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Happy Feet (2006)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  17 November 2006 (USA)
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Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nestor (voice)
Raul (voice)
Rinaldo (voice) (as Jeff Garcia)
Lombardo (voice) (as Johnny Sanchez III)
Ramon / Lovelace (voice)
Mumble (voice)
Gloria (voice)
Memphis (voice)
Norma Jean (voice)
Noah the Elder (voice)
Baby Mumble (voice) (as E.G. Daily)
Miss Viola (voice)
Mrs. Astrakhan (voice)
Seymour (voice)
Baby Gloria (voice)


This is the story of a little penguin named Mumble who has a terrible singing voice and later discovers he has no Heartsong. However, Mumble has an astute talent for something that none of the penguins had ever seen before: tap dancing. Though Mumble's mom, Norma Jean, thinks this little habit is cute, his dad, 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 Emperor Land, who ultimately casts him out of the community. Away from home for the first time, Mumble meets a posse of decidedly un-Emperor-like penguins--the Adelie Amigos. Led by Ramon, the Adelies instantly embrace Mumble's cool dance moves and invite him to party with... Written by Anthony Pereyra <>

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WARNING: May Cause Toe-Tapping. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild peril and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Happy Feet: The IMAX Experience  »

Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$41,533,432 (USA) (17 November 2006)


$197,992,827 (USA) (4 May 2007)

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Gloria and Mumble are tumbling around on the ice after emerging from the water, they briefly slide into a human mating position (facing each other, lying down) and then slide into a penguin mating position (with Gloria on her belly and Mumble behind her). See more »


When Memphis and Norma Jean find each other in the crowd (when the females are returning), one penguin in the center of the screen walks through another penguin. See more »


[first lines]
Penguin #1: [singing] Once there was a way to get back homeward.
Penguin #2: [singing] Are the stars out tonight?
Penguin #1: [singing] Once there was a way to get back home.
Penguin #2: [singing] I only have eyes for you.
Penguin #1: [singing] Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry.
Penguin #2: [singing] For you.
Penguin #1: [singing] And I will sing a lullaby.
Penguin #3: [singing] With a song in my heart.
Penguin #4: [singing] So tell me / Tell me something good / Yeah, yeah, yeah / Tell me that you love me. / Tell me, baby. / Tell me something good.
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Unchained Melody
Written by Alex North and Hy Zaret
(c) 1954 Frank Music Corp / EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited
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Fabulous Movie!!!
5 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really appreciated that this movie was as adorable as it was. If you are looking for a movie that will make you want to laugh and cry, and will definitely have you thinking (about taking dance lessons & about the world as it is now) then this is the movie for you. While the movie has some dark turns, it tackles the environmental issues that the whole world is being confronted with in a way that is neither overbearing, nor too old for children. Not only did this movie make me want a penguin of my own, but it made me want to help our world stop over producing, and start preserving. More importantly, if you want to take kids to see this movie, its perfect. There's a good chance they will be waddling like a penguin for a week!

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