Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Happy Feet

I went to see Happy Feet in December. I've been looking forward to seeing it since I first saw the trailer last February, and after a long period of waiting I finally got to see it.

I was encouraged by reviews such as
is just the kind of feel-good animated film that works on a few different levels; it'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry, and it'll inevitably, unquestionably, make you tap your toes or bounce your leg, right there in the theater. It's charming and exquisitely detailed, and it succeeds where it really counts: It makes you really feel for the lovable lead penguin, Mumble- Dan Franzen
and from other people who obviously got LSD dosed munchies at their cinema.

Arriving at the cinema filled with excitement, I managed to finish my very large box of popcorn before the movie started. This was due to the fact that I was a bit hungry as I had not eaten that day and because there was an exteneded batch of trailers and adverts for childrens toys, games, DVDs, you name it that lasted 45 minutes. This at a 21:30 viewing where there were no children below fourteen years old.

All of which probably didn't put me in the best frame of mind, but once the movie started things progressed reasonably well if a tad bit slowly. I know that it is primarily a movie for children and that they might have problems following complicated plotlines but this was a bit slower than was strictly speaking necessary.

Happy Feet
Plot: 10/20
Animation: 12/20
Production: 14/20
Entertainment: 17/40
Total: 53/100
After a slow but reasonable start there were a few funny bits and some singing, but not a lot of dancing. The animation was not really special which was hugely disappointing especially as that was one of the selling points of the movie.

Yes there were moments when I was tapping my feet, but they were few and far between and I really did feel like going to sleep through a number of the scenes.

What really killed the movie for me was the ending. It was atrocious. What a waste, they could have saved themselves at least six months of production tiem and cost and left it out. The message was clear enough without having to add the rubbish that they did for the last quarter of an hour or so. It completely ruined what up until that point had been an almost passable animated feature. I think that the target age for this movie must be 3-4 year olds. This is a shame as it had a lot of promise as a concept and could easily have been written to appeal to audiences of all ages.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVED happy feet.
The music had my feet, heart , eyes in fact all of me very happy.
Bring on more feel good and happy plenty songs and great beat movies. Yea!!

14/4/07 05:21  

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