"Happy Feet" Movie
Dancing to a Different Drummer: Review of Happy Feet
(Photo: left courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)
Penguins seem to be a favorite “poster animal” in family films. When I recently saw Happy Feet, I was reminded of March of the Penguins. But the similarity goes beyond the penguin stars. Both penguin films provide stronger environmental messages than other family films like Finding Nemo or A Shark’s Tale. And that is a good thing.
Even more impressive is that the film doesn’t stop with the negative consequences and animals having to deal with it; it actually offers a plausible remedy (within the context of the admittedly fanciful element of dancing penguins), where concerned humans take action to help wildlife. This is more than something like Over the Hedge offers, which plays on suburban sprawl and its effects on animals, but suggests neither a solution nor concerned humans. For my money, then, Happy Feet is a worthier project.
All animal characters encountered by Mumble leopard seal, several elephant seals, two other types of penguins comprising six characters are male. All the “wise elders” in the emperor penguin community are male. (Should I mention that the male and female penguins were drawn to roughly approximate human male and female body shapes?)
Young Seymour (voiced by CESAR FLORES) performs his Heartsong rap for his Penguin Elementary School classmates in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ comedy adventure “Happy Feet,” distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
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