Happy Feet

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By: The Dweeb

 

March 2007

DVD Features

Video: 2.40:1 Audio: Dolby Digital EX 5.1, SPANISH: Dolby Digital EX 5.1, FRENCH: Dolby Digital EX 5.1

Enjoy Two New Fully Animated Additional Sequences:
Mumble Meets A Blue Whale and A Happy Feet Moment
Take a Private Dance Lesson with Savion Glover Where You’ll
Dance Like a Penguin: Stomp to the Beat
Two Awesome Music Videos:
Gia’s “Hit Me Up” and Prince’s “The Song of the Heart”
Classic Cartoon I Love to Singa

Theatrical release: 11/17/2006
DVD released on 3/27/2007 by Warner Bros.
Running time of 109  minutes

Starring: Elijah Wood, Anthony LaPaglia, Nicole Kidman, Brittany Murphy, Magda Szubanski, Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman, Hugo Weaving, Steve Irwin

Director: George Miller

Plot:Emperor penguins are born to sing. All except young Mumble, who was born to dance… tap dance. Such un-penguin-like behavior eventually gets Mumble kicked out of Emperor Land and into the big, cold world. Joined by his Adelie Amigos and an all-knowing Rockhopper penguin named Lovelace, Mumble embarks on an epic journey and ultimately proves that by being true to yourself, you can make all the difference in the world!

 

 

So after a mega successful hit about penguins marching, Warner execs decide to capitalize on this by creating a CGI animated musical film about, you guessed it, penguins. Hire the usual all star cast for the voices? Check. Lots of hip hop music and make them dance? Check. Give some characters an unexplainable Hispanic flavor? Check. Have some cute furry baby animals? Check. Add in some veiled banal statement about global warming? Check. They must have sat around the conference room throwing whatever elements together, never mind how it will turn out this will be a hit! Kids will love it! Plot? What’s that? Who needs one of those, we have Robin Williams!

I watched this movie together with my 3 year old, naturally he was mesmerized. I was creeped out. I’m sorry, but watching a bunch of penguins walk and talk with human like movement was disturbing to me. And what was the point of this movie? There was no point! If I want to watch Frodo, err I mean Mumbles (Elijah Wood) go on some kind of character changing epic journey to find himself I’ll just throw in Lord Of the Rings. Come on people! And if I see one more animated film where they let Robin Williams out of his cage and go crazy for two hours I’ve had it! Seriously people, we need fresh ideas here, something new. This was not cute, Cars is cute, but not this. By the way its not entirely small kid safe as the scene with the seal chasing them around was a tad too scary, at least for Dweeb Jr.

Can you tell I didn’t really like the film? Seriously how was this movie better than Cars? Granted Cars is one of the weaker Pixar entries, but I’ll take that movie over Feet anytime. Unfortunately the talking animals beat out the talking cars as usual. Was it because at the end they tacked on this bizarre sequence of live action shoving the message down our throats that people are bad, global warming bla bla bla. We know that already, and its a bit hypocritical of the film makers themselves. How much pollution was directly created by the making of this film? So maybe the Academy were guilted into voting this flick in. Whatever. Was that too harsh? Nah.

Technical aspects of this DVD are of course superb. Since it is CGI, the transfer is flawless and the sound is crisp and clear naturally. Included on this DVD is a nice assortment of extras from an interactive portion to music videos, trailers and even a tap dancing lesson. I’m not sure why, but they also included a really old Warner Bros Cartoon short just like on March Of the Penguins. Singing Owls? OK then. There is also a completed sequence with Steve Irwin (couldn’t tell he was a walrus in the final movie) as a seagull. Too bad it was not included in the final cut, would have improved the story a bit.

OK so documentaries about real penguins is good. Animated tap dancing and singing penguins is creepy. The kids will love it anyway.

Reviewer’s Opinion: BORROW IT!!

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