History WesternAnimation / HappyFeet

15th Jun '17 7:44:14 PM GGCrono
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The protagonist of the film, a male emperor penguin named Mumble,cannot sing like all others of his colony, but he can tap dance. (Because his father Memphis dropped him as an egg, as he admits in an anguished public confession.) Separated from his colony, Mumble meets the Adelie Amigos, who later help him on a quest to get the fish back from "[[HumansAreCthulhu aliens]]" after he was thrown out of the Emperor Penguin colony by the elders.

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The protagonist of the film, a male emperor penguin named Mumble,cannot Mumble, cannot sing like all others of his colony, but he can tap dance. (Because his father Memphis dropped him as an egg, as he admits in an anguished public confession.) Separated from his colony, Mumble meets the Adelie Amigos, who later help him on a quest to get the fish back from "[[HumansAreCthulhu aliens]]" after he was thrown out of the Emperor Penguin colony by the elders.
15th May '17 12:42:13 PM AnotherGuy
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Penguins don't mate for life as implied in the film. They're monogamous -- for a year. Then they find a new mate.
15th May '17 12:40:25 PM AnotherGuy
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* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Taking on the "aliens" consuming all the fish is only going to end this way. [[spoiler:When Mumble finds a factory ship, he swims out to confront the aliens and clings on the rising net, but is easily dislodged, and the ship leaves without acknowledging him. He swims on to find the source - the narrator says he swam beyond all hope of return and became a legend. Eventually, he washes up on a distant shore to be recovered and put in a zoo. Finally face to face with "the aliens", he tries to communicates and, of course, fails. "After three days, he lost his voice. After three months, they said he had lost his mind." Then things pick up again.]]

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* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Taking on the "aliens" consuming all the fish is only going to end this way. [[spoiler:When Mumble finds a factory ship, he swims out to confront the aliens and clings on the rising net, but is easily dislodged, and the ship leaves without acknowledging him. He swims on to find the source - the narrator says he swam beyond all hope of return and became a legend. Eventually, he washes up on a distant shore to be recovered and put in a zoo. Finally face to face with "the aliens", he tries to communicates and, of course, fails. "After three days, he lost his voice. After three months, they said he had all but lost his mind." Then things pick up again.]]
15th May '17 12:36:03 PM AnotherGuy
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* NotSoAboveItAll: When confronted by aliens, every penguin realizes they always had the power to dance -- including and especially the Elder.
15th May '17 12:34:32 PM AnotherGuy
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Just replace the word "penguin" with "normal" every time someone tells Mumble he's not being, or acting like one. The entire first film portrays him like a person with autism.

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Just replace the word "penguin" with "normal" every time someone tells Mumble he's not being, or acting like one. The entire first film portrays him like a person with autism.
** The Tap Vs. Song moment in the film is treated like a religious schism. Unlike RealLife examples, both sides realize both viewpoints are not only not exclusive, but complementary.


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* UndyingLoyalty: A subtle example, but there was no reason for Ramon and the rest to remain in the Emperor penguin colony.
15th May '17 12:31:27 PM AnotherGuy
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* TitleDrop: Lovejoy dubs Mumble "Happy Feet". It becomes his surname.
15th May '17 12:23:00 PM AnotherGuy
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* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: What seems like a happy little singing-and-dancing penguin movie ends up having a ''lot'' more scope.
15th May '17 12:21:23 PM AnotherGuy
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-->'''Mumble:''' They don't even know we ''exist''.
15th May '17 12:14:24 PM AnotherGuy
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* TheChosenOne: Mumble, since he can't sing. Singing is useless when communicating with aliens. Dancing, however...
15th May '17 12:09:03 PM AnotherGuy
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* BilingualBonus: The Spanish portion of "Boogie Wonderland" Ramon sings translates as "I am Raul, the coolest penguin, Latino of course, one hundred percent 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! Let me be your penguin daddy!"

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* BilingualBonus: The Spanish portion of "Boogie Wonderland" Ramon Raul sings translates as "I am Raul, the coolest penguin, Latino of course, one hundred percent 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! Let me be your penguin daddy!"


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* GreekChorus: Ramon and the rockhoppers commentary during Mumble shooing Gloria away.


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* {{Troll}}: Seriously, the rockhoppers singing "Baby Don't Go" after Gloria storms off isn't appreciated by Mumble.
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