Happy Feet is one of the best penguin movies to come out of the mid-2000’s. One of the most weirdly specific crazes was the penguin craze. From March of the Penguins to Madagascar, there was no escaping penguins at the time. Among the most acclaimed was Happy Feet. An animated movie about a tap dancing penguin that managed to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Making it the first non-Disney movie since Shrek to beat Pixar (then again, Cars wasn’t much competition). Happy Feet was a true phenomenon at the time. If he didn’t already direct Babe: Pig in the City, I would also find it strange that Happy Feet was directed by Mad Max director George Miller. Enlisting the voice talents of Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, and the late Robin Williams and Brittany Murphy. Happy Feet is set in the snowy tundra of Antarctica. Where emperor penguins have to perform a “heartsong” in order to attract a mate. By using a variety of well known pop songs. When Mumble’s father accidentally drops him on the egg, it gives him an inability to sing. Instead Mumble dances using his happy feet. It makes him an outcast, but with the help of some rockhopper penguins, Mumble can bring the fish back to his colony. Oh yeah, this is a mid-2000’s movie. So expect an interjected environmental message. Regardless, Happy Feet is a beautifully animated groovy flick that kept the love for penguins alive.
Followed by: Happy Feet Two