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Happy Feet

Promotional poster
Directed by George Miller
Warren Coleman
Judy Morris
Produced by Bill Miller
George Miller
Doug Mitchell
Written by Warren Coleman
John Collee
George Miller
Judy Morris
Starring Elijah Wood
Robin Williams
Brittany Murphy
Hugh Jackman
Nicole Kidman
Hugo Weaving
Music by John Powell
Gia Farrell
Cinematography David Peers
Editing by Christian Gazal
Margaret Sixel
Studio Kennedy-Miller Productions
Animal Logic Films
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Village Roadshow Pictures
Release date(s) November 17, 2006 (2006-11-17)
(United States)
02006-12-26 December 26, 2006
Running time 108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $100 million
Gross revenue $384.3 million

Happy Feet is a 2006 computer-animated comedy-drama film with music, directed and co-written by George Miller. It was produced at Sydney-based visual effects and animation studio Animal Logic for Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures and Kingdom Feature Productions and was released in North America on November 17, 2006. It is the first animated feature film produced by Kennedy Miller in association with visual effects/design company Animal Logic.

Though primarily an animated film, Happy Feet does incorporate live action humans in certain scenes. The film was simultaneously released in both conventional theatres and in IMAX 2D format.[1] The studio had hinted that a future IMAX 3D release was a possibility. However, Warner Bros., the film’s production company, was on too tight of a budget to release Happy Feet in IMAX digital 3D. [2] Happy Feet won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.

The film was dedicated in memory of Nick Enright, Michael Jonson, Robby McNeilly Green, and Steve Irwin.



Every penguin sings a unique song called a "heartsong" to attract a mate. If the female likes the male and his song, and if it completes the female's song, the two penguins mate. A penguin named Norma Jean sings the song "Kiss", whereupon a male penguin named Memphis sings "Heartbreak Hotel". Norma Jean chooses him as her mate. They couple and Norma Jean lays an egg. The egg is left with Memphis while Norma Jean leaves with the other females to fish. While the males struggle through the harsh winter, Memphis drops the egg, briefly exposing it to the freezing Antarctic temperatures. The resulting chick - the film's protagonist, Mumble (voiced by Elizabeth Daily) - has blue eyes, ever-lasting down feathers, and a terrible singing voice. However, Mumble has a talent that no other penguin has ever seen before: tap dancing. As a result, Mumble is ostracized, with only his mother and his best friend Gloria to turn to. One day Mumble wanders into a secluded area, where he is free to dance. Mumble is interrupted when Boss Skua and his posse Dino, Frankie, and Vinnie attempt to eat him. Mumble stalls by asking the leader of the pack about a yellow band that is attached to his right ankle. The Boss Skua tells Mumble that he had been abducted by "aliens". Mumble narrowly escapes the hungry birds by falling into a crevice.

Mumble grows into an adult (voiced by Elijah Wood), still half-covered in fluffy down. Mumble's class graduates, and although he has not graduated, he joins them on their first trip into the ocean. His class ends their day by partying on an iceberg. Mumble constantly interrupts their singing and is forced to enjoy the party on a small iceberg. Mumble dozes off and wakes to find himself alone. A leopard seal chases him off the iceberg, and the penguin finds himself far from his home. He finds some Adelie Penguins, small in stature, but fiercely loyal to those they call friends. He befriends a small group of bachelors who form a club called "the Amigos": the leader Ramon, the brothers Raul and Nestor, and twin brothers Rinaldo and Lombardo. The Amigos quickly embrace Mumble's dance moves and assimilate him into their misfit group. Mumble's joy is cut short when he accidentally starts an avalanche and causes a hidden human excavator to tumble out from a glacier. Driven by curiosity, he sets out to find the "aliens" responsible for the machine. Mumble has a lot of questions, and the group suggests that he ask Lovelace a Rockhopper or Macaroni Crested Penguin who answers questions in exchange for stones and is known as the guru,as well as being the leader of the Adelie penguins. Big birds had earlier told Mumble that Lovelace had been captured and that's why is had yellow braces on his foot. Lovelace has six-pack plastic rings entangled around his neck which he uses them to project his guru image. When asked is the rings were from the aliens, Lovelace denies that aliens exists and that the plastic rings were bestowed upon him my mystic beings.

