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Happy Feet (2006)

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75

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

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

81

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

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

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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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

Mar 27, 2007

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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.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Awkward but graceful, derivative but daring, Happy Feet is, indeed, a flightless bird in the best and worst sense.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Was I enchanted, entertained or even diverted for its 108-minute running time? Not really.

November 29, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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I think kids will love it, because the penguins are cute.

November 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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[Happy Feet's] a gorgeously rendered marvel that pulls out all the stops to wow its viewers.

November 17, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Ultra-cute kid flick has a few scary, emotional moments.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

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

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

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.

September 10, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

September 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

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.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Calgary Movies | Comments (3)
Calgary Movies

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

April 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

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

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

...no doubt the movie will entertain and enlighten children. Children of all ages may be another matter.

March 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

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

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

February 19, 2007 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

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.

January 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinerina

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

January 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

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

January 13, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
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.

January 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

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

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
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.
March 22, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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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.
December 26, 2012
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Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Happy Feet promise a lot... but don't is one of the most great animated movie.
January 28, 2012
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.
January 20, 2012
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    1. Lovelace: Go forth and multiply!
    – Submitted by Stephanose A (13 months ago)
    1. Raul: What you huggin' for?
    2. Ramon: He told me to.
    3. Raul: Get away.
    4. Ramon: No, you like it!
    – Submitted by Brandon M (2 years ago)
    1. Memphis: The word triumph starts with try and ends with?
    2. Mumble: ...Umph?
    3. Memphis: That's right, a great big UMPH!
    – Submitted by Augustine S (2 years ago)
    1. Memphis: Whatcha doing there, boy?
    2. Mumble: I'm happy, Pa.
    3. Memphis: Whatcha doing with your feet?
    4. Mumble: They're happy, too.
    – Submitted by Augustine S (2 years ago)
    1. Ramon: 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)
    1. Memphis: I wouldn't do that around folks, Son.
    2. Baby Mumble: Why not?
    3. Memphis: Well... it just ain't penguin, okay?
    – Submitted by Owen F (2 years ago)
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