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Initially, Prince refused to allow the use of his song, "Kiss", for the film. However, after seeing footage of the film, he not only changed his mind and allowed the song to be used, but also wrote an additional original song for the film to use in the closing credits.
Mumble features a faded dark spot directly under his neck in the shape of a bow tie. This was added to make Mumble's appearance more like a white tuxedo. This is both to emphasize the Fred Astaire resemblance and is also a play on "penguin suit", a slang term for a black tuxedo.
In December 2006, Nicole Kidman held a special screening of this film, for the ill children at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.
Norma Jean and Memphis are obviously named for Marilyn Monroe (who was born Norma Jean Mortensen) and Elvis Presley (who lived in Memphis, Tennessee). Their voices and mannerisms are imitations.
Not only does Steve Irwin provide the voice for one of the elephant seals, but he was also originally cast to play an albatross that Mumble encounters as he crosses the ocean after the aliens. The albatross scene was cut from the final movie, but you can see it in the DVD extras. The scene was cut before animation was complete, so no actual animation existed until they were preparing the DVD for release. The director and the production crew felt that they needed to do something following Steve Irwin's death, so they completed the scene and included in the DVD in remembrance of him.
This film is dedicated, among others, to Steve Irwin, whose last film this was.
First Best Animated Feature Oscar Winner to feature live-action, non-animated elements-as well as actual, telescopic imaging from space (the film must be at least 75% animated to reach Academy standards).
All of the dancers in the film had to go through "Penguin School" to capture the movements of penguins.
The dancers for the dance sequences not only had to wear motion capture sensor suits for their movement, but also had to wear special headgear to simulate the penguins' beaks to force them to accommodate the anatomical feature for their characters' dancing.
In order to tell the difference between the male and female emperor penguins, look at their beaks. If it has an orange spot, it's a male. If the spot is pink, it's a female. Also, the golden crest on the "breast" areas anthropomorphically correspond to gender differences.
The translation of Raul's Spanish speaking part of "Boogie Wonderland" is: "I am Raul, the coolest penguin, Latino of course, 100% Spanish! My brothers! (What?), they call me crazy. A little lady lights me like flame. The party- dance, dance little girl! My heart has dynamite! BOOM!, (Exactly! that he eats a shortcut!) Let me be your penguin daddy!"
When Mumble is dancing you can see three black spots over his ankle area, this is in reference to the spats that used to be worn over shoes in early Fred Astaire dancing movies.
"The Song of the Heart" is the final original song that Prince created for a movie. The song won him his only Golden Globe Award and he received a Grammy nomination for it as well.
The director used Savion Glover in a Motion Capture suit while tap dancing to record Mumble's dancing.
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).
Highest grossing film of the career of both Nicole Kidman and Brittany Murphy.
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This movie was one of the two types of media in 2006 in which Elijah Wood's character hatched from an egg and was forced to find where he belonged. The other was ''The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning (2006)'', where he voiced the title character, Spyro.
As of 2016, this is the first and only Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature to be released by Warner Bros Pictures.
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Only film in 2006 to be #1 at the US weekend box office for three consecutive weeks. It also managed to withhold Casino Royale (2006) from ever reaching weekend #1, as they opened the same day.
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Warner Bros considered a future IMAX 3D re-release as a possibility, having only released the film in IMAX 2D. This didn't go ahead, as Warner Bros, was on too tight a budget to release Happy Feet in IMAX digital 3D. However, the sequel was released in 3D.
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The first draft of the screenplay was presented to producers at Warner Bros Pictures in 2001. Production began in 2003.
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During production, the code title used for this film was "Cats Don't Dance (1997)".
So You Think You Can Dance Australia judge, Matt Lee, was the motion capture principle for Mumble in the film. He went on to play Bert in Cameron Mackintosh's production of Mary Poppins which, coincidentally, does not feature dancing penguins as in the film.
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Nicole Kidman's first, and currently only, animated voice role.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The "zoo" that Mumbles finds himself in is actually the penguin exhibit at Sea World, San Diego California
When Memphis is singing "Kiss", he stops when the helicopter arrived. He tells his son Mumble "I think you better dance now". This line is actually part of the song "Kiss" in the version by Tom Jones.

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