Happy Feet

2006 animated film directed by George Miller

Happy Feet is a 2006 American-Australian computer-animated 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. There is a sequel to Happy Feet released in 2011.

Happy Feet
Directed byGeorge Miller
Written byWarren Coleman
John Collee
George Miller
Judy Morris
Produced byGeorge Miller
Doug Mitchell
Bill Miller
StarringRobin Williams
Music byJohn Powell
Gia Farrell
Distributed byVillage Roadshow Pictures (Australia)
Golden Village Entertainment (Singapore)
Warner Bros. (all other areas)
Release dates
November 17, 2006 (U.S.)
December 8, 2006 (UK)
December 26, 2006 (Australia)
Running time
108 minutes
United States

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

Plot change

Happy Feet is set in an Emperor Penguin colony, where each penguin must sing a song called a "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 Ramón, 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 lot of commercial trawlers, ships that are fishing in the Antarctic waters, and Mumble follows them. Eventually, he is caught and put on display in a 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.

Cast change

Actor Penguin and/or Other Animal
Hugh Jackman Memphis
Nicole Kidman Norma Jean
Hugo Weaving Noah the Elder
Brittany Murphy Gloria
Robin Williams Ramón / Lovelace
Elijah Wood Mumble
Carlos Alazraqui Néstor
Lombardo Boyar Raul
Jeff Garcia Rinaldo
Johnny A. Sanchez Lombardo
Fat Joe Seymour
Magda Szubanski Miss Viola
Miriam Margolyes Mrs. Astrakhan/Animals
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/Animals
Richard Carter Barry/Animals
Peter Cullen The Leopard Seal/Animals
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