Trivia / Happy Feet

  • Actor Allusion: Mumble has icy blue eyes like his voice actor, Elijah Wood.
    • Inevitable, since he was performing through motion capture, but when Mumble dances, he glances at his feet the same way Savion Glover does.
  • All-Star Cast: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Hugo Weaving, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, Robin Williams and Steve Irwin.
  • Box Office Bomb: The second film. Budget, $135 million. Box office, $64,006,466 (domestic), $150,406,466 (worldwide). This lost Warner $40 million and led to Miller returning to action with Mad Max: Fury Road.
  • Dueling Movies: With Surf's Up. Happy Feet was the clear winner financially, but both went over well with critics.
  • Franchise Killer: The box office failure of Happy Feet Two and the lack of new ideas has put the film series on hiatus as of 2015. Even George Miller isn't sure how he's going to pull off a third film. Crucial co-star Robin Williams committing suicide several years later made the outcome of a third film even more uncertain.
  • In Memoriam: Of Steve Irwin, who voiced the leopard 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.
  • The Other Darrin: Pink is the new voice of Gloria in the sequel due to Author Existence Failure on Brittany Murphy's part. Common replaces Fat Joe as Seymour in the sequel.
  • 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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