Title: Happy Feet
Directors: George Millar
Notable Actors: Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman
Age Group: All Ages
What It's About: Before Mumble hatched, his father dropped his egg in the snow. That's what he blames Mumble's oddities on — his inability to sing, his constant toe-tapping... it's just not penguin, and the Elders say that's why the fish are disappearing. Mumble has to prove them wrong.
Why VZG Recommends It: Happy Feet is one of those movies you see as something for kids at first, but it's definitely entertaining for adults, too. It's not even just because it takes great songs like Queen's Somebody to Love and Stevie Wonder's I Wish and puts them into the beaks of penguins, though that certainly got my blood pumping. I had a grin plastered across my face throughout the movie, and it got the honor of being one of those movies I see multiple times in theaters.
And Robin Williams? This is the Robin Williams I loved as a kid. This is the one who brought energy to the Genie in Disney's Aladdin and to Battty Koda in FernGully: The Last Rainforest. He does two voices in Happy Feet, but while his work as Lovelace is good, it's as the little Adelie Penguin Ramón that he adds just the right amount of spice to the movie. He sings My Way surprisingly well, too — mostly in Spanish.
The film has an environmentalism flavor to it, too — enough of one that Steve Irwin contributed a voice to it in a very minor role before his passing. I think he would have been proud of it.