Just Keep on Walking
Starring: THE VOICES OF Elijah Wood,
Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman,
Hugh Jackman, and Brittany
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: George Miller
Executive Producer: Graham Burke, Edward Jones,
Dana Goldberg, and Bruce
Producer: Doug Mitchell, George Miller
and Bill Miller
Writer: George Miller, John Collee,
Judy Morