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Happy Feet (2006)

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Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Alazraqui ... Nestor (voice)
Lombardo Boyar ... Raul (voice)
Jeffrey Garcia ... Rinaldo (voice) (as Jeff Garcia)
Johnny A. Sanchez ... Lombardo (voice) (as Johnny Sanchez III)
Robin Williams ... Ramon / Lovelace (voice)
Elijah Wood ... Mumble (voice)
Brittany Murphy ... Gloria (voice)
Hugh Jackman ... Memphis (voice)
Nicole Kidman ... Norma Jean (voice)
Hugo Weaving ... Noah the Elder (voice)
Elizabeth Daily ... Baby Mumble (voice) (as E.G. Daily)
Magda Szubanski ... Miss Viola (voice)
Miriam Margolyes ... Mrs. Astrakhan (voice)
Fat Joe ... Seymour (voice)
Alyssa Shafer ... Baby Gloria (voice)
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Storyline

This is the story of a little penguin named Mumble who has a terrible singing voice and later discovers he has no Heartsong. However, Mumble has an astute talent for something that none of the penguins had ever seen before: tap dancing. Though Mumble's mom, Norma Jean, thinks this little habit is cute, his dad, Memphis, says it "just ain't penguin." Besides, they both know that, without a Heartsong, Mumble may never find true love. As fate would have it, his one friend, Gloria, happens to be the best singer around. Mumble and Gloria have a connection from the moment they hatch, but she struggles with his strange "hippity- hoppity" ways. Mumble is just too different--especially for Noah the Elder, the stern leader of Emperor Land, who ultimately casts him out of the community. Away from home for the first time, Mumble meets a posse of decidedly un-Emperor-like penguins--the Adelie Amigos. Led by Ramon, the Adelies instantly embrace Mumble's cool dance moves and invite him to party with... Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

The only film that has people dancing in the aisles See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild peril and rude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Feet: The IMAX Experience See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,533,432, 19 November 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$198,000,317, 10 May 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$384,335,608, 10 May 2007
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33.1 (dvd)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Mumble features a faded dark spot directly under his neck in the shape of a bow tie. This was added to make Mumble's appearance more like a white tuxedo. This is both to emphasize the Fred Astaire resemblance and is also a play on "penguin suit", a slang term for a black tuxedo. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Mumble is born, Memphis says "woah" a little bit before Mumble's foot actually comes out of the egg. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Penguin #1: [singing] Once there was a way to get back homeward.
Penguin #2: [singing] Are the stars out tonight?
Penguin #1: [singing] Once there was a way to get back home.
Penguin #2: [singing] I only have eyes for you.
Penguin #1: [singing] Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry.
Penguin #2: [singing] For you.
Penguin #1: [singing] And I will sing a lullaby.
Penguin #3: [singing] With a song in my heart.
Penguin #4: [singing] So tell me / Tell me something good / Yeah, yeah, yeah / Tell me that you love me. / Tell me, baby. / Tell me something good.
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Crazy Credits

Mumble, Gloria, Memphis, Norma Jean, Noah, Ramón, Lovelace, Mrs. Astrakhan and a baby penguin can be seen tap dancing under the credits while Song of the Heart by Prince is playing. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin/Christina Aguilera (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Otchi Tchor Ni Ya
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Performed by Judy Morris
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Impressive, Expressive and Delightful for all ages
18 November 2006 | by crowhawk60See all my reviews

Rarely do I enjoy animated films these days: I find the animation (mostly computer generated) to be colorful but banal, and the action angles are selected by the programmer's eye, not the way a natural observer would have seen the shot (like we saw in classic cell animation of years past). "Happy Feet" is different. The combination of rotoscoping (now advanced motion capture), intense attention to detail and organic POV make this film extraordinarily enjoyable to watch. The sound quality was top-notch, and the music loads of fun for anyone with a pulse. The character voices from Robin Williams, Elijah Wood, Hugh Jackman, and others was perfectly matched to their characterizations. Savion Glover's performance as Mumble's ecstatic feet was not only good as a an animated fanciful Emperor Penguin, but also valid as a fine, skilled tap dancer; one of the finest. The continuity was good, impressive editing, and the message clear: celebrate our differences, adapt to change when necessary, and don't be afraid to take on challenges, even when they seems insurmountable. That's a great message for anyone at any age.


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