In Mumble's old home, it is mating season, and Gloria (voiced by Brittany Murphy) is the center of attention. Although she is surrounded by a large horde of suitors, none of their heartsongs interest her. Ramon tries to help Mumble by singing a Spanish version of "My Way". Gloria isn't fooled, however, for she knows Mumble can't sing. She notices Ramon behind Mumble and shoves him away to reveal the little penguin. Gloria becomes angry and turns her back on Mumble. As Mumble has no heartsong, Gloria continues towards the other males visibly distraught. As a last resort, Mumble tries to persuade her to sing along to his tapping rhythm. Because of her affection for him, she complies. As Mumble's beat speeds up, Gloria finds the chorus to her heartsong, and realizes it is "Boogie Wonderland". Overcome with happiness that they can now be mates, the pair begin dancing, along with the other penguins.

Noah the elder sees their lack of fish as punishment from the Great 'Guin for Mumble's dancing. Mumble tries to explain about the mysterious "aliens", and that they are the cause of the scarceness of fish, but only his mother and Gloria believe him. Noah exiles Mumble from the colony. Mumble vows that he will find the real cause of the famine. Mumble and the Amigos return to Lovelace only to find him being choked by the plastic rings. Lovelace confesses that he got stuck in the rings while swimming near the forbidden shores. He reveals that the forbidden shores are located past the land of elephant seals and beyond the blizzard country. Mumble, the Amigos and Lovelace start their journey. Gloria tries to come, but Mumble, fearing for her safety, drives her off by insulting her singing talents. They travel across vast territories till they reach the shore.

Mumble sees a boat and swims after it, leaving his friends behind. He ends up in a penguin exhibit at a marine park named Marine World. He tries to communicate with the "aliens" that surround him. When his pleas fail, Mumble nearly succumbs to madness after three months of confinement. Mumble starts dancing, and soon a large crowd gathers around the exhibit. He is released back into the wild, now with more adult feathers and a tracking device strapped to his back. He leads the humans to his native colony. The other penguins are skeptical at first, but when Gloria notices the tracking device, they realize that the “aliens” exist. Now convinced, the penguins (along with the once-stubborn elders) dance alongside Mumble in hopes of getting the humans' attention.

A research team arrives and film the penguins dancing. They bring this footage back to the human world, and a worldwide debate ensues. The world governments realize they are overfishing the Antarctic waters, and conclude that the penguins are trying to communicate that to them. Antarctic fishing is banned, and the fish population recovers. At this, the Emperor Penguins and the Amigos dance and celebrate their triumph. A dancing baby penguin seen at the end is implied to be the child of Mumble and Gloria.

In the credits, the characters reunite to dance for the final number, "The Song of the Heart."



The animation in Happy Feet invested heavily in motion capture technology, with the dance scenes acted out by human dancers. The tap-dancing for Mumble in particular was provided by Savion Glover who was also co-choreographer for the dance sequences.[3] The dancers went through "Penguin School" to learn how to move like a penguin, and also wore head apparatus to mimic a penguin's beak.[4]

Happy Feet needed an enormous group of computers, and Animal Logic worked with IBM to build a server farm with sufficient processing potential. The server farm used IBM BladeCenter framework and BladeCenter HS20 blade servers, which are extremely dense separate computer units each with two Intel Xeon processors. Rendering took up 17 million CPU hours over a nine month period.[5] Happy Feet was partially inspired by earlier documentaries such as the BBC's Life in the Freezer.[6]

