Saturday, November 18, 2006

Movie Recommendation: Happy Feet

Friday nights are usually "Family Movie Night" @ the Shields' house - usually DVDs. Last night, Beth and I thought we'd surprise Michaela (10), Skye (8), and Alia (6) and take them to see Happy Feet. It was @ highly rated on Rotten Tomatoes and looked interesting enough to fork out the $45 an Fandango for the five of us to see it in a theatre.

It was amazing.

The scenery animation was dazzlingly beautiful. The creative score was wonderful. I hate musicals. If you had told me there was as much singing as there was, I would not have wanted to go; but the modern score of contemporary music was fantastic. Robin Williams was hilarious.

It had a strong message of the importance of being good stewards of our environment.

It had a strong message of the value of our individual giftedness and the acceptance of others.

We'll buy this one when it comes out on DVD and I highly recommend it.


pp said...

U Penguin lover!

Glad you & the fam dug it!

Family movie night to the drive-in were a fond memory for me. I can remember gettin' KFC, sittin' in the back seat of the station wagon and having a blast watching The Jungle Book.

Missional Jerry said...

my family loved it as well!

Flip said...


I didn't think "Happy Feet" would be much more than an animated "March of the Penguins", but your recommendation has me wondering if it may be worth seeing!

Stephen said...

oh, flip, I really think you would love it. the music of phenomenal.

Hoodlum said...

You realize Happy Feet mocked religion right, and demonstrate the trumiph of reason over religion. I.E. how the intolerant older penguins who believed in the all mighty Gwen were proven wrong by the young weird penguin who used reason to figure out what was wrong, while the older penguins prayed uselessly.

Stephen said...

sometimes, religionists deserve to be skewered, particularly when their dogmatism leads to ravaging hunger!

God and Reason are not antithetic.

Jamie Arpin-Ricci said...

I went to Happy Feet yesterday on your recommendation. We quite enjoyed it. Hoodlum's interpretation of the religious overtones is not entirely off, though I think it was more about challenging a dogmatic refusal to acknowledge change in the world and its impact on how we engage faith. I think it was appropriate and poignant. Thanks for the recommendation.