Son of Memphis (Hugh Jackman) and Norma Jean (Nicole Kidman), Mumble (Elijah Wood), a sweet little ball of penguin fluff has one big problem: no matter how hard he tries, he can’t sing a single note. In a world where every penguin attracts their soul mate through their own special heart-song, he cannot ever truly belong. But as it happens, Mumble is a brilliant tap-dancer! When he unleashes his deepest feelings, they don’t come from his beak…they pour out through his “happy feet.”
As he grows into a teenager who is keen to gain acceptance, he fails to graduate and is the last to lose his adolescent feathers…setting him further apart. But Mumble is curious about the world and not afraid of challenges thrown in his path.
And when the seas become depleted of fish, the Elders of the Penguin Nation blame Mumble and his strange ‘hippity-hoppity’ gait for disturbing the natural order. So he sets out on a journey across the vast Antarctic landscape to prove them wrong.
Filled with the voices of some fantastic stars, this movie has some good times and some that fall short of expectations. However, the music is fabulous and the penguins sure can dance!You get a look at the things that penguins deal with in their lives, like the weather and predators. But there are also some social issues thrown in for everyone to consider. For example, it should not matter if you are different than others, your family and friends should look deeper and see you for who you really are. I do want to warn parents that for younger children, there are some scary parts that may make them want to jump into your lap. Also, a couple of song lyrics are sexually suggestive, like “You don’t have to be beautiful to turn me on, I just need your body, baby, from dusk till dawn.” Or, Salt ‘n’ Pepa’s “Let’s talk about sex, baby …” There is also a not-so-subtle, “Politically Correct” subplot showing the environmental impact of humans on nature. In the final analysis, “Happy Feet” is a cute movie and you will find yourself tapping to the music.