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Happy Feet Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… trippy. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The essence of this inventive though erratic animated feature is joyous music and eye-popping motion.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The dazzling animation, catchy songs and Broadway-worthy dance numbers give the film even broader appeal.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A moderately adorable, musically wacky, ecologically activist CG family comedy.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    This animated all-penguin musical is terrific fun.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Ultra-cute kid flick has a few scary, emotional moments.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will definitely want to see this appealing animated film. The movie includes themes of humans intruding on natural habitats but avoids the heavy-duty questions of how to solve the problem. Some of the chase sequences and elephant seal scenes might be scary for younger kids. Also, racial stereotypes come into play: Latin-inspired penguins are caricatured as party-loving animals, and an African-American-type penguin comes across as an oversexed, fundamentalist preacher. Still, the movie's themes of social acceptance and embracing your own uniqueness shine through.

  • Families can talk about how to accept and embrace each person's unique qualities. What makes Mumble different from the other penguins? Do you think it's hard for him to pursue his dream even when the others think it's weird?
  • Why do some people think that everyone should conform and "fit in"? Has there ever been a time when you didn't feel like you fit in? How did that make you feel?
  • How can people's individual abilities benefit their community and the larger world?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Kids are likely to pick up some "talking points" about conservation and environmentalism. They'll also learn the importance of being true to yourself.

  • message true1

    Messages: Despite the fact that the main character is initially ostracized for being different, ultimately, the message of embracing your own uniqueness shines through. The movie also has strong environmental messages and themes.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: A young penguin stands out from his flock because he's different. He tries to compensate for his "handicap" by doing something (dancing) that sets him apart from the others, but they still treat him poorly for his weirdness -- though they eventually sing another tune. On the other hand, there's some stereotyping.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: The penguins are attacked by scary elephant seals. They must face cold and blizzards.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: The penguins must sing a unique "heart song" to find a mate. Mumble bumps into another penguin's private parts. Reference to male penguins not wanting to hug each other. Some innuendoes from a male penguin about female penguins wanting him.

  • language false0

    Language: "Freakin'," reference to kissing penguins' butts.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable