Excerpt: It’s practically a law at this point – all animated movies (with the exception of dreck like
) must get a video game tie-in. Animated movies appeal to children…children play video games…parents and aunts/uncles need easy presents…and there you have it. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, but they almost always guarantee a nice profit margin for the publisher.
Excerpt: Born into a nation of mighty Emperor Penguins, the tiny Mumble seemed just like any other penguin at birth. However, his father accidentally dropped him during incubation, and as a result Mumble isn’t like the rest of his species. All of the other penguins can sing a Heartsong to attract a mate, but unfortunately our hero can’t sing to save his life. Mumble’s dancing ways are frowned upon by the rest of society so he doesn’t fit in at all.
Excerpt: Happy Feet, the animated motion picture starring Robin Williams, is now a video game of the same name. It's one of Midway's four launch titles for Nintendo's new home console, the Wii. Three of the four are licensed children properties though, and the other, Rampage, is essentially a port of a $20 GCN game that is being asked for $30. If you are a parent looking for a safe game that your young child can play, Happy Feet is a nice pick.