Penguins are cute aren’t they? Especially when they’re not the conniving ones from the “Madagascar” franchise. Anyways for those of you that don’t live here in New York, I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s started to feel a bit of a winter demo here in the last couple of days. That chilly climate somehow reminded me of 2006’s “Happy Feet” and how I kind of looked at the film when I was younger.
It is a bit of a musical, given the fact that our main “pro-penguinist” is one that can create a musical rhythm with his feet rather than his voice. The reason for this relevancy is because penguin mating in this film’s world, depends on a matching “heart song” between a male and a female. So to throw in a penguin with a foot-tapping ability, would mean to treat him as an outcast.
Like any other family film, it’s usually about that sense of being outcasted where the final moral of the story ends up being that your supposed weakness is in fact your greatest strength. “Happy Feet” delivers that kind of message in a unique kind of way, which is why I was a bit confused about what exactly was the film’s main message, when I first watched it. By this I’m referring to the ending with the governments deciding to take political matters into their own hands just because penguins were seen tap-dancing.
Fast-forward throughout the rest of the film and basically our main “pro-penguinist,” Mumble, succeeds in enthralling the penguin of his dreams, he travels throughout the rest of Antarctica’s “dangerous jungle,” and he becomes the hero of his home by convincing governments to stop Antarctic fishing, all thanks to his captivating tap-dancing talent.
If you’re looking for a film with beautiful animation, this is for you. If you’re looking for a family musical, this is definitely for you. If you’re looking for a positive film with high morals, both politically and ethically, this is also for you. Now if you’re looking for all of the above, you just happened to stumble by the right place. Everybody should check out this film at least once. It’s simple but it’s wonderfully endearing for any audience. Enough said.