Happy Feet Movie Review

Written and directed by George Miller, Happy Feet- an animated musical with dancing penguins-was a pleasure to watch but didn't quite live up to its hype.

George Miller directed one of the most timeless animated films in American history- Babe. While Happy Feet featured the big name celebrity voices of Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and even the late Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter) there was still something missing overall that kept this film from being as captivating as Babe.

The film was by no means a let down, however. Through the magic of cinema the sensational dancing styles of Savion Glover have somehow manifest them self in the form of a tap-dancing penguin- a very original idea for an animated movie. In this well animated film, every penguin is born with the ability to sing the heart song and those who don't have this talent, 'don't belong'.

Mumble (Elijah Wood), the film's leading penguin, is born without a song and, instead, has the remarkable ability to tap dance. However, despite his talent, the other penguins never warm up to Mumble's gift and he becomes an outcast from the rest of the community. Yet, like any little penguin, Mumble just wants to fit in, find friends and, of course, find love. In Happy Feet, love takes on the form of the beautiful songstress and fellow heroine penguin- Gloria (Brittany Murphy).

Elijah Wood and Robin Williams in the studio

This movie had several big dance numbers that were impressive at first but needed more originality as they progressed during the film. Visually, there was a lot to enjoy with swell movie magic tricks. The CGI effects showed the details even down to the penguins' feathers and the underwater chase scene was both beautiful and exciting.

In all, however, the movie seems to lack cohesion. The 'Chicano' penguins who attempt to help our hero Mumble were completely stereotypical in their accents and behaviors. The film was still enjoyable, but it goes without saying that Miller was simply not able to live up to the warmth and love he generated in Babe.

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