Happy Feet

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6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 275 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. In the year of the animated movie, this one soars above them all.
  2. 91
    It's a gorgeously rendered marvel that pulls out all the stops to wow its viewers, but in spite of its crowd-pleasing ploys, it holds onto its integrity with a smart and surprisingly deep story.
  3. 88
    In a year rich with animation options, Happy Feet stands head and shoulders above its competition.
  4. A moderately adorable, musically wacky, ecologically activist CG family comedy.
  5. Don't little ones have enough to worry about without ecological concerns popping up in family entertainment? Happy Feet should have stayed light on its feet.
  6. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    70
    The essence of this inventive though erratic animated feature is joyous music and eye-popping motion.
  7. Let's just say this is a perfect film for penguin lovers who also are devoted members of the Green party - and leave it at that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 113
  2. Negative: 46 out of 113
  1. Sep 5, 2014
    10
    Words cannot describe my love of this film. Boasting an entertaining story and unbelievably realistic animation, Happy Feet qualifies as oneWords cannot describe my love of this film. Boasting an entertaining story and unbelievably realistic animation, Happy Feet qualifies as one of the most entertaining animated films I've ever had the pleasure of watching. It's a very heartfelt movie with a theme that blends quite nicely with the amazing story and memorable characters. I would give this film a 20, but unfortunately, the rating only goes up to 10. Expand
  2. JessieH
    Dec 7, 2006
    10
    Unfortunately, for all of you who believe that this is a
  3. Jan 19, 2016
    8
    There's nothing you can hate about this film. If you want something to hate on, look for my 0's. It's no wonder opinions are forever opinionsThere's nothing you can hate about this film. If you want something to hate on, look for my 0's. It's no wonder opinions are forever opinions and no opinion can be a fact ever. Happy Feet is a decent musical that actually works. Expand
  4. DanielC.
    Jan 2, 2007
    6
    This movie falls into the okay fare but wouldn't watch it again catergory. It's story is reasonable but with many flaws. Number This movie falls into the okay fare but wouldn't watch it again catergory. It's story is reasonable but with many flaws. Number one, the racial sterotyping. Doesn't work. Number two, it's too long for kids, and not funny, and rather scary. Number three and this is a the big one, the whole plot of ecological action is rushed. The movie skipped from the penguins saying how horrible it is that our fish is taken to lets stop fishing in about two seconds, the ending of this film seemed rushed and tacked on. I'm all for telling the story about how we butcher our planet as I'm a bleeding heart liberal myself, but this is the wrong place and the wrong people. You don't try and preach environmental notions to 7 year olds, they won't get it. Far better to pitch it in another movie designed for elder viewers. This movie should have been for kids, but it wasn't. Oh well. Expand
  5. SegumiO.
    Dec 8, 2006
    3
    I actually regretted taking my 5 and 4 year-olds to see this movie. There were several things I found rather disturbing about this movie. It I actually regretted taking my 5 and 4 year-olds to see this movie. There were several things I found rather disturbing about this movie. It had way too much sexual innuendos for a "kids movie". I was glad my kids were not old enough to fully understand what was going on. There is a scene where a guru-like penguin named "Lovelace" retires to his quarters with a harem of females to... uh, read (I hope). I was also disturbed by the racial stereotyping. I would like to give the benefit of doubt to the producers and think that they were trying to show different ethnic groups tolerating each other and getting along in harmony. But it just doesn't work in this movie. By having the shorter, less serious characters speak Spanish, this film actually does more injustice than good for the Hispanics. Many kids in that theater, including my own, were terrified when the sea lion and killer whales were chasing after Mumble in scenes reminiscent of Jaws. Sometimes being too realistic is not the best in a kids' movie, especially when the characters are trying to kill another. These could have been done in a much less horrifying manner (e.g. Shrek, Nemo). Seeing baby Mumble dance was cute for a while, but it gets tiring very quickly. Over half hour of singing and dancing scenes were a real challenge to sit through. The political statement they are trying to make is very poorly presented. World leaders agreeing to ban commercial fishing in Antarctica only after seeing the penguins dance?!? I still don't get the connection. Are they suggesting that only because of this neat trick the species can perform, they deserve to be conseved? Are they not worth saving otherwise? Do yourself a huge favor. Use the money to see another movie. Expand
  6. JaredC.
    Sep 9, 2007
    1
    I tried to laugh, but the giggles never came. Then I started to frown, to much sensual comments of course.
  7. RussellL-H
    Nov 28, 2006
    0
    Yuk. My children fell asleep in this overly long, overly preachy, confusing mess of a movie. It couldn't decide what it wanted to be or Yuk. My children fell asleep in this overly long, overly preachy, confusing mess of a movie. It couldn't decide what it wanted to be or what it wanted to say. Don't go! Expand

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