Feet" is fun, somewhere between Bambi
(Two-Disc Special Edition)
for penguins and, as many have said, a musical version of "March
of the Penguins" with a social message.
it is not is lasting. The best animated movies, like "Aladdin (Disney Special Platinum Edition)" (also
and the Beast (Disney Special Platinum Edition),"
White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney Special Platinum Edition),"
and the aforementioned "Bambi," have more going on than shtick. "Happy
Feet" relies too much on shtick. This makes it entertaining the first time
through, and probably not the second.
animation is often much better than "Shrek
(Full Screen Single Disc Edition)"
Inc. (Collector's Edition)"
The wry humor is as good as, or better than, the best of the Veggie
shorts (way better than "Jonah
- A VeggieTales Movie").
The music will make an interesting soundtrack.
the shtick? A dancing penguin. Great premise, but the animation's timing is weak.
The sound of the tapping does not equal what is on screen. The dance routine becomes
exactly that, routine. We see it once, twice, three times. The fifteenth time,
I was bored with it.
food chain is explained well, as is the competition for food. Penguins, birds,
humans, all eat fish. Some birds also eat penguins. When humans eat more fish,
birds eat more penguins, and the penguin population naturally declines.
the penguins suffer, they look for solutions. Some ideas are silly, and blame
the conservative side of penguins -- very 1950s-style Soviet communism (with a
dose of Native American animism and a weaker dose of 1890s Christian revivalism).
Others are survivalist, requiring endurance of characters. Mumbles becomes an
unwilling solution finder. He is not looking at the big picture, he presses naively
through hardship to ask simply if the humans (he thinks they are aliens) can help.
of the fittest is clear here. The struggle, the ingenuity and resourcefulness
of survival is played well.
music, especially the introductory songs, are great fun. It will appeal mostly
to fans of late 1970s and 1980s music. Its brilliance is in the mixing of songs
so well that a first time listening might not realizing it is a medley.
is better than he has been recently, especially with his Barry
White - All-Time Greatest Hits
styled guru penguin, Lovelace.
are not always well-explained. They come and go, occasionally for no reason. This
could be bad writing or editing, but, either way, left me confused.
Feet" could be considered a movie in which the main character tries to find
himself. Or, if the audience wants to think more heavily than intended, Mumbles
the dancing penguin is Martin Luther, an artist, an unwilling revolutionary, or
a gay activist. It flirts with all of this, but never enough to dominate the message.
it once, had fun, should have waited for the DVD. Should you see it? Sure. You
too will tap your feet, laugh a little, but it is no great animated movie.
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