on October 31, 2006 and December 19, 2006, respectively. There are two soundtracks for the 2006 motion picture Happy Feet: Happy Feet (OST), the original lyrical soundtrack; Happy Feet (score), John Powells instrumental soundtrack Category: ... A jukebox musical is a musical that features a set of pre-existing hit songs of a mainstream artist as its musical score, and contextualizes the songs in a dramatic plot. ... For the geologist and U.S. explorer, see John Wesley Powell, for the Mayor of Toronto see John Powell (politician). ... is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Awards

Won

Academy Awards Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...

60th British Academy Film Awards The Academy Awards are the oldest awards given to achievements in film; the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was given the first time for the 2001 film year. ... 60th BAFTA Film Awards February 11, 2007 The 60th British Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts took place on 11 February 2007, and honoured the best films of 2006. ...

  • Best Animated Feature Film

Golden Globes The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

American Film Institute Awards 2006 For the main article see Golden Globe Awards. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... For another person sometimes known as The Artist, see Michael Haynes III. Prince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American musician. ... The AFI Awards 2006 honored the best 10 Movies and 10 Television Programs of the year. ...

  • Honored as one of the Top Ten Best Films of the Year

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) was founded in 1975. ...

  • Best Animation

New York Film Critics Circle Awards New York Film Critics Circle Awards are given annually to honor excellence in cinema worldwide by an organization of film reviewers from New York City-based publications. ...

  • Best Animated Film

Golden Trailer Awards[9]

  • Best Music

Heartland Awards

  • The Truly Moving Picture Award

Kids' Choice Awards This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

  • Best Animated Film

Nominations

Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

  • Best Animated Feature

Annie Awards The Annie Awards are given to actors for their work in voice-overs including those done in animated film, video games and other vocally-driven art. ...

  • Best Animated Feature
  • Best Writing in an Animated Feature Production

Satellite Awards The Satellite Awards are an annual award given by the International Press Academy. ...

  • Nominated for Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media

Home video

Happy Feet Fullscreen DVD disc

Happy Feet was released on March 27, 2007[10] in the United States in three formats; DVD (in separate widescreen and pan and scan editions), Blu-ray Disc, and an HD-DVD/DVD combo disc.[11] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 579 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (950 × 983 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 579 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (950 × 983 pixel, file size: 1. ... is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... The inner box (green) is the format used in most pre-1952 films and pre-widescreen television. ... A 2. ... A blank rewritable Blu-ray disc (a BD-RE) A Blu-ray Disc (also called BD) is a high-density optical disc format for the storage of digital information, including high-definition video. ... HD DVD or High-Definition DVD is a high-density optical disc format designed for the storage of data and high-definition video. ...


Among the DVD's special features is a scene that was cut from the film where Mumble meets a blue whale and an albatross. The albatross was Steve Irwin's first voice role in the film before he voiced the elephant seal in the final cut. The scene was finished and included on the DVD in memory of Steve Irwin. This scene is done in Steve's classic documentary style, with the albatross telling the viewer all about the other characters in the scene, and the impact people are having on their environment.


Video games

A video game based on the film was developed by A2M and published by Midway Games. It has the same main cast as the film. It was released for the following platforms: PC, PlayStation 2, GameCube, GBA, NDS, and Wii.[12] Screenshots and demo clips of the various versions of the Happy Feet game can be seen at the official website. Happy Feet is an action-adventure video game based on the movie of the same name, released in November 2006. ... A2M Home Page. ... Midway Games (NYSE: MWY) is an American video game publisher. ... “Windows” redirects here. ... “PS2” redirects here. ... The Nintendo GameCube , GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... The Game Boy Advance is a best-selling handheld. ... “NDS” redirects here. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth home video game console released by Nintendo. ...


Artificial Life, Inc. has also developed a Happy Feet mobile game for the Japan market.[13] Artificial Life, Inc. ...


Reception

Box office

Weekend Gross Rank Total
1 $41,533,432 1 $41,533,432
2 $37,038,046 1 $99,256,766
3 $17,545,418 1 $121,501,018
4 $12,904,413 2 $137,932,841
5 $8,358,421 4 $149,244,791
6 $5,163,474 8 $160,521,910
7 $7,650,181 9 $179,152,000
8 $4,004,462 13 $185,414,182

The film opened at number one in the United States on its first weekend of release (November 17-November 19) grossing $41.6M and beating Casino Royale for the top spot.[14] It remained number one for the Thanksgiving weekend, making $51.6 million over the five-day period. In total, the film was the top grosser for three weeks, a 2006 box office feat matched only by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. As of March 8, 2007, Happy Feet has grossed $194.9 million in the U.S. and $172.1 million overseas, making about $384 million dollars worldwide. The film has been released in about 35 international territories at the close of 2006.[15][16][17] 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Casino Royale (2006) is the 21st film in the James Bond series and the first to star Daniel Craig as MI6 agent James Bond. ... is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ...


