I had the opportunity to see it last night in San Francisco. Thegraphics are well done (the elephant seals are phenomenal!) but thedistinguishing features of the main character "Mumbles" are his blueeyes and his continuing down. All of the other characters have browneyes, so distinguishing his "girlfriend" Gloria from any other penguin(male or female) is impossible without the sound.
The music (and there were ~45 songs - or at least snippets of songs)were aimed at the adults. Some had very adult themes, as did the BarryWhite-like penguin "Lovelace" and Mumble's father is a penguin Elvis(the Pelvis) impersonator. Contrast the highly sexual overtones of themusic and characters to the minimal, childlike plot and I was confusedas to who the audience was supposed to be.
Oh, and let's not forget the stereotypes. The small Latin girl-chasing(but otherwise lazy) penguins , the Barry White penguin with a bevy offemales, etc. These are not things I'd want my children to watch orimitate.
Were the animation not so darn good, I'd have given it a lower score.The computer graphic artists did an excellent job on many details. Theshort "environment" message doesn't begin to make itself clear untilthe last ten minutes. I'd guess they thought putting a simple plottogether with adult-themed overtones would bring in both audiences. Inmy opinion, it fails on both counts - I'd prefer seeing "March of thePenguins".
The CGI was some of the best I've ever seen. The natural beauty ofAntarctica and the animal life there was truly spectacular. At times itwas hard to tell that this was not live-action photography. For thisreason alone, Happy Feet is worth seeing.
Unfortunately, this is about the only reason for an adult to see thefilm. The story and characters are tepid; even Robin Williams can onlymuster occasional excitement with his two wacky characters. Once again,a big budget animation feature falls flat with celebrity voices insteadof professional voice talent. The story, such as it is, doesn't reallystart to take off until the second half of the movie. The first half isseemingly endless vignettes of exposition and set up. The dancingsequences, particularly the one featured in the year-old teasertrailer, liven things up but don't move the plot along. I was annoyedat the inconsistent juxtaposition of musical styles; one moment it waship hop, the next blues, the next rock, with few, if any, lastingthrough an entire song. One of the story problems I had was a lack of aconsistent villain. Mumbles is attacked early in the film by a viciousseal. I kept expecting this scary bad guy to reappear to get hiscomeuppance, but he just disappears. There was not even a hint of whatturned out to be the real antagonists until halfway through the film.Finally, I felt the ecological disaster moralizing was just toopreachy. Maybe you have to be that blatant for children, but as anadult I felt like the film was talking down to me.
Happy Feet tries to be a nature film, a musical, a love story, and asitcom, but fails to effectively deliver any of those. I really cameaway thinking that Happy Feet was little more than a glorifiedAfternoon Special. It makes me appreciate all the more how films likeShrek and Flushed Away can successfully combine action, romance,comedy, and drama on levels that both children and adults can enjoy.
The previews made this look awesome. So I went to see it, and WOW itwas the stupidest thing I've ever seen. I wanted to kill myself afterthirty minutes of it. The only reason I stayed in the theater wasbecause I was with five other people. Seriously SO GAY!!!! The mostboring thing ever! I kept hoping it would get better and it NEVER did.Most of the songs they chose were annoying, the plot sucked, and Ihated the main character. And now I'm mad at this 'cause apparently youcan't post anything unless it's ten lines long. I need to calm down andgo watch something with Johnny Depp...HOLY CRAP I'M .PISSED. THIS IS SOGAY WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! and I know someone is going to comment to this andsay something like well you have an anger problem but who cares! goahead lol I'm so mad I don't even careUser: jodisegal-1
Happy Feet was first described to me as a combination of March of thePenguins and Moulin Rouge. I have to agree, but not in the way heintended. It doesn't combine the creativity of those 2 films, it copiesthem. The story starts out replicating scenes from March of thePenguins, except with singing. It's very cute for about 3 minutes. Thenyou realize that the songs are uninventive ripoffs or just songs by theartists themselves. The story has too many elements shoved together,none of which really engage. It tries to be the story of the kid whodoesn't fit in, the environmental story, the cross-cultural story. It'sfine, but not nearly as original as it could and should have been.Brittany Murphy has an incredible voice, and Robin Williams neverceases to amaze as 3 different characters.User: movie_shark124
We have two kids ages 6 & 4. I loved Shrek and all of the Pixar flicksand