The film took four years to make. Ben Gunsberger, Lighting Supervisor and VFX Department Supervisor, says this was partly because they needed to build new infrastructure and tools.[7]

An earlier cut of the film seems to have included a large subplot regarding aliens in the extraterrestrial sense, whose presence was made gradually more and more known throughout, and who were planning to siphon off the planet's resources gradually, placing the humans in the same light as the penguins [8]. At the end, through the plight of the main character, their hand is stayed, and instead, first contact is made. This was chopped out during the last year of production, and has yet to see the light of day in a finished form, although concept art from these sequences were showcased at the Siggraph 2007 demonstration [9], and are available online, as well.[10]


Happy Feet is a jukebox musical, taking previously recorded songs and working them into the film's soundtrack to fit with the mood of the scene or character. Two soundtrack albums were released for the film; one containing songs from and inspired by the film, and another featuring John Powell's instrumental score. They were released on October 31, 2006 and December 19, 2006, respectively.



Academy Awards

60th British Academy Film Awards

  • Best Animated Feature Film

Golden Globes

American Film Institute Awards 2006

  • Honored as one of the Top Ten Best Films of the Year

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animation

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Golden Trailer Awards[11]

  • Best Music

Heartland Awards

  • The Truly Moving Picture Award

Kids' Choice Awards

  • Favorite Animated Movie

British Academy of Film and Television Arts - Children's Awards

  • Best Feature Film


Golden Globe Award

  • Best Animated Feature

Annie Awards

  • Best Animated Feature
  • Best Writing in an Animated Feature Production

Satellite Awards

  • Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media

Grammy Awards

  • Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, John Powell, nominee
  • Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: "The Song of the Heart", Prince, nominee

Top ten lists

The film appeared on numerous critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2006, including AFI's Annual list, which is listed above.[12][13] AFI's jury said:

"HAPPY FEET is a one-of-a-kind motion picture experience. George Miller continues to paint outside the lines of traditional filmmaking, and his genius expands upon the animated art form to illuminate a world where penguins embrace dance and differences to survive and thrive. But that is just the tip of the iceberg, as the environment, religion and the chasm between generations enrich this sweet and subtle tale - one that is fun and funny, brilliant and beautiful, groundbreaking and global in its message."

Home media release

Happy Feet was released on March 27, 2007[14] in the United States in three formats; DVD (in separate widescreen and pan and scan editions), Blu-ray Disc, and an HD DVD/DVD combo disc.[15]

Among the DVD's special features is a scene that was cut from the film where Mumble meets a blue whale and an albatross. The albatross was Steve Irwin's first voice role in the film before he voiced the elephant seal in the final cut. The scene was finished and included on the DVD in memory of Steve Irwin. This scene is done in Steve's classic documentary style, with the albatross telling the viewer all about the other characters in the scene, and the impact people are having on their environment.

Video games

A video game based on the film was developed by A2M and published by Midway Games. It has the same main cast as the film. It was released for the PC, PlayStation 2, GameCube, GBA, NDS, and Wii.[16]

Artificial Life, Inc. has also developed a Happy Feet mobile game for the Japan market.[17]


Box office

The film opened at number one in the United States on its first weekend of release (November 17-November 19) grossing $41.6 million and beating Casino Royale for the top spot.[18] It remained number one for the Thanksgiving weekend, making $51.6 million over the five-day period. In total, the film was the top grosser for three weeks, a 2006 box office feat matched only by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. As of June 8, 2008, Happy Feet has grossed $198.0 million in the U.S. and $186.3 million overseas, making about $384.3 million dollars worldwide. Happy Feet was the third highest grossing animated film in the U.S. , behind Cars and Ice Age: The Meltdown. Happy Feet also being the third highest grossing animated film worldwide, behind Ice Age: The Meltdown and Cars. The film has been released in about 35 international territories at the close of 2006.[19][20][21]

The production budget was $100 million.[22]

