Excerpt: It’s taken me a little while to accept, but I now fully support the Academy for making “Best Animated Film” a bona fide Oscar category. Yes, I’m sure that’s the endorsement that they were all waiting for, right? In recent years, animated films have become big budget and, well, a lot more interesting than animated films of the past.
Conclusion: Happy Feet is a film that should leave most filmgoers, well, happy, with at least a portion of what the movie has to offer. Political overtones aside, the film does offer some good life lessons about the importance of acceptance and character, and living the life you feel you're meant to live, utilizing your own unique talents. The movie also features first-rate animation, oftentimes leaving viewers breathless with just how good it looks.
Conclusion: I'm at a loss for how to rate Happy Feet in the final analysis. If you're a parent, you probably have no choice but to buy a copy no matter what I say here. It's certainly an unusual movie, and many children seem to enjoy it (though to be fair, many others complain of finding it "boring"). As an adult, if you think about it too much the movie may drive you crazy.
Conclusion: 'Happy Feet' is a truly adorable movie. Despite the controversy surrounding the film's eco-friendly message, I found it to be an inspirational story about individuality first and foremost, not a polemic. It also boasts outstanding animation and top voice talent. Warner has certainly delivered a Blu-ray release with fantastic video quality -- that alone should make it a must-purchase for most.
Excerpt: Rarely has a film's opening been so fortuitously timed as Happy Feet. This computer-animated comedy about penguins arrives in the wake of Madagascar, a computer-animated comedy which was stolen by penguins and, of course, March Of The Penguins, the smash hit documentary about the flightless birds. Penguins are big right now (well, they are adorable!) and family audiences are surely primed to see a penguin comedy.
Excerpt: From the trailers you might think Happy Feet is a rather silly kids' movie about happy little penguins dancing and singing. It's not. Happy Feet is a true epic. It's Lord of the Rings with flippers. Star Wars with fish. The Lion King with flightless birds instead of predators. A few early reviews from more politically charged writers have rather bizarrely started labeling it as liberal propaganda, but the politically motivated out there are always looking for a reason to...
Excerpt: In a year so packed with CGI features about cuddly animals that kids might as well just move into their local theaters, there's no reason to think that Happy Feet might prove exceptional. Given how strongly it follows kid-film convention, with its bouncy musical numbers, adorably merchandisable characters, and excessive Robin Williams shtick, it actually looks exceptionally avoidable. But like an iceberg, it has more below the surface than above.
Excerpt: The 'penguins dancing' concept relies heavily on gimic, and so due credit should be given to the CGI wizards behind this flick. After a slow start, the laughs come fast once Humble begins his journey with his Latin companions. By the end, you won't be able to stop tapping your feet.