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Happy Feet

Equals sappy feet
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  February 20, 2007
1.0 1.0 Stars

Taking up where March of the Penguins left off, George Miller’s animated film imagines penguins who find love based on their heart songs — songs from the soul that speak to the penguin they’re meant to be with. Yuck. Of course, their heart songs are classic American pop — pity the penguin who tries to pitch woo by singing Grandmaster Flash. Elijah Wood stars as the voice of Mumbles, an Emperor penguin with the aforementioned happy feet. Mumbles can’t sing and is therefore shunned, but he can dance, so you know it’s all going to even out in the end. The penguins with wacky “personalities” include Mumbles’ parents, Memphis (Hugh Jackman doing a pretty good Elvis) and Norma Jean (Nicole Kidman); movie stars imitating dead celebrities is creepy but weirdly fascinating. Rounding out the cast of totally forgettable characters are Robin Williams, playing up the crazy, and Brittany Murphy, as the Mariah Carey–ish love interest. I’ll say it again: yuck.

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