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 Moment of Funny:
    • Several, but basically anything The Amigos and Lovelace say.
    • The conclusion of the chase scene of Mumble and the leopard seal. "Oh no, he's coming! We'd better move in half an hour!" And then slow-mo running. Yeah.
    • When Mumble first displays his awful singing to the Amigos. "Yeah, I knew an animal who made that noise once. But then we turned him over and he was dead."
    • When baby Mumble asks about the GPS tracker on the lead skua's ankle, the skua (which for some reason has a Boston accent), launches into a story about how he was "abducted by aliens" (tagged by researchers and released). The others in his band kvetch about it to no end, and it's strongly implied that they've heard this story many times— to the point where they're mouthing along with his spiel behind his back.
    • In the sequel, any scene with Will and Bill.
  • 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, Britney 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...
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Lovelace, played by Robin Williams, is slowly being choked by a soda six pack ring. When he hung himself in 2014, that became much more relevant. Also can be considered Harsher in Hindsight.
    • 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: 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.
  • 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: The second film is considered inferior to the first film.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The last wild places in the world are worth protecting and preserving.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • This film will have definitely struck a chord with people who had to deal with their parents not accepting who they are.
    Mumble: Don't ask me to change, Pa... 'cause I can't.
    • Mumble's birth. All the other chicks are running around with their fathers, all the eggs have hatched, and his egg... is just silent. Maurice's weak assurances ("It happens sometimes"), coupled with Memphis's guilt-ridden, heartbroken expression is just...ow.
    • Mumble's months in the zoo. Especially since, for a minute or two, it honestly looks like the film's going to end there.
    • The young girl standing by the glass at the zoo, looking in at Mumble.
  • 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.