Critical reviews

Happy Feet has received better than average reviews from film critics, and received a 74% "fresh" approval in the Rotten Tomatoes movie review aggregate site, with an 82% percent from the Top Critics.[23]


The film has also garnered, since its release, quite a bit of analysis and dissection from various places. Film critic Yar Habnegnal has written an essay, published in Forum on Contemporary Art and Society, that examines the themes of encroachment presented throughout the film, as well as various other subtexts and themes, such as religious hierarchy and interracial tensions.[24]


A follow-up to the film is currently in production at Dr. D Studios.[25] The estimated release date is November 18, 2011.[26] Wood and Williams will reprise their roles for the sequel. But Murphy will not be able to reprise her role, due to her death. Matt Damon and Brad Pitt have reportedly signed on to provide voice work for the film also.[27]

Environmental message

As things progress there is increasing emphasis on environmental problems in the Antarctic.

The film's denouement shows a group of researchers taking video of the colony of dancing emperor penguins, and the footage is broadcast globally. After many heated arguments this publicity generates considerable pressure to stop commercial overfishing of the Antarctic.

According to the director, George Miller, the environmental message was not a major part of the original script, but "In Australia, we're very, very aware of the ozone hole," he said, "and Antarctica is literally the canary in the coal mine for this stuff. So it sort of had to go in that direction." This influence led to a film with a more environmental tone. Miller said, "You can't tell a story about Antarctica and the penguins without giving that dimension."[28]


  1. ^ "Happy Feet: The IMAX Experience". IMAX. Retrieved 2007-03-15. 
  2. ^ "Happy Feet Won't Debut in IMAX 3-D". VFXWorld. Retrieved 2007-03-15. 
  3. ^ Savion Glover. (2007). Happy Feet. [DVD]. Warner Brothers. 
  4. ^ Kelley Abbey. (2007). Happy Feet. [DVD]. Warner Brothers. 
  5. ^ "Animal Logic builds rendering farm with IBM eServer BladeCenter". IBM Australia. Retrieved 2/1/2010. 
  6. ^ "Penguin suits up for a cinema hit". The Australian.,20867,20753501-2702,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  7. ^ UNSWorld (2007) Bring on the dancing penguins in UNSWorld, Issue 6, May 2007, pp. 14–15
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  11. ^ Golden Trailer Awards
  12. ^ "Film Critic Top Ten List, 2006 Critics' Picks". 
  13. ^ "The Critics". 
  14. ^ Happy Feet (2006) - Elijah Wood, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman
  15. ^ Happy Feet to Dance on Blu-ray, HD DVD This March | High-Def Digest
  16. ^ Happy Feet
  17. ^ Parthajit; "Happy Feet Goes Mobile"; Softpedia; April 24, 2007
  18. ^ Weekend Box Office Results for November 17–19, 2006
  19. ^ Happy Feet (2006) - Weekend Box Office Results
  20. ^ IMDb Charts
  21. ^ Weekend Box Office Results for February 1–3, 2008
  22. ^ Happy Feet (2006)
  23. ^ Happy Feet - Movie Reviews, Trailers, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes
  24. ^ Yar Habnegnal on Happy Feet
  25. ^ About Dr. D Studios
  26. ^ Sky News: Happy Feet sequel in the works
  27. ^ [1]
  28. ^ Kelly, Kate (2006-11-17). "The New Animated Film Happy Feet Doesn't Dance Around Serious Issues". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2007-03-15. 

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Happy Feet is a 2006 film about a penguin who can't sing, in a society which finds soul mates through song. Instead, he can dance, leading to friction in his colony.

Directed by George Miller. Written by Warren Coleman, John Collee, George Miller, and Judy Morris
Warning: May Cause Toe-Tapping



  • Don't ask me to change, Pa. Because I can't.
  • (attempting to sing) Twinkle twinkle little (grating squawking) STAAAR!
  • (to Mrs. Astrakhan) I'm being spontan-you-us.


