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Rated PG · 108 minutes · 2006

Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Musical
A cute cartoon clashes with what seems to be an angry environmentalist’s last hope of persecuting The Man in this computer-generated mishmash by director/co-writer George Miller. Initially, the film provides warmth and ear-to-ear smiles as an emperor penguin colony sings and dances to various contemporary hits from Queen to the Beach Boys. As tone-deaf Mumble (voiced by Elijah Wood) desperately searches for his “heart song” and later releases his inner Savion Glover (who helped choreograph the fast footwork) as a musical alternative, the Warner Bros. production will captivate the entire audience. Energetic, fast-talking Mexican-accented penguins and an evangelical penguin on his mountain of pebbles contribute to the charm, thanks to Robin Williams’ vocal duties. Yet the third act, an in-your-face commentary on the inhumane nature of zoos and the fishing industry, is forced upon unsuspecting viewers. Because of the inappropriate ending, Happy Feet is a disappointing feat.
Official Site: www2.warnerbros.com/happyfeet
Director: George Miller
Writer: Warren Coleman and John Collee
Producer: George Miller and Doug Mitchell
Cast: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, Anthony LaPaglia, E.G. Daily, Magda Szubanski, Miriam Margolyes, Carlos Alazraqui, Michael Cornacchia, Steve Irwin, Jeff Garcia, Lombardo Boyar and Johnny Sanchez

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