Happy Feet Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Toe-tapping is frowned upon in the waddle of penguins where Mumble (voice by Elijah Wood) lives. (Despite the fact it seems like a good way to stay warm in the frigid cold of Antarctica.) Instead these flightless birds “sing” to attract the opposite sex.
Yet from the day the fluffy, little Mumble hatches out of his shell, he’s in trouble. Although he can shuffle and step-ball-change better than anyone else, the boy can’t sing a note. And not only is his apparent impediment embarrassing to his parents (voices by Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman), it also troubles the conformist penguin leaders who fear Mumble’s unconventional actions are behind the lack of fish that is threatening the survival of the colony.
Like so many coming of age stories, Mumble leaves home, in this case to find the reason the fish have fled from the waters surrounding the ice floe. Accompanying him is a band of little penguins from another part of the island who take him to their leader, Lovelace (voice by Robin Williams), for advice about the aliens that supposedly live on the forbidden shore of the island.
While young audiences may initially be engaged by the cute antics of baby Mumble (voice by Elizabeth Daily), the music and choreography looks more like something from MTV than a children’s musical. Some moments of peril may also be disturbing when Mumble finds himself on the lunch menu for a savage looking seal and a couple of hungry orca whales.
With a strong environmental theme, this combination of animation and real life actors is a fictitious look at those intriguing birds that make their home at the bottom of the earth. But for kids eager to see this two-stepping extravaganza, the film has a hard time focusing on one plot line. Instead the script detours into grownup dance numbers and side trips down ecological issues in a way that leaves the charm of Happy Feet sitting on the sideline.Starring Elijah Wood, Robin Wiliams. Running time: 109 minutes. Theatrical release November 16, 2006. Updated July 17, 2017
Rating & Content Info
Why is Happy Feet rated PG? Happy Feet is rated PG by the MPAA for some mild peril and rude humor.
Mumble’s life on the island is full of natural dangers from predators, winter storms and the lack of food. On at least three occasions, Mumble finds himself on the dining table. The script also includes some mild sexual comments and name calling.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
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The most recent home video release of Happy Feet movie is March 27, 2007. Here are some details…
Happy Feet dances onto DVD in a variety of formats. You can choose from widescreen, full screen, Blu-ray or the HD DVD and Standard DVD combo presentations. All of the editions also offer two new fully animated sequences (Mumble Meets a Blue Whale and A Happy Feet Moment), private dance lesson with Savion Glover, two music videos (Gia’s Hit Me Up and Prince’s The Song of the Heart), plus the classic cartoon I Love to Singa. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX) and French (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), with subtitles in English, Spanish and French.
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Toe-tapping penguins team up with actor Dick Van Dyke for an animated musical number in Mary Poppins. A perky little porker doesn’t quite fit into the mold of an average farmyard pig in the movie Babe. The award-winning documentary, March of the Penguins, looks at the arduous annual journey of the Emperor Penguins across the snow packed plains of Antarctica.