Happy Feet (2006)

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Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75% IMDB Rating: 6.5
AMR Rating: Absolutely Worth Watching!

Synopsis: Most penguins sing, but Mumble dances. After being captured and released, he manages to change the world.

Review: Another “be different” film, but wonderful anyway. The plot is intense and draws you in. You cheer Mumble on the whole way, as he leaves his homeland and is captured by us. A bonus is that this film is environmental, and carries a “Save the Penguins” message. You can really feel for the penguins_ hurt, left out. The movie, as many animated movies do, provides great perspective. The little hilarious scenes and adventures come together to form a larger story with many layers_ the romance, the adventure. Yet overall, nothing will stun you. In the end, you watch and realize that Happy Feet is still a film with some obvious lessons.

The icy land, the large scale scenery is beautiful. The angles are also great, as with the seal. You feel like you are with the penguins by the way the film is “shot.” The characters are well-designed. Look at those adorable little penguins! The songs are also well chosen. When I look at each penguin, I can imagine the type of song it would sing.

A beautiful movie with many lessons, Happy Feet is Absolutely Worth Watching!

Background: Miller cites as an initial inspiration for the film an encounter with a grizzled old camera-man, whose father was Frank Hurley of the Shackleton expeditions, during the shooting of Mad Max 2. The movie is the first animated film produced by Kennedy Miller in association with visual effects/design company Animal Logic. Though primarily an animated film, Happy Feet does incorporate motion capture of live action humans in certain scenes. Happy Feet won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film, and was nominated for the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature and the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film. (Source)


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