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laurie_robey is watching Happy Feet in the other room. So far it's everything I dreaded. I wonder when Yukon Cornelius and the Isle of Misfit Toys show up?

-The Gneech


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Apr. 29th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
To be sure, I would have liked a movie about dancing and singing penguins, as long as the dancing and singing was fun enough. But to politik in a movie and break up the flow is just...just...bad!

I'm actually sorry I bought it for my GF.
Apr. 29th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
Oh, and don't forget the big environmental message at the end! This is a children's movie after all, and they can't just be entertaining, they have to have a message
Apr. 29th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
At the end? It pretty much permeated the entire movie. I was expecting Al Gore to pop up at any moment...
Apr. 29th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
Three cheers for all us misfit toys! ;P -Frisk
Apr. 29th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
I picked that for my movie on my movie night. What a _terrible_ movie! It could have been good, but I didn't care about _any_ of the characters. Plus, why didn't they put the song "Happy Feet" in the damned movie? I'm glad I rented it & didn't buy it.....
Apr. 29th, 2007 04:48 am (UTC)
And yet, the stupid thing won the Oscar.

Fortunately, both the Golden Globes and the Annies went to the correct choice, "Cars."
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Apr. 29th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
I thoroughly enjoyed it, myself. I loved the music, I was blown away by the animation, the humor actually made me laugh, and I thought the scenes at the abandoned whaling station and when Mumbles is chasing after the vast, implacable fishing boat were downright LOVECRAFTIAN.
May. 3rd, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
I think it was one of the greatest animated movies ever made. It transcended the usual talking-animal movie, because (1) it took its characters seriously, (2) if you watch carefully, it didn't make them very much smarter than the real animals they were based on (the speech and singing is essentially "translation" into English from Penguin, and none of the concepts expressedd are particularly difficult or subtle ones).

And you got the "Lovecraftian" part spot-on (which is funny, considering what Lovecraft set in Antarctica, and just which non-shoggoth life his heroes encountered there). Humans, from the viewpoint of the Antarctic animals, are essentially hideous and incomprehensible super-powerful alien beings with powers and purposes beyond penguin understanding, but whose (from the main characters' POV) malevolent actions threaten the survival of Life As We Know It.

The "but they were men" moment, when Mumbles actually realizes the humans are not utterly beyond his understanding, comes when one of them falls down trying to duplicate his routine. At that point he grasps that the humans, while awesomely powerful, are fallible creatures, of the same basic kind as penguins.

Oh, and to directly address the "outcast misfit" topic, one of the great things about the movie is its depiction of character development: through a series of delineated incidents, Mumbles Happy Feet (note that he earns a Heroic Epithet?) evolves from a freak, tolerated only by a few loved ones such as his parents and Gloria; to a dissident leader, with a following and sympathizers (the point of the "Leader of the Pack" song); to the savior of his whole nation.

How many "funny talking animal" movies can achieve that?
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