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  • Director: George Miller
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Music, Animation, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 108 min
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  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. An animated film that challenges preconceptions about the genre and foregoes the usual romance/adventure structure.
  4. 75
    Happy Feet ends on an upbeat note with singing and dancing, but the weaknesses that precede it deflate the euphoria.
  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. Reviewed by: Mark Bell
    70
    Overall, however, for a children's film, it hits all the major notes. Keep it musical, keep it lively, keep it cute and, you know, if you can, slip in a moral.
  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: 56 out of 109
  2. Negative: 45 out of 109
  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 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. Rev.R.
    Dec 11, 2006
    10
    Yes, this movie is an overtly pro-environment film. Some have even extracted from its message a secondary message that is treated with equal relevance: a request that we practice tolerance toward those who are different. If they are accused of "extracting" this message as an aside, then the charge is akin to a dentist spotting a broken molar and saying, "It's no big deal. I'll get to it when I first rid your mouth of pollutants with a good cleaning." Miller makes this a major issue in the flim. As a clergyperson I acknowledge that the dynamics that operate within and define a faith-based community are portrayed as the birth-mother of intolerance. The scene in the movie portraying a destructive community that exercised no care for Sir Elton John's Circle of LIfe even employs the image of a church standing high above the remains of the apathetic community. Is it a fair critique? Herein lies the value of such films: it operates on the assumption that we are intelligent, thinking people who can take criticism and determine its truthfulness and validity. Along with the large number of people in faith-based communities who feel no threat from beliefs that challenge our own, I welcome the challenge. For all who believe the enviornment is the type of issue that addresses the ability of the children in the theater to survive; and, that tolerance for those who tell us "I wish I could change but I cannot" is also important for our survival as humans who intentionally nurture and value the spiritual resource of compassion. Miller refuses to let us bury our heads in the sand (or snow). Now, while I am wrestling with the political and faith-based assertions regarding human destiny, the film presented my 3 year old granddaughter with a simple, entertaining story that is, on her level, a new twist on the "ugle ducking. Thank you George Miller for "layering" this movie for young and old, people of faith and those struggling with doubt, and people who embrace this opportunity to revisit their political views. And George, thank you for one heck of a soundtrack! I can understand (no, I can try to understand) why some will devalue this move for not going far enough, or for going too far in a chldren's movie, etc. However, throw down the gauntlet related to my beliefs, entertain my granddaughter, and fill my ears with a soundtrack fusing some of the best samplings of every genre of rock/pop/ dance and hiphop, (utilizing them in just the right places) and I'll give you a 10 because I really believe it is worth it! Maybe this Christmas we can learn to dance! Expand
  3. ThomasM.
    Nov 30, 2006
    9
    The first 20 minutes or so play out like an overblown Coca-Cola commercial in winter, with penguins showing off their vocals and main penguin Mumble starting to get his dance on. Once he meets the greatly entertaining Adelai penguins (including a surprisingly non-annoying Robin Williams), the story kicks into high gear and doesn't go back. The action is kept suspenseful with smart cuts and editing, and the penguin cast is alive in both CGI and wit. Concerning the eco-friendly message: I didn't feel there was anything harsh or unreasonable about the movie's Green message. Is it wrong to tell children that overfishing penguins' food harms their survival? It's a rather safe position. Expand
  4. LuisG.
    Nov 25, 2006
    6
    Wondering when talkin animals with finally hit bottom there I was watching HAPPY FEET is visually stunning a bit too long, preachy but then I think it's needed , my younger brother loved it. Nice themes--self worth, independance and being resilient.--Happy Feet kept it cool . Expand
  5. Jun 23, 2014
    3
    Happy Feet is a repetitive, annoying kids movie with a diluted message and one of Robin Williams' career worst (second to Jumanji). And if you are an adult watching this movie, I feel your pain. 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 what it wanted to say. Don't go! Expand

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