Hyperpat\’s HyperDay

SF, science, and daily living

How to Feel Good

Posted by hyperpat on November 22, 2006

It would appear that we not only have happy penguins, we have a happy customer – me. I saw Happy Feet last Friday, and I was impressed with its good story line, excellent music choices, a very nice visual portrayal of not just Emperor penguins but also a couple of other species, and just how well some of the actors characters became the on-screen persona (Robin Williams’ Ramon role is near perfect). I did think the environmental message was played a little heavy, and the portrayed ‘solution’ came about much too easily and was too simple, but it really didn’t interfere with the sheer entertainment factor this movie has. As is typical for these types of animated movies these days, some of the jokes are really meant for the adults watching, and will fly over the heads of the youngsters – which is just fine with me. People younger than about 30 may also not catch some of the musical references, which for me anyway added a lot to this movie.

So go see it, and feel good for the rest of the day.

2 Responses to “How to Feel Good”

  1. Peter said

    I saw this movie 2 days ago – brought my son and daughter (4 and 5). They both enjoyed it, but my daughter was a bit frightened during the sea lion chase. Robin Williams is a riot (as always), and most\all of his jokes and references went over the kids heads. It was clever how they blended live figures (of the humans-aliens) with the animated characters.
    Have you seen Borat yet? My wife and I saw that. We laughed at quite a lot, but at a few points it got too mean spirited – so we had mixed feelings about the show. Seems he is making fun of the smug, foolish, and ignorant.

  2. hyperpat said

    Haven’t seen Borat, and don’t plan to. What I’ve heard in various reviews and articles about this jives with your feeling of mean-spirited, and many of the scenarios just don’t seem to be the stuff from which light-hearted laughter can be had. Not my cup of tea.

    I did notice that quite a few of the kids at the Happy Feet movie reacted rather strongly to the sea-lion chase – but the end of that, where the sea-lion is shown to be completely helpless and an object of derision on land, seemed to calm all of them down. And this was one joke even the youngest could get.

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