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Happy Feet (2006)

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Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Alazraqui ... Nestor (voice)
Lombardo Boyar ... Raul (voice)
Jeffrey Garcia ... Rinaldo (voice) (as Jeff Garcia)
Johnny A. Sanchez ... Lombardo (voice) (as Johnny Sanchez III)
Robin Williams ... Ramon / Lovelace (voice)
Elijah Wood ... Mumble (voice)
Brittany Murphy ... Gloria (voice)
Hugh Jackman ... Memphis (voice)
Nicole Kidman ... Norma Jean (voice)
Hugo Weaving ... Noah the Elder (voice)
Elizabeth Daily ... Baby Mumble (voice) (as E.G. Daily)
Magda Szubanski ... Miss Viola (voice)
Miriam Margolyes ... Mrs. Astrakhan (voice)
Fat Joe ... Seymour (voice)
Alyssa Shafer ... Baby Gloria (voice)
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Storyline

This is the story of a little penguin named Mumble who 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. Though Mumble's mom, Norma Jean, thinks this little habit is cute, his dad, Memphis, says it "just ain't penguin." Besides, they both know that, without a Heartsong, Mumble may never find true love. As fate would have it, his one friend, Gloria, happens to be the best singer around. Mumble and Gloria have a connection from the moment they hatch, but she struggles with his strange "hippity- hoppity" ways. Mumble is just too different--especially for Noah the Elder, the stern leader of Emperor Land, who ultimately casts him out of the community. Away from home for the first time, Mumble meets a posse of decidedly un-Emperor-like penguins--the Adelie Amigos. Led by Ramon, the Adelies instantly embrace Mumble's cool dance moves and invite him to party with... Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

The only film that has people dancing in the aisles See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild peril and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Feet: The IMAX Experience See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,533,432, 19 November 2006

Gross USA:

$198,000,317

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$384,335,608
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33.1 (dvd)
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Trivia

So You Think You Can Dance Australia judge, Matt Lee, was the motion capture principle for Mumble in the film. He went on to play Bert in Cameron Mackintosh's production of Mary Poppins which, does not feature dancing penguins as in the film. See more »

Goofs

While Baby Mumble is with the Skuas, a small black bow can be seen on Mumble's chest. However, when Mumble falls into the crack in the ice, the bow disappears. When the birds fly away, Mumble rolls to the side and begins to cry, with his bow visible again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Penguin #1: [singing] Once there was a way to get back homeward.
Penguin #2: [singing] Are the stars out tonight?
Penguin #1: [singing] Once there was a way to get back home.
Penguin #2: [singing] I only have eyes for you.
Penguin #1: [singing] Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry.
Penguin #2: [singing] For you.
Penguin #1: [singing] And I will sing a lullaby.
Penguin #3: [singing] With a song in my heart.
Penguin #4: [singing] So tell me / Tell me something good / Yeah, yeah, yeah / Tell me that you love me. / Tell me, baby. / Tell me something good.
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If You Leave Me Now
Written by Peter Cetera
Licensed by BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd
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Bad Vocals But Happy Feet
13 January 2009 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Happy Feet' is a delightfully cheerful little movie about an emperor penguin who has an unappreciated gift of tap dancing and his inability to sing causes others to look down upon him. While the penguins suffer from food shortage, he aims to rescue the fish that serves as their daily meal. The animation is excellent. Very few such CGI animated films have looked so real to me but in 'Happy Feet' it is almost hard to tell. The characters are fun (though a little out of place and unnecessary at times). The voice-casting is great with Robin Williams and the Hispanic adelaides stealing the show. Nicole Kidman lends her beautiful voice as the loving mother while Hugh Jackman's dad character is a little clichéd. Elijah Wood and Brittany Murphy are annoying but you get used to it. The story could have been better developed as there are a few plot holes now and then and the ending is a little too optimistic, too unrealistic and too abrupt. 'Happy Feet' is meant to be a family film but it could have been a stronger movie and at the same time remains enjoyable to the family had the story been given a little more focus. There are a range of songs, most of which are popular numbers. Even though the visualizations were fun to watch, they were at times distracting and deviating from the main plot. Yet, 'Happy Feet' was still an entertaining flick and it had that adventurous feel. There was not one boring moment and the viewers wonder how Mumble will rescue the fish from being stolen (I just wished that the conclusion was done differently).


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