Happy Feet (Widescreen Edition)
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Except musically challenged Mumble (voiced by Elijah Wood--Lord of the Rings films). In frozen Antarctica, where penguins sing to woo a mate, Mumble's talent is dancing: When his fellow penguins start to croon, Mumble's feet want to move. Even worse, Gloria (voiced by Brittany Murphy), the object of Mumble's affection, only wants to hear a song from Mumble's heart. But when encroaching fishermen threaten the penguins, the colony is saved by Mumble's valor, and Gloria's heart is won by his dancing, Happy Feet. Directed by George Miller (Babe), choreographed by Tony winner Savion Glover and featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Robin Williams and crocodile hunter Steve Irwin.]]>
- Two new fully animated sequences: Mumble Meets a Blue Whale, A Happy Feet Moment
- Private dance lesson with Savion Glover
- Two music videos: Gia's Hit Me Up, Prince's The Song of the Heart
- Classic cartoon: I Love to Singa
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I just saw this movie twice over the past three days, and here's my take on it, with the upsides and the downsides.
The upsides were:
The animation technology! Some of the animation, especially the backgrounds, was drop dead gorgeous. I don't even have HD, and I was mesmerized by how beautifully done some parts of this movie were.
The misfit becomes a hero. It hit sort of close to home for my wife and I because we have a special needs child and have often felt like Memphis and Norma Jean. What went wrong? We sigh a lot and wonder what will become of him. I quietly hope he will develop some great talent some day. We'll see.
An environmental message that wasn't too heavy handed. The humans are not presented as evil, just as being who didn't know what they were doing. Once they discovered the penguins, they helped them out. At least this movie didn't stoop to the now very tired "man is bad" cliche message.
Interesting symbology. The "Memphis" character was obviously Elvis, and Norma Jean was Marilyn Monroe? The two icons of the 1950's give birth to a misfit who revolutionalizes music among a sort of authoritarian theocratic paternal oligarchy. Is this supposed to be something like what happened when rock 'n roll took America by storm in the late 1950's and early 60's? The fundamentalists preached against rock 'n roll, and the kids just wanted to have fun.
The music itself. I found it varied and rather enjoyable. I've never liked that "Somebody to Love" song by Queen, but I genuinely enjoyed the way it was rendered by the penguin choir.Read more ›
But, this being the Blu-ray disc, I'm going to focus on the picture and sound.
The animation by itself is simply breath-taking; easily one of, if not the best looking CGI feature to date. But in HD, it's brought to life even further. Every feather on the penguins is apparent, every flake of snow falling through the air and I'd almost go so far as to say every molecule of water! This is the best looking animated feature you can get on Blu-ray now. It's definitely the show-off piece when people ask "How much better does HD look?". The leopard seal was particularly mind-blowing to me.
Another hook is the sound. While I wouldn't say this is the best sounding movie on Blu-ray, it definitely puts sound to good use and ranks pretty high. All five channels are used when appropriate, but Happy Feet does not utilize them as much as other films. Still, crank up the sound and the action scenes will blow you away.
All in all, this is an excellent movie made even better on Blu-ray. At this time, this is the Blu-ray disc to own for giving people lessons about HD.
The main plot has a point and a destination. Mumble meets into Lovelace (Robin Williams) who is the penguin guru. (Much of the movie makes political points, for he wears an involuntary necklace made from a plastic six-pack ring.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too scary for little ones when the Leopard Seal pops up, mouth open , teeth right out therePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great story line! Easy for younger kids to follow, but interesting for adults as well. The music is great! A fun movie that holds your attention form start to finish! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Tina Marie
The music is mostly poor and the environmentalism is a little excessive. The animation is fantastic throughout, but it does not overcome the shallow characters.Published 6 days ago by Suss
The singing was entertaining and it had some humor (not Robin Williams' part though). Obviously it made political statements but those aren't why I didn't love it. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Aethelwolfe
Cold, boring and strangely claustrophobic, this was a very dreary and depressing movie. The story revolves around a penguin that can't sing but instead dances, and that's pretty... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
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|Is it a real region free Blu-Ray Disc ?||
One thing to watch out for however, is import duty! I recently had some Blu Ray's shipped from Amazon and not only did the delivery take a MONTH to get here (Germany) butI also had to pay import duty :( I'll think twice before I order anything again from USA..
Anyway, good luck!!
Apr 24, 2007 by Steve | See all 16 posts
|Is the "trick myself" scene missing on DVD?||
We just rented it tonight, and that scence was in there.
Apr 5, 2007 by G. Crowell | See all 2 posts
|Release Date Rumor and Special Features||
Double-dip in this case looks inevitable since this edition doesnt have any real "Making-ofs", commentary, deleted scenes..etc..etc
In a time when even crappy films are released on dvds with loaded extras, a barebone release of a successful and acclaimed film like this one only shows... Read More
Jan 20, 2007 by Technophobe | See all 2 posts
|Why do they keep bringing out Combo HD DVD/Standard DVDs?||
I too have this problem and it's my second set!
I'll be emailing Amazon for a resolution.
Feb 14, 2008 by R. Kwok | See all 3 posts
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