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Happy Feet (2006)


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 161
Fresh: 120
Rotten: 41

Critics Consensus: Visually dazzling, with a thoughtful storyline and catchy musical numbers, Happy Feet marks a successful animated debut from the makers of Babe.

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 35
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: Visually dazzling, with a thoughtful storyline and catchy musical numbers, Happy Feet marks a successful animated debut from the makers of Babe.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 615,067


Movie Info

In the world of the emperor penguin, a simple song can mean the difference between a lifetime of happiness and an eternity of loneliness. When a penguin named Mumble is born without the ability to sing the romantic song that will attract his soul mate, he'll have to resort to some fancy footwork by tap dancing his way into the heart of the one he loves. Directed by Babe mastermind George Miller, Happy Feet tells the tale of one penguin's quest for love, and features an all-star cast of vocal … More

PG (for some mild peril and rude humor)
Animation , Kids & Family , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
George Miller , John Collee , Warren Coleman , Judy Morris
In Theaters:
Mar 27, 2007
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Happy Feet

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (120) | Rotten (41) | DVD (28)

You should see Happy Feet -- not only because it's stupendous, but also because it features the best dancing you'll see on the screen this year.

Full Review… | June 29, 2007
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Awkward but graceful, derivative but daring, Happy Feet is, indeed, a flightless bird in the best and worst sense.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

Director George 'Babe' Miller has pulled off a coup with this one; he's raised the benchmark to a whole new level, both visually and conceptually. Bravo.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Was I enchanted, entertained or even diverted for its 108-minute running time? Not really.

Full Review… | November 29, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

I think kids will love it, because the penguins are cute.

Full Review… | November 20, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

[Happy Feet's] a gorgeously rendered marvel that pulls out all the stops to wow its viewers.

Full Review… | November 17, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Ultra-cute kid flick has a few scary, emotional moments.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Parables about xenophobia, tolerance, religion and ecological responsibility are played to cuddly conclusions. Balletic underwater sequences and a jukebox-musical soundtrack spanning Chicago to Grandmaster Flash are spoonfuls of sugar for the medicine.

Full Review… | September 24, 2010

George Miller's jubilant, eccentric film makes its CGI penguins vibrant, expressive, even cosmic

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

The perfect film for audiences who found fault with March of the Penguins because it was too emotionally taxing and you couldn't dance to it.

Full Review… | September 10, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Puts heart and soul back into the good old computer animated, talking animals family film.

Full Review… | September 10, 2008

Unfortunately, once the eye candy is firmly established, there's a story here that drags and drags. Then it takes a bit of a leap before it drags some more.

Full Review… | August 13, 2007
Calgary Movies

Stands at the very top of the 2006 animated kid's film class.

Full Review… | April 10, 2007
Lessons of Darkness

It's almost impossible to hate. It's not impossible to get a little bored, but that's another tune.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007 doubt the movie will entertain and enlighten children. Children of all ages may be another matter.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007
Movie Metropolis

If this isn't the last word in animated penguin movies, it's certainly the penguin-ultimate.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

"Happy Feet" clinches the current trend of animated message films that speak for the plight of animals and the ecology.

Full Review… | February 19, 2007

Feels like the story was written around the concept of a penguin who cannot sing, only dance. When the story is not king, generally the big picture suffers, and Happy Feet reaffirms that adage.

Full Review… | January 31, 2007

Offers a sucrose-enriched upgrade to the documentary March of the Penguins.

Full Review… | January 27, 2007

despite... shortcomings, "Happy Feet" brings a lot of energy and creativity to a genre that increasingly relies on slapstick and over-stimulation.

Full Review… | January 13, 2007

I had wanted to like HAPPY FEET more -- I went in expecting a more lighthearted piece. While Miller is to be commended for adding layers to the story, I do feel it went on way too long and that its points were hammered home. And I'm well aware I will be

Full Review… | January 11, 2007
Murphy's Movie Reviews

The movie's flat-footed nature means it's unlikely to put a spring in the step of anyone over the age of 10.

Full Review… | January 2, 2007
Daily Mirror [UK]

Thank God those penguins can dance just like humans, eh? It means they deserve to live!

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Happy Feet

It's an animated film that though it tries hard, it is difficult to like or enjoy it.


Good animation about penguins. Penguins sing to attract their soul mate but Mumbles can't sing so he tap dances. Famous voices - Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


Happy Feet promise a lot... but don't is one of the most great animated movie.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

An all singing, all dancing film that just oozes cuteness. Happy Feet is creative with an adorable storyline, that puts a little smile on your face. Slightly different to a lot of the feature length cartoons and the music gives it a modern feel.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Happy Feet Quotes

Go forth and multiply!
– Submitted by Stephanose A (16 months ago)
What you huggin' for?
He told me to.
Get away.
No, you like it!
– Submitted by Brandon M (2 years ago)
The word triumph starts with try and ends with?
That's right, a great big UMPH!
– Submitted by Augustine S (2 years ago)
Whatcha doing there, boy?
I'm happy, Pa.
Whatcha doing with your feet?
They're happy, too.
– Submitted by Augustine S (2 years ago)
Don't feel so bad, my father also called me a pitiful loser, look how I turned out.
– Submitted by Jamie I (2 years ago)
I wouldn't do that around folks, Son.
Baby Mumble:
Why not?
Well... it just ain't penguin, okay?
– Submitted by Owen F (2 years ago)

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