The production budget was $100 million.[18]


Critical reviews

Happy Feet has received better than average reviews from film critics, and received a 75% "fresh" approval in the Rotten Tomatoes movie review aggregate site.[19] Film criticism is the analysis and evaluation of films, individually and collectively. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

  • Kirk Honeycutt said that Happy Feet "astonishes," it has brilliant choreography and orchestration, and is entertaining for younger viewers. Honeycutt also said that, "[George] Miller boldly reaches for spiritual themes," and "happily, it all works."[20]
  • Gene Seymour described Happy Feet as "a rich, absorbing story that isn't content to dazzle you with effects, but rouse your spirits." Seymour adds "nothing prepares you for its sweeping visual design and its conceptual energy."[21]
  • Lou Lumenick praised Happy Feet for its "stunning visuals," calling the film "inspired" and "uplifting." Lumenick further added that "It's Dumbo meets Footloose," and "Happy Feet is not only the year's best animated movie, it's one of the year's best movies, period. Go."[22]
  • Jordan Harper of The Village Voice was quoted as saying "If anything could tempt an adult to go see a dancing-penguin movie, it's the phrase 'from the guy who brought you Babe.' That movie got everything right about talking animals, but alas, George Miller does not live up to his earlier work here. Even the wee ones may start to notice something's amiss when the movie's theme goes from 'be yourself' to 'we must regulate the overfishing of the Antarctic oceans.' No, for real."[24]

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Environmental message

The movie contains a strong environmental message but much of the film consists of a fairly standard story of a misfit struggling to find acceptance, the film's denouement shows a group of researchers taking video of the colony of dancing emperor penguins, and the footage is broadcasted globally. This precipitates a resolution to stop commercial overfishing of the Antarctic. In addition, one sequence consists of the penguins encountering debris, such as plastic six-pack rings, floating in the sea; they wonder out loud, "[The humans] have got to be around here somewhere - why would they leave all this behind?" In another scene, Mumble is rescued from an urban coastline and brought to a marine park, where he slowly loses his mind within the glass confines of a penguin exhibit. The bird slips into despair; when he incidentally dances one day, he attracts a crowd of astounded people. This leads to Mumble's freedom and eventual return to Antarctica. There, he dances again, encouraging most of his colony to join him. The humans see this, and the message is made clear after long, heated arguments. × The Traffic Light colour convention, showing the concept of Harvest Control Rule (HCR), specifying when a rebuilding plan is mandatory in terms of precautionary and limit reference points for spawning biomass and fishing mortality rate. ...


During Mumble's life, the supply of fish is running low. Mumble is banished due to the elders' thinking that his dancing offends "The Great Gwinn," and that the offense is the cause of the food shortage but he eventually finds "aliens" (humans) using a large net to capture fish. In the exhibit, all the penguins are well-fed as witnessed when Mumble returns to Emperor Land. Among the arguments made by humans involve that they are "messing with their food chain". At first, the officials of the world refuse to do anything but after protests by people who saw the dancing penguins, they eventually declare "No Fishing" in Antarctica and eventually, everyone in Emperor Land (and everywhere else in Antarctica, possibly) is well-fed and the shortage is gone.


According to the director, George Miller, the environmental message was not a major part of the original script, but "In Australia, we're very, very aware of the ozone hole," he said, "and Antarctica is literally the canary in the coal mine for this stuff. So it sort of had to go in that direction." This influence lead to a film with a more environmental tone. Miller said, "You can't tell a story about Antarctica and the penguins without giving that dimension."[25]


See also

This is a list of animated feature-length films from around the world organised alphabetically under the year of release (the year during which the completed film was first released to the public). ... A computer-animated film commonly refers to feature films that have been computer-animated to appear three dimensional on a movie screen. ...

References

  1. ^ Happy Feet: The IMAX Experience. IMAX. Retrieved on 2007-03-15.
  2. ^ Happy Feet Won’t Debut in IMAX 3-D. VFXWorld. Retrieved on 2007-03-15.
  3. ^ Savion Glover. Happy Feet [DVD]. Warner Brothers.
  4. ^ Kelley Abbey. Happy Feet [DVD]. Warner Brothers.
  5. ^ UNSWorld (2007) 'Bring on the dancing penguins' in UNSWorld, Issue 6, May 2007, pp. 14-15
  6. ^ .http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Miller-May-Make-Happy-Feet-2-4349.html
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101357/
  8. ^ http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,19990883-16947,00.html
  9. ^ http://www.goldentrailer.com/gta7.html
  10. ^ http://videoeta.com/movie.html?via=form&id=78865
  11. ^ http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/432
  12. ^ http://www.midway.com/rxpage/Game_HappyFeet.html
  13. ^ Parthajit; "Happy Feet Goes Mobile"; Softpedia; April 24, 2007
  14. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/?yr=2006&wknd=46&p=.htm
  15. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=happyfeet.htm
  16. ^ http://www.imdb.com/chart/
  17. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/
  18. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=happyfeet.htm
  19. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/happy_feet/
  20. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/film/reviews/article_display.jsp?&rid=8229
  21. ^ http://www.newsday.com/features/printedition/ny-etmov24977684nov17,0,3326485.story
  22. ^ http://www.nypost.com/seven/11172006/entertainment/movies/ice_ice__baby__movies_lou_lumenick.htm
  23. ^ http://tvplex.go.com/buenavista/ebertandroeper/061120.html
  24. ^ http://www.villagevoice.com/film/0646,harper,75042,20.html
  25. ^ Kelly, Kate (2006-11-17). The New Animated Film 'Happy Feet' Doesn't Dance Around Serious Issues. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved on 2007-03-15.

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Happy Feet is an Australian-produced computer-animated film, directed by George Miller.
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