Trivia / Happy Feet

  • Actor Allusion
    • Mumble has icy blue eyes like his voice actor, Elijah Wood.
    • While his being motion-captured made this inevitable, Mumble glances at his feet when he dances the same way Savion Glover does.
  • All-Star Cast: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Hugo Weaving, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, Robin Williams and Steve Irwin.
  • Author Existence Failure:
    • Averted with Steve Irwin, who recorded all of his lines shortly before his death.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Prince originally denied the filmmakers permission to use "Kiss," but as soon as he was shown footage, he loved it enough to not only change his mind but write a new song for the soundtrack.
  • Dueling Movies: With Surf's Up. Happy Feet was the clear winner financially, but both went over well with critics.
  • Follow the Leader: Subverted. The film had a long enough gestation period, with physical production beginning in 1997, that he ended up coming out after March of the Penguins, giving the general public the impression that the former was capitalizing on the latter. Because there's No Such Thing as Bad Publicity, this film became a huge hit.
  • In Memoriam: Of Steve Irwin, who voiced the elephant seals and, in a deleted scene, an albatross.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Unlike Mumble, Elijah Wood is actually a pretty decent singer — as is E.G. Daily, the voice of young Mumble, who is a professional singer.
  • Talent Double: Sort of. While most of the character animation is done from scratch, the dancing is all motion captured.
  • Talking to Himself: Robin Williams, in a rare example of it being pretty obvious.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • As mentioned on the main page, the film was originally going to have actual aliens.
    • Also, some Happy Feet storybooks and posters show Mumble as a fully-fledged Emperor Penguin. This is because until late in the film's production, it was intended for Mumble to lose his down feathers during his pursuit of the fishing fleet. However, it was decided that Mumble would keep half of his juvenile down throughout the story, to make him different to the other Emperor Penguins. Here are a few images of adult Mumble:
    • Mumble moulting:
    • The film was originally announced to also be released in IMAX 3D, but it was later dropped, as it would have used up a lot of the budget. There are a few scenes where it's noticeable that it was originally to be in 3D, however. The 3D effect was present in the second film, most likely due to the revive of the format.
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