YMMV / Happy Feet

  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: There's the Green Aesop about overfishing, pollution, global warming and animals in captivity. And then there's the Aesop about being yourself. And then there's the Aesop that you should not put all your faith in religion but also need to take action yourself. And then there's the Acceptance Aesop, where you're encouraged to accept others for who they are. While many Acceptance Aesops in children's films recently have been the Gay Aesop (and that is still some people's interpretation), Happy Feet seems more about accepting people on the Autistic Spectrum.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Perhaps the whales were just trying to get the plastic holder off of Lovelace's neck the whole time, then chased them onto shore and left? Would explain why they focus on him in particular when the others are perfectly fine meals in and of themselves.
  • Anvilicious: The "save the penguins" message can get heavy-handed to some.
  • Awesome Music: Courtesy of John Powell.
  • Better Than It Sounds Film: Dancing penguins. Tap dancing penguins.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Mumble encouraging the entire penguin population to dance for the "aliens".
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • Gloria's rendition of "Somebody to Love" and "Boogie Wonderland" deserve mention. Then again, all the music in the film had the same unique sound and great energy to it. The actual score - as opposed to the songs - has some particularly breathtaking moments.
    • For a bonus, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Brittany Murphy, and Robin Williams are doing their own singing for their characters.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Both of Robin Williams' characters, Ramón and Lovelace. The former even gets a larger role in the second film.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • Oh boy, this is another place where things get awkward for some viewers. Pick one! (But please no Edit Wars, thank you.)
    • Animals are only interesting when they act like humans.
    • If something new and different comes along, everyone must ditch their old traditions and go along with the new thing. Or else...
  • Fanon: A common theory holds that Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" is actually Mumble's heartsong. He gleefully dances to it as a chick, it comes up throughout the film, and the beat he taps out for Gloria initially seems to match it.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Lovelace, played by Robin Williams, is slowly being choked by a soda six pack ring. Robin Williams himself would later hang himself.
    • Likewise, in the sequel movie's first trailer, Eric is accidentally pushed by Bryan and appears to be hanged by a rope around his neck, holding him up. Don't worry, he is fine afterwards, but Williams had no such luck, unfortunately.
    • And then again, there is Robin's other character, Ramón, trying to drown himself after assuming that he'll never find love in the second movie.
  • Ho Yay: Will and Bill have a lot of it. Special mention goes to Bill wanting to start a colony together.
    Will: We're both male.
    Bill: We'll adopt!
  • Hype Backlash: Coming out in between March of the Penguins and Surf's Up didn't do this movie's reputation many favors (of course, box office numbers don't lie), not did its Academy Award win for "Best Animated Feature" at the 2007 Oscars (though to be fair, the other two choices were Cars and Monster House, making it more an award for "least disliked").
  • Nightmare Fuel: The zoo scene, as well as the two attacks from the seal and whale listed previously.
    • One of the posters for the second film is this gigantic closeup of Erik's head buried in ice/snow. It can come across as overly cute or this.
  • Sequelitis: Many feel that the second movie is just a mediocre rehash of what the made the first movie so good. The shift to a Lighter and Softer, Denser and Wackier tone hasn't helped the franchise either.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The last wild places in the world are worth protecting and preserving.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In the sequel, Sven's mistrust of humans due to his discovery that they eat birds amounts to... absolutely nothing. He simply runs and hides when the humans come to the rescue, and returns when they leave, and never shares his discovery with anyone.
  • Uncanny Valley: During some of the more obvious motion capture sequences, as you may have noticed that human anatomy and penguin anatomy is wildly different. Plus there's something unsettling about seeing Elijah Wood's eyes looking out of an otherwise realistic penguin face.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The animation for the water and ice in both movies look amazing. Also, all the dancing penguins.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • Guess who's doing those impressions of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley! Satine and Wolverine, that's who!
    • Tyler Durden and Jason Bourne as the comedy relief shrimp? You heard that right!
    • The choice of director is the most baffling thing about the entire film. A movie about dancing CG penguins... directed by the same guy who directed Mad Max.
      • Not as shocking when you consider that this and The Road Warrior are basically the same film - except that one involves penguins and is generally less bloody, and the car chases are substituted with musical sequences.