  • Ladies, please avert your eyes... because I've been known to hypnotize. You've heard the voice. Now you're about to meet the one-and-only Lovelace in the flesh, right here, right on, right now.
  • There is a POWER that makes me STAND upon this TOWER!
  • ENOUGH! You bring this stranger before me?! He doubts my powers! He compares me to a skua! The voices are shrieking inside my head - they're sayin' "Lovelace! Who is this fool?! Tell him! Tell him to go f- (slight pause) forth and multiply! (Crowd gasps) Come to think of it... why don't we all go forth... and multiply?"
  • I will retire now to my couch of perpetual indulgence. OK ladies, who's first?
  • (yelling at a pair of orcas that tried to eat him) ENOUGH! Tis a bad day fo' you! You dealin' with LOVELACE now, and my man Mumble here! BEGONE, demon fish-a! Adios-a. Andiamo-hah. That's right! Boo-hoo; you high-tail it back to yo mamas. Don't make me come in the watah! I'll come after your sons and daughtahs! (fast: "I'm gonna give you the bad eye"; breaks into gibberish.)
  • Testify to that... Right on...
  • (How tall do you think that tall boy was?) Who can say? Taller than anyone.
  • HEY! It's me, Lovelace; formerly known as Guru! I'm gonna be tellin' your story, Happy Feet! Long after you dead and gone!


  • Kiss my frozen tushie! Kiss it, kiss it!
  • (mocking the retreating leopard seal) He's leaving. OH NO, THAT WAS HIS FACE!
  • (repeated line) Mommy, mommy, mommy.
  • (after hearing Mumble sing) Yeah, I once heard an animal do that, but then they rolled him over, he was dead.
  • I know size may be daunting, but do not be afraid... I love you. I LOVE YOU!
  • (afraid to jump off a cliff) I can do this, I can do this... I can trick myself! (pointing to the sky on the edge of the cliff) Boy, look at that! What? (falls and shrieks)
  • How are we gonna tell his mama he bring us all this way just to kill himself?
  • I like big tails and I can't deny!
  • Wait a second. I hear people wanting something... (everyone leans in to listen) ME!
  • (repeated line) Let me tell something to ju.... ["Ju" is "You"]
  • We got personality with a capital "Y". Why? Because we're hot!
  • (to the penguins after they banish Mumble) We sing the heart of our true friend, Mumble! You are a nation of peeny-weeny, piffling piccolini, piddily-diddily POOFT!
  • (after coming up with an idea) Okay, lets take a moment for myself: bow down, bow down. Okay, stop. I feel the love.
  • (mocking leopard seal) He's coming! We better move in half an hour! (Slowly) Lets get out of here!

Noah the Elder

  • Raise your voices, brothers! Give praise to the Great 'Guin, who put songs in our hearts and fish in our bellies!
  • (to the colony who were dancing) It is this kind of backsliding that has brought the scarcity upon us!
  • So it follows. Dissent leads to division and division leads us to doom! You, Mumble Happyfeet, must go!
  • Raise your voices, brothers! Cry out in defiance of this jiggity-joggity! For when all others leave ... WE REMAIN!


  • (pecking Mumble's egg) Is it empty? Can I have it?
  • Come back here, Mr. Mumble!
  • (after Mumble drives her away) Ugh! You stubborn, hippity-hoppity fool!

Miss Viola

  • A penguin without a heart song is hardly a penguin at all!
  • If anyone can Mrs. Astrakhan can.


  • I wouldn't do that around folks, son. It just ain't penguin.
  • If we are devout, sincere in our praise, the fish will return.

Norma Jean

  • Boys! Give a chick a chance.
  • Don't you take one step, sweetheart. You have as much right to be here as any of these daffy old fools.

