Happy Feet [Blu-ray]
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Top Customer Reviews
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
It was more political & depressing than fun. I'd prefer to see a fun kids movie that teaches good life lessons. Finding Dory was excellent!Published 6 days ago by Ginner
Awesome for all ages, especially with an unsettled world, SMILE'S abound!Published 7 days ago by Jeanne from Maryland
i purchased the SD version of happy feet for my 2 yr old who absolutely loves this movie and the picture quality and sound was horrible so i purchased the HD version and was very... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this for my 2-yr-old grandson. We've watched it several times and he likes it. I think there are a lot of adult themes in here that go over his head, but the animation... Read morePublished 23 days ago by A. Stamford
We love this movie. However, I would say it's not for very young kids or kids who scare easily. There are a few parts that are rather intense for small kids. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Britt
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