Friday, April 27, 2007

Happy Feet (2006)

***½
Australia/USA

A strange, oddly paced cartoon about a toe-tapping penguin's identity crisis in an all-singing penguin society. It starts off on a shaky note: the awkward, tuneless celebrity voices don't gel with the characters and, while an awful lot appears to be happening very quickly, none of it runs very smoothly or makes very much sense. It's only about an hour into the picture that the story kicks into high gear and morphs into an exciting, entrancing adventure, with grand, awe-inspiring visuals along with some left-field but uncannily effective messages about things like religious fundamentalism and keeping the planet happy.

dir: George Miller, Warren Coleman, Judy Morris
voices of: Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Hugo Weaving, Anthony LaPaglia, Miriam Margolyes, Magda Szubanski, Elizabeth Daily, Steve Irwin

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