Boss Skua

  • [to Mumble] The flipper boids - that's you - eat the fish. The flying boids - that's me - eat the flipper boids and the fish. And lately, there ain't a lot of fish.
  • [telling Mumble about how he got the yellow tag on his leg] I got two words for you, kid: Alien abduction.


(after Mumble fails at his singing lessons)
Mumble: Hey, y'know what? I can leave school! I can go to work! The three of us...
Memphis: Whoa whoa whoa, little fella. You ain't going nowhere until you've got yourself an education. Get them singing muscles big and strong. You got that?
Mumble: I'll try, pa.
Memphis: You bet you will. The word "triumph" starts with "try" and it ends with -
Mumble: "Umph"!
Memphis: That's right - a great big "umph"!

Leopard Seal: (to Mumble) Come here, sausage. I take you with ketchup.
Ramon: But first you need to catch up!

Leopard Seal: Remember, dumplings, I know where you live...
Raul: It's called LAND, lard-face!
Nestor: Rub round any time, blubber-butt!

Mumble: (to the leopard seal) See you, fatty!
(The Amigos pause and look at Mumble for a moment)
Raul: That's cool! "See you, fatty!"
(The Amigos laugh)

Ramon: Chica chica, boom! (the four other Amigos join in with a hip thrust action) Boom, boom, boom, boom!
Mumble: You're not interested in chicas?
Ramon: You kidding?! Without us, the chicas got no BOOM!

Lovelace: Hear me! There's not enough love in the world. Turn to the penguin next to you, put your flippers up, fluff him up a little bit and give him a great big hug!
Raul: (to Ramon) What you huggin' me for?!
Ramon: He told me to.
Raul: Get away!
Ramon: No, you like it...
Nestor: Get off him, Ramon.

Ramon: You've just got to do exactly what I say!
Mumble: Okay.
Ramon: Did I say "okay"?
Mumble: No.
Ramon: What did I say?
Mumble: Do exactly what you say.
Ramon: EXACTLY...what I say!

(after Mumble drives Gloria away)
Nestor: Amigo, that is a good thing you do.
Ramon: She is going to be so much better off without you. She is going to find a good steady guy to comfort her...
(Raul attempts to slap him, but misses)
Ramon: ...and love her up real good and raise a big family, then she gone let herself go...
Rinaldo: Ramon. RAMON! He's hurting. He's hurting bad.

Lombardo: Why would Lovelace help?
Raul: He not like you at all.
Mumble: I'll just appeal to his better nature.
Nestor: How you gonna do that?
Raul: Cruel and unusual punishment?
Lombardo: Unimaginable torture?
Ramon: Imaginable torture?
Rinaldo: Your singing?
Ramon, Nestor, Raul and Lombardo: NO!!!
Rinaldo: (imitates Mumble's singing) Can anybody find meeeeeeeeee?
Lombardo: breaking the ice!
Ramon: Avalanche!
Mumble: Yes, okay, thank you...

Mumble: Excuse me. What is this place?
Penguin: [in a HAL 9000-like voice] You're in Heaven, Dave - Penguin Heaven.
Mumble: Is it anywhere near Emperor Land?
Penguin: It's wherever you want it to be. Try the water, Dave. It's really real.

(Mumble eventually succumbs to madness in the zoo and "sees" and hears his family and friends on a wall.)
Norma Jean: So you found the fish, baby?
Mumble: (turns to look at the wall) Ma?
Norma Jean: Hi, sweetie.
Mumble: Ma!
Ramon: Fluffy! No matter what they say or do, we never stop believing in you.
Other Amigo: So, you'll be back soon?
Norma Jean: Hey, c'mon! Let him eat.
Gloria: Go ahead, Dave. Don't mind us.
Mumble: But there's plenty for everyone!
Norma Jean: It's OK, sugar. We can wait.
(The vision begins to melt and fade.)
Mumble: No, no! Ma! Ma! Th-there's, th-there's lots here! There's enough for everyone! MA!
(Mumble tries to throw a fish to his mother. It hits the wall and falls off, but he keeps trying desperately.)

