‘Happy Feet’ taps its way into the hearts of viewers

By Jennifer Davis
December 8, 2006

Warner Bros. Pictures

The animated film, “Happy Feet” made its debut performance on Nov. 17. The comedy adventure is set in the land of the Emperor Penguins deep within Antarctica. In the great nation of the Emperor Penguin, you are no one unless you can sing. Mumble (Elijah Wood) expresses himself through fierce tap dancing.

Mumble’s mother, Norma Jean (Nicole Kidman), encourages her son’s creative talent while his father, Memphis (Hugh Jackman), strongly opposes the idea. According to Memphis, tap dancing “just ain’t penguin.” Being denied the talent of a singer, Mumble struggles for the acceptance of his community and peers.

Coincidentally, Mumble’s closet friend, Gloria (Brittany Murphy), is recognized as the best singer of the class. However it is difficult for her to support Mumbles outrageous tap dancing steps.

The stern leader of the pack, Noah the Elder (Hugo Weaving,) believes Mumble is a disgrace and expels him from the community.

On his own for the first time, Mumble stumbles across some very unique yet entertaining penguins known as the Adelie Amigos. Ramon (Robin Williams) carries the Adelies above and beyond. Immediately the Adelie Amigos are drawn to Mumbles dance moves.

For the first time in his life, Mumble feels acknowledged.

Adelia Land is a land unlike any other. Here every penguin is very relaxed and embraces the joyous simplicity of their lives. For them, life is too short to be anything but happy.

Mumble is directed towards the vibrantly feathered Lovelace the Guru (also voiced by Robin Williams). Mumble ponders questions about life in which he is told Lovelace will be able to answer.

Exploring the Antarctic world Mumble broadens his knowledge of himself and others. Together with the Amigos and Lovelace, Mumble embraces his natural talents and comes to an appreciation of life. Simultaneously the joyous clan explores the region one ice berg at a time.

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