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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 <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Everybody Dance Now! 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)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(8 channels)| |



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The director used Savion Glover in a Motion Capture suit while tap dancing to record Mumble's dancing. See more »


When Mumble and the Amigos are outrunning the avalanche, Mumble hangs in mid-air for a few seconds, and Ramon grabs onto Mumble from behind before they fall. Looked at closely, Ramon's flipper passes through Mumble's feathers right before they nose-dive down the slope. 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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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are slanted upwards. See more »


Referenced in Natholdet - med Anders Breinholt: Ane Cortzen (2012) See more »


Where Is the Love
Written by Ralph MacDonald and William Salter
Cherry Lane / Antisia Music Inc / Universal Music Publishing Ltd
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User Reviews

A visual masterpiece.
13 November 2006 | by (Edmonton, Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie set the bar at a new level for animation. This is a great companion piece to "March of the Penguins". (In fact, you should see "March of the Penguins" before seeing this one.) While the stock animated movie script still seems be 'cute-yet-quirky animals on quest', this one pulls it off better than most.

Arguably, the film makers tried to cram too many songs into the soundtrack. And the story didn't need to be as long as it was but the overall environmental message was good.

In the end, you'll look how the choices of our 'modern' lifestyles affect the rest of the world.

This movie is definitely worth the watch -- and a discussion with your kids afterward.

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