Noah: You lead the aliens here? You turned them on your own kind?!
Gloria: Wait a second. You just said there's no such thing as aliens.
Noah: ...Well, there's not. But if there were, only a traitorous fool would bring them here!
Mumble: But they have to come! They're the ones taking our fish. They can do something about it.
Noah: None but the Great 'Guin hath the power to give and take away!
Mumble: But the Great 'Guin didn't put things out of whack, the aliens did!
Noah: A fool returns this day to mock our suffering! We are starving and he wants us to hippity-hop! So! Do we hold fast to our ways? Or do we bend to the fetid fantasies of a dancing fool?!


Check it out… (repeats x3)
Yo soy Raúl, pingüino mas cool
Latino por supuesto 100% español
My brothers, ¿yeah?
Loco me llaman, una senorita me enciende como flama
La fiesta, baila, baila muchachita, mi corazon tiene dinamita
¡Exacto! You're so beatiful to me, baby! ¿Dejame ser tu papi pingüino?
¡Booyaka, booyaka!


  • Warning: May Cause Toe-Tapping.
  • Everybody Dance Now!
  • What's Your Heartsong?


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Happy Feet
Box artwork for Happy Feet.
Developer(s) A2M
Publisher(s) Midway Games
Release date(s)
Nintendo GameCube
Genre(s) Action-adventure
System(s) Wii, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, Windows
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
ESRB: Everyone
OFLC: General
PEGI: Ages 3+

Happy Feet is an action-adventure video game based on the movie of the same name, released in November 2006.

The console versions (for PS2, Wii, GameCube and PC) feature three different modes: a dancing mode which simulates Dance Dance Revolution with the player pushing the button in response to arrows on the screen, a fishing mode in which the player collects pebbles and shrimp as well as air bubbles in order to breathe, and a belly-sledding mode where the player sleds and collects the number of fish needed, sleds to beat a given time or races another character down the hill. In the Nintendo DS version of the game, the rhythm sequences use gameplay mechanics similar to those in Elite Beat Agents, though greatly simplified. The game also features each of these modes for two players. In the dancing and swimming games, the players compete with each other, while cooperating with each other in the multiplayer belly-sledding mode.

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Developer(s) Warner Bros. IE
Publisher(s) Midway Games
Release date November 14, 2006
Genre Adventure
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) ESRB: E
Platform(s) PS2, Wii, GBA, GameCube, Nintendo DS
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Happy Feet
Directed by George Miller
Produced by George Miller
Doug Mitchell
Bill Miller
Written by Warren Coleman
John Collee
George Miller
Judy Morris
Starring Elijah Wood
Robin Williams
Brittany Murphy
Hugh Jackman
Nicole Kidman
Hugo Weaving
Anthony LaPaglia
Magda Szubanski
Steve Irwin
Music by John Powell
Distributed by Village Roadshow Pictures (Australia)
Golden Village Entertainment (Singapore)
Warner Bros. (all other areas)
Release date(s) November 17, 2006 (U.S.)
December 8, 2006 (UK)
December 26, 2006 (Australia)
Running time 108 min.
Country Australia
United States
Language English
Budget $100,000,000

Happy Feet is a 2006 computer-animated comedy-drama musical movie. It was made in Australia. The movie was directed and co-written by George Miller. It was released in North America in November 2006. While it is mostly animated, some scenes do include live-action. Happy Feet won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature but did not win the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.

Happy Feet was dedicated to the following people: Nick Enright, Michael Jonson, Robby McNeilly Green, and Steve Irwin.


