Films

Happy Feet (2006)

Happy Feet (2006)

In my view…

The story of Happy Feet is a very lovely story that has also an important message: climate change and the danger for the wild animals it bring around the pole circles on our planet. But the storyline focuses on a king penguin who in contrast to his other fellow king penguin chickens, has not the skill of singing. Singing? Yes, according to this film a king penguin looks for his or her partner by ‘singing’ and dancing together.

The film is full of music, dancing, lovely choreography and meanwhile jokes are made. The story and its appurtenant drama guides you through the story. The little king penguin is a little adventurer. And every little adventure gets accompanied by music, dance and now and then a joke.

Filming

What I like about the film is that it uses very clear and different perspectives. Sometimes you have a closeup of one or a couple of those penguins. It zooms in and out depending on the part of the story. So it is easy to stay focused. Not only the music is something artistic that stands out. Also the images and shapes that are created throughout the story accompanied by music stand out. A heart is created to show the shape of love. Later on a triangle is created to show the form of leadership, who of the king penguins takes the lead?

Characters

The film starts with a lovely song, sung by the mother and father of the king pinguin chicken who is the main character of this film. It is quite typical: a king penguin who hatches later than the other youngsters and acts weird by starting to tap without really noticing. According to his dad it is not ‘penguin’. But as soon his mother is back from hunting fish, the first funny parts of the film start. Overall main characters ‘Mumble’ and ‘Gloria are so lovely created! Super cute! There are many more little penguin characters that play a role in Mumble’s life. But to not spoil some parts of the story by explaining there role, I leave it at those two main characters.

YouTube Trailer

This is an official released trailer for the film. But it is an adelie penguin and not a king penguin. It gives an idea of the vibe the film gives.

The Songlist of Happy Feet

There are many songs in this film! You probably recognize a couple of those famous songs. Here is the full list in a table:

SongWritten byPerformed by
Golden SlumbersJohn Lennon and Paul McCartneyK.D. Lang
I Only Have Eyes for YouAl Dubin and Harry Warren
With a Song in My HeartRichard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Tell Me Something GoodStevie WonderPink
Only You (and You Alone)Buck Ram
Unchained MelodyAlex North and Hy Zaret
Where is the LoveRalph MacDonald and William Salter
Vesti la GiubbaRuggero Leoncavallo
KissPrince (as Prince Rogers Nelson)Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman
HelloLionel Richie
Broken WingsRichard Page, John Lang and Steve George
Let’s Talk About SexHurby ‘Luv Bug’ Azor (as Herbie Azor)
Gimme All Your Lovin’Billy Gibbons
Heartbreak HotelMae Boren Axton (Mae Axton)John Powell
Never Can Say GoodbyeClifton Davis
Chantilly LaceThe Big Popper (as J.P. Richardson)
The MessageSylvia Robinson, Melle Mel (as Melvin Glover), Clifton ‘Jiggs’ Chase (as Clifton Chase) and Duke Bootee (as Edward Fletcher)Fat Joe
Boogie WonderlandJon Lind and Allee WillisBrittany Murphy
Otchi Tchor Ni YaJudy Morris
I WishStevie WonderStevie Wonder
In My RoomBrian Wilson and Gary UsherElizabeth Daily (as E.G. Daily) and The Sydney Children’s Choir
Jump n’ MoveJan Kincaid, Simon Bartholomew, Andrew Levy and Jamal-Ski (as Jamal Mitchell)The Brand New Heavies featuring Jamal-Ski (as Jamalski)
Do It AgainBrian Wilson and Mike LoveThe Beach Boys
Somebody To LoveFreddie MercuryBrittany Murphy
That’s the Way (I Like It)Harry Wayne Casey (as Harry Casey) and Richard Finch (as Rick Finch)
CandelaSandy Cariello and Pavel De JesusDa Madd Dominikans
Let’s Sing Like the Birdies SingTolchard Evans, Stanley Damerell and Robert Hargreaves
No ScrubsKevin ‘She’kspere’ Briggs (as Kevin Briggs), Kandi Burruss and Tiny Harris (as Tameka Cottle)Lizette Carter
I’ll Make Love to YouKenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds (as Kenneth Edmonds)
Shake Your Bon BonDraco Rosa (as Robi Rosa), Desmond Child and George R. Noriega
My WayClaude Francois, Jacques Revaux, Gilles Thibaut and Paul AnkaRobin Williams
Baby Got BackSir Mix A Lot
Cui CuiXavier Cugat and Foster Curbelo
Adelie Rap/Adelie BridgeEdgar Garcia, Germaine Franco, Daniel Lerner and John Powell
Leader of the PackJeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Shadow Morton (as George Morton)Dan Navarro
If You Leave Me NowPeter Cetera
The EndJohn Lennon and Paul McCartneyK.D. Lang
I WishStevie WonderPatti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams and Fantasia Barrino
The Song of the HeartPrincePrince
Hit Me UpGia FarrellGia Farrell
Everything I OwnDavid GatesChrissie Hynde
The JokerSteve Miller, Eddie Curtis and Ahmet ErtegunJason Mraz

The Spotify Playlist

The Compilation of ‘Happy Feet Music From the Motion Picture’

Film Facts:

Title: Happy Feet
Genre: Animation / Adventure / Comedy / Family / Music / Musical / Romance
Director: George Miller / Warren Coleman / Judy Morris
Writer:
Screenwriter: George Miller / John Collee / Judy Morris / Warren Coleman
Music arranged by: John Powell
Country: United States of America / Australia
Filming Locations: Fox Studios, Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Language spoken:
English / Spanish
Release Date: 8 December 2006 (UK)
Time: 108 minutes
Production Companies: Warner Bros / Village Roadshow Pictures / Kennedy Miller Productions
IMDb rating: 6.10/10
Rating: 8/10 stars

I hope you like the film too. It is worth to watch it! I am not telling about the story too much, you have to watch the film yourself and make your own opinion.

Top 25 Cast:

  1. Carlos Alazraqui – Nestor
  2. Lombardo Boyar – Raul
  3. Jeffrey Garcia – Rinaldo
  4. Johnny A. Sanchez – Lombardo
  5. Robin Williams – Ramon / Lovelace
  6. Elijah Wood – Mumble
  7. Brittany Murphy – Gloria
  8. Hugh Jackman – Memphis
  9. Nicole Kidman – Norma Jean
  10. Hugo Weaving – Noah the Elder
  11. Elizabeth Daily – Baby Mumble
  12. Magda Szubanski – Miss Viola
  13. Miriam Margolyes – Mrs. Astrakhan
  14. Fat Joe – Seymour
  15. Alyssa Shafer – Baby Gloria
  16. Cesar Flores – Baby Seymour
  17. Anthony LaPaglia – Boss Skua
  18. Danny Mann – Dino / Zoo Penguin
  19. Mark Klastorin – Vinnie
  20. Michael Cornacchia – Frankie
  21. Steve Irwin – Trev
  22. Nick McKay – Nev
  23. Tiriel Mora – Kev
  24. Richard Carter – Barry
  25. Lee Perry – Elder / Zoo Penguin

Enjoy watching!

Loves from Sophie