Happy Feet

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2

Content: +3

Voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Anthony LaPaglia.The film also features the tap dancing of Savion Glover. Directed by Geoge Miller. Written by John Collee, Judy Morris and Warren Coleman. The music is composed by John Powell, and the soundtrack also includes songs performed by Prince, Yolanda Adams, Fantasia Barrino, Gia Farrell, Chrissie Hynde, Patti LaBelle, k.d. lang, Jason Mraz, and Pink.

FILM SYNOPSIS: In the great nation of Emperor Penguins, deep in Antarctica, youre nobody unless you can singwhich is unfortunate for Mumble (ELIJAH WOOD), who is the worst singer in the world.He is born dancing to his own tunetap dancing. Though Mumbles mom, Norma Jean (NICOLE KIDMAN), thinks this little habit is cute, his dad, Memphis (HUGH JACKMAN), says it just aint penguin.Besides, they both know that without a Heartsong, Mumble may never find true love. As fate would have it, his one friend, Gloria (BRITTANY MURPHY), 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 differentespecially for Noah the Elder (HUGO WEAVING), 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 penguinsthe Adelie Amigos.Led by Ramon (ROBIN WILLIAMS), the Adelies instantly embrace Mumbles cool dance moves and invite him to party with them.

In Adelie Land, Mumble seeks the counsel of Lovelace the Guru (also voiced by ROBIN WILLIAMS), a crazy-feathered Rockhopper penguin who will answer any of lifes questions for the price of a pebble. Together with Lovelace and the Amigos, Mumble sets out across vast landscapes and, after some epic encounters, proves that by being true to yourself, you can make all the difference in the world.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Absolutely incredible animation, with an engrossing ugly duckling story and a superb musical score, Happy Feet will do just that give you happy feet. But beware this is not a film for under-5s. They become bored and even frightened at some of the perilous adventures. That means they keep asking to go home or start crying. I know, I saw examples of this uneasiness at the press screening. The theater was full of people and their children. One child sitting two seats down from me moved to the groove when the musical numbers began, but was not happy with being there the rest of the time. This became somewhat of a problem for those of us trying to review the movie.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Warner Bros.

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Crude Language: A couple of mild flatulence jokes, but mostly the writers take the upper road.

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: There are several perilous situations that frightened some of the littlest children at the press screening. Perhaps the most unsettling is the sequence where a huge, evil-looking seal chases Mumble throughout the icy water. Another scene has predatory birds about to eat Mumble.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: A song contains a line about what it takes to turn me on, but that song is about love.

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 86 minutes
Intended Audience: Family

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