Happy Feet

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(out of 5)


Cutting loose while wearing a tuxedo:  is there anything more adorably cool in the animal kingdom than a penguin? In this film by George Miller, the master behind such diverse works as The Witches Of Eastwick, Lorenzo’s Oil and, of course, the classic beast-flick Babe, a colony of Emperor Penguins live in Antarctica and go about their daily lives with a song perpetually in their hearts and on their lips.  Every penguin must develop its heartsong in order to find its soulmate, but when Mumble () is born a little bit different, the whole colony goes into disarray. Mumble is developing a bit slowly, a tiny bit soft in the head and completely unable to sing a note. On the upside, he is one hell of a dancer, and it is this particular talent that gets him rejected from his community, but eventually helps him save the world. A typical tale of the outsider succeeding against the odds is overcome with superb animation, delightful characterizations and a toe-tapping soundtrack that hardly allows the wonderful singing and dancing to stop for more than a few minutes at a time. Celebrity voicework includes , ,  (singing beautifully),  (in three characters) and , while Mumble’s fancy footwork is performed (through the magic of motion-capture computer-generated imagery ) by Broadway dancer Savion Glover.


Australia/USA, 2006

Directed by

Screenplay by George Miller, , ,

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by ,


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Academy Award
Best Animated Feature Film (George Miller)

Golden Globe Award
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“The Song of the Heart”, music and lyrics by Prince)

Nomination
Best Animated Feature Film

New York Film Critics Award
Best Animated Film

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Animation (George Miller, Warren Coleman, Judy Morris)

British Academy Award
Best Animated Film

Nomination
Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

Toronto Film Critics Award
Best Animated Feature


HappyFeet

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