Happy Feet is set in an Emperor Penguin colony, where each penguin must sing a song called the "Heartsong" to find a mate. Two penguins, Norma Jean and Memphis, are attracted to each other by their songs, and they start a family. While Norma Jean is fishing in the ocean, Memphis is left with the egg, and he accidentally drops it on the ice, exposing it to the cold temperatures of the Antarctic. The young penguin chick who hatches out of this egg has a terrible singing voice and later discovers he has no "Heartsong." However, he does have a talent for tap dancing.

While Mumble's mother, Norma Jean, thinks this little habit is cute, his father, Memphis, says it "just ain't penguin." Besides, they both know that, without a "Heartsong", Mumble may never find true love. As fate would have it, his one friend, Gloria, happens to be the best singer around. Mumble and Gloria have a connection from the moment they hatch, but she struggles with his strange "hippity-hoppity" ways. Mumble is just too different; especially for Noah the Elder, the stern leader of the colony, who ultimately casts him out of the community.

Away from home for the first time, Mumble meets a group of different penguins--the Adelie Amigos. Led by Ramon, the Adelies instantly accept Mumble's tap-dancing skills and invite him to party with them. In the home of the Adelies, Mumble seeks the counsel of Lovelace the Guru, a Rockhopper penguin who claims he will answer any of life's questions for the price of a pebble. In their conversation, Lovelace mentions "aliens," which interest Mumble as he finds a frozen vehicle in a glacier. He decides to find the "aliens."

Returning home, Mumble and his friends find Gloria in the center of attention as her "Heartsong" is very attractive to the other penguins. However, she is not interested in the other males' "Heartsongs" but is excited when Mumble persuades her to sing in time with his tap-dance rhythm. The other penguins become interested and begin dancing. However, Noah the Elder feels that the recent lack of fish, the penguins' main food, is a punishment sent from their god in order to punish them for allowing Mumble's dancing. He therefore exiles Mumble from the colony, but before he leaves, Mumbles tells them that he will find the real cause of the famine.

With Lovelace and the Amigos, Mumble travels many miles and through many obstacles, which include an attack by killer whales. Finally, they see a large quantity of commercial trawlers, ships that are fishing in the Antarctic waters, and Mumble follows them. Eventually, he is caught and put on display in an marine park exhibit. He attempts to communicate with the "aliens" (humans) who are surrounding him, but fails. After nearing going mad with the confinement, a small child taps on the glass of his enclosure. Mumble is excited and begins tap-dancing. After a large crowd gathers to watch him, he is released back to the wild with a tracking device and leads the humans back to his colony.

Later on, a research team arrives to study the penguins, and the humans discover they are overfishing the ocean, which had resulted in the lack of fish. Fishing the Antarctic is banned, and the fish population returns and thrives. In the end, the Emperors and Amigos are shown dancing and celebrating.


Actor Penguin and/or Other Animal
Elijah Wood Mumble
Brittany Murphy Gloria
Hugh Jackman Memphis
Nicole Kidman Norma Jean
Robin Williams Ramón / Lovelace
Hugo Weaving Noah the Elder
Carlos Alazraqui Néstor
Lombardo Boyar Raul
Jeff Garcia Rinaldo
Johnny A. Sanchez Lombardo
Fat Joe Seymour
Magda Szubanski Miss Viola
Miriam Margolyes Mrs. Astrakhan
Dee Bradley Baker Maurice
Chrissie Hynde Michelle
E.G. Daily Baby Mumble
Alyssa Shafer Baby Gloria
César Flores Baby Seymour
Anthony LaPaglia Boss Skua
Danny Mann Dino/Zoo Penguin
Mark Klastorin Vinnie
Michael Cornacchia Frankie
Nicholas McKay Nev
Tiriel Mora Kev
Steve Irwin Trev
Richard Carter Barry
Roger Rose The Leopard Seal
Peter Carroll Elder
Larry Moss Elder
Lee Perry Elder/Zoo Penguin
Alan Shearman Elder
Giselle Loren Adélie Chica
Denise Blasor Adélie Chica
Michelle Arthur Adélie Chica

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