History WesternAnimation / HappyFeet

12th Jan '17 12:52:27 PM HawkbitAlpha
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* LargeHam: Lovelace and Noah, especially the former.
20th Dec '16 5:57:48 AM TrueBlue170
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** Doubles as [[IronyAsSheIsCast Ironic considering that Elijah Wood is actually a pretty decent singer.

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** Doubles as [[IronyAsSheIsCast Ironic Ironic]] considering that Elijah Wood is actually a pretty decent singer.
20th Dec '16 5:57:19 AM TrueBlue170
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** Doubles as Ironic considering that Elijah Wood is actually a pretty decent singer.

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** Doubles as [[IronyAsSheIsCast Ironic considering that Elijah Wood is actually a pretty decent singer.
29th Oct '16 10:37:45 PM OnTheHillside
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** Erik's talent turns out to be [[spoiler:opera...just like another famous [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Erik]]]]. Also, Mumble's mother is named "Norma Jean," which was MarilynMonroe's birth name.
* MistakenForAfterlife: [[spoiler: An inversion of the trope's usual form - when Mumble wakes up in the zoo enclosure, the other penguins tell him he's now in heaven, but he doesn't agree. (It's a environment tailored to their comfort, safe from predators and with a guaranteed food supply - from their point of view, it couldn't be better.)]]

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** Erik's talent turns out to be [[spoiler:opera...just like another famous [[Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Erik]]]]. Also,
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Mumble's mother is named "Norma Jean," which was MarilynMonroe's birth name.
* MistakenForAfterlife: [[spoiler: An inversion of the trope's usual form - when Mumble wakes up in the zoo enclosure, the other penguins tell him he's now in heaven, but he doesn't agree. (It's a environment tailored to their comfort, safe from predators and with a guaranteed food supply - from their point of view, it couldn't be better.better, though the film also implies they're somewhat brain fried.)]]
23rd Oct '16 8:40:20 AM DrNoPuma
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* MonstrousSeal: A leopard seal is a recurring antagonist of the penguin heroes.
6th Jul '16 8:49:42 PM TargetmasterJoe
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Notice how all the penguins hatch out of their eggs with their beaks first, except Mumble, who's first bodyparts we see are his feet. And dancing.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Notice how all the penguins hatch out of their eggs with their beaks first, except Mumble, who's first bodyparts body parts we see are his feet. And dancing.



**This is further confirmed by the release of an early, undated draft of the screenplay, which includes the above mentioned ending, as well as an even darker tone - confirming that, among other things, the film was originally and unequivocally aimed at much narrower age-bracket, rather than the all-embracing tone of the finished film. The characters all curse like sailors, and the famine subplot is even further examined, along with the penguin society and religion, various character name changes and a much more eclectic soundtrack, featuring The Who, The Ramones, Iggy Pop and later-era Beatles, in place of what would become John Powell's orchestral soundtrack. You can find it [[http://www.http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Happy-Feet.html here.]]

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**This is further confirmed by the release of an early, undated draft of the screenplay, which includes the above mentioned ending, as well as an even darker tone - confirming that, among other things, the film was originally and unequivocally aimed at much narrower age-bracket, rather than the all-embracing tone of the finished film. The characters all curse like sailors, and the famine subplot is even further examined, along with the penguin society and religion, various character name changes and a much more eclectic soundtrack, featuring The Who, The Ramones, Iggy Pop and later-era Beatles, in place of what would become John Powell's orchestral soundtrack. You can find it [[http://www.http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Happy-Feet.html here.]]
7th Jun '16 2:48:43 PM N8han11
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On the other hand, some viewers have criticized the film's use of [[SerkisFolk motion-capture]], particularly during the dance sequences. Others have expressed dismay at the film's perceived {{Family Unfriendly Aesop}}s.

A sequel was released on November 18th, 2011 (it currently does not have its own article). It centers on Mumble's son Erik, who is going through an identity crisis similar to the one his father had, and their attempt to save the colony from a giant iceberg that has blocked their way to the ocean. A subplot follows the adventures of two krill, Will and Bill, who stray from their swarm and head off to find their destiny. An official trailer (showcasing the same type of ParentalBonus songs as its predecessor) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twYq5QkNPKw can be seen here]].

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On the other hand, some viewers have criticized the film's use of [[SerkisFolk motion-capture]], particularly during the dance sequences. Others have expressed dismay at the film's perceived {{Family Unfriendly Aesop}}s.

A sequel was released on November 18th, 2011 (it currently does not have its own article).2011. It centers on Mumble's son Erik, who is going through an identity crisis similar to the one his father had, and their attempt to save the colony from a giant iceberg that has blocked their way to the ocean. A subplot follows the adventures of two krill, Will and Bill, who stray from their swarm and head off to find their destiny. An official trailer (showcasing the same type of ParentalBonus songs as its predecessor) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twYq5QkNPKw can be seen here]].



* StalkingIsLove: Rather uncomfortably played straight with Ramon and Carmen in the sequel. They've never even had a ''conversation''.
** To be fair, none of the penguins have before choosing their mate, remember? The Emperor penguins sing to each other and the Adelie penguins more realistically give pebbles. Ramon and Carmen don't hook up much different than the rest.

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* StalkingIsLove: Rather uncomfortably played straight with Ramon and Carmen in the sequel. They've never even had a ''conversation''.
** To be fair, none of the penguins have before choosing their mate, remember? The Emperor penguins sing to each other and the Adelie penguins more realistically give pebbles. Ramon and Carmen don't hook up much different than the rest.
''conversation''. Justified as per Penguin tradition.



* TranslationConvention: And some FridgeBrilliance in one. Emperor Penguins tell their mates in colonies by their vocalizations, which humans can't readily distinguish differences in but the penguins can. How to translate these subtle vocal variations into human terms? Have them each sing a different song!
** It becomes a PlotPoint, because all the humans hear when Mumble tries to speak to them is squawking. ''Dancing'' is a ''visual'' medium, and the humans realize something is wrong when pegnuins begin to ''dance'' like humans (and are led to believe that humans did it to them somehow.)

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* TranslationConvention: And some FridgeBrilliance in one. Emperor Penguins tell their mates in colonies by their vocalizations, which humans can't readily distinguish differences in but the penguins can. How to translate these subtle vocal variations into human terms? Have them each sing a different song!
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song! It becomes a PlotPoint, because all the humans hear when Mumble tries to speak to them is squawking. ''Dancing'' is a ''visual'' medium, and the humans realize something is wrong when pegnuins begin to ''dance'' like humans (and are led to believe that humans did it to them somehow.)
7th Jun '16 2:45:06 PM N8han11
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* EarnYourHappyEnding: YMMV depending on how you perceive said trope, Mumble goes through a lot before his story is done.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: YMMV depending on how you perceive said trope, Mumble goes through a lot before his story is done.
9th Apr '16 10:40:24 PM Josef5678
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Dancing and singing aside, the original film also contains religious themes and parallels, and puts ''a lot'' of effort into showing how ''harsh'' life can be in Antarctica. Heck it shows how hard life is as an animal in general when compared to humans.
9th Apr '16 9:03:38 PM BrightLight
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