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Happy Feet (2006)

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Animation, Adventure, Comedy |

Happy Feet is computer-animated musical comedy film directed, produced, and co-written by George Miller. It stars the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, and E.G. Daily. An international co-production between the United States and Australia, the film was produced at Sydney-based visual effects and animation studio Animal Logic for Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, and Kingdom Feature Productions, and was released in North American theaters on 17 November 2006. It is the first animated film produced by Kennedy Miller and Animal Logic.

Though primarily an animated film, the film does incorporate motion capture of live action humans in certain scenes. The film was simultaneously released in both conventional theatres and in IMAX 2D format. The studio had hinted that a future IMAX 3D release was a possibility. However, Warner Bros., the film’s production company, was on too tight a budget to release Happy Feet in IMAX digital 3D.

Every emperor penguin sings a unique song called a “heartsong” to attract a mate. If the male penguin’s heartsong matches the female’s song, the two penguins mate. Norma Jean, a female penguin, falls for Memphis, a male penguin and they become mates. They lay an egg, which is left in Memphis’ care, while Norma Jean leaves with the other females to fish. While the males struggle through the harsh winter, Memphis briefly drops the egg. The resulting chick, Mumble, is unable to sing but can tap dance. Nevertheless, he is enamored with Gloria, a female penguin who is regarded as the most talented of her age. One day, Mumble encounters a group of hostile skua, with a leader who is tagged with a yellow band, which he says is from an alien abduction. Mumble narrowly escapes the hungry birds by falling into a crevice.

Directors: George Miller, Warren Coleman (co-director), Judy Morris (co-director)

Writers: George Miller, John Collee, Judy Morris, Warren Coleman

Stars: Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, Elizabeth Daily

Cast:

Carlos AlazraquiNestor (voice)
Lombardo BoyarRaul (voice)
Jeffrey GarciaRinaldo (voice) (as Jeff Garcia)
Johnny A. SanchezLombardo (voice) (as Johnny Sanchez III)
Robin WilliamsRamon / Lovelace (voice)
Elijah WoodMumble (voice)
Brittany MurphyGloria (voice)
Hugh JackmanMemphis (voice)
Nicole KidmanNorma Jean (voice)
Hugo WeavingNoah the Elder (voice)
Elizabeth DailyBaby Mumble (voice) (as E.G. Daily)
Magda SzubanskiMiss Viola (voice)
Miriam MargolyesMrs. Astrakhan (voice)
Fat JoeSeymour (voice)
Alyssa ShaferBaby Gloria (voice)
Cesar FloresBaby Seymour (voice)
Anthony LaPagliaBoss Skua (voice)
Danny MannDino / Zoo Penguin (voice)
Mark KlastorinVinnie (voice)
Michael CornacchiaFrankie (voice)
Steve IrwinTrev (voice)
Nick McKayNev (voice) (as Nicholas McKay)
Tiriel MoraKev (voice)
Richard CarterBarry / Live Action Cast (voice)
Lee PerryElder / Zoo Penguin (voice)
Alan ShearmanElder (voice)
Larry MossElder (voice)
Peter CarrollElder (voice)
Giselle LorenAdélie Chica (voice)
Michelle ArthurAdélie Chica (voice)
Denise BlasorAdélie Chica (voice)
Dee Bradley BakerMaurice (voice)
Roger RoseLeopard Seal (voice)
Chrissie HyndeMichelle (voice)
Charlotte GillmanLive Action Cast
Warren ColemanLive Action Cast
Felix WilliamsonLive Action Cast
Carly AndrewsLive Action Cast
Cassandra SwabyLive Action Cast
Winston CooperLive Action Cast
Henry NixonLive Action Cast
Kelly TraceyLive Action Cast
Yann Le BerreLive Action Cast
Belinda BromilowLive Action Cast
Alan ZitnerLive Action Cast
Dasi RuzLive Action Cast
Helmut BakaitisLive Action Cast
Simon WestawayLive Action Cast
J. Grant Albrecht(voice) (as Grant Albrecht)
Logan Arens(voice)
Charles Bartlett(voice)
Shane Baumel(voice)
Taylor Beacom(voice) (as T.J. Beacom)
Kwesi Boakye(voice)
A.J. Buckley(voice)
Erin Chambers(voice)
Rickey D’Shon Collins(voice) (as Ricky D’Shon Collins)
Scotty Cox(voice) (as Scott E. Cox)
Django Craig(voice)
Nicholas DeLaurentis(voice)
Olivia DeLaurentis(voice)
Chris Edgerly(voice)
Efrain Figueroa(voice)
Jeff Fischer(voice)
Sonje Fortag(voice)
Spencer Lacey Ganus(voice) (as Spencer Ganus)
Khamani Griffin(voice)
Khadijah(voice) (as Khadijah Haqq)
Aldis Hodge(voice)
Fisher Keene(voice)
Arif S. KinchenSkuas (voice)
Michael Krepack(voice)
Libby Lynch(voice)
Diane Michelle(voice)
Ryan Munck(voice)
Christian Pikes(voice)
Steve Pinto(voice)
Zoë Raye(voice)
Noreen Reardon(voice)
Eliana Reyes(voice)
Nicole Richmond(voice)
Aimee Roldan(voice)
Kyndell Rose Crowell(voice) (as Kyndell Rose)
Alyssa Smith(voice)
Mari Weiss(voice)
Billy ‘Sly’ Williams(voice) (as Billy Williams)
Rachel York(voice)
Seishirô KatôBaby Mumble (voice)
Eli King(voice)
Mikaila BaumelBaby Penguin (voice) (uncredited)
Craig Ricci ShaynakAdditional Voices (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre YermaAdvisor to the Russian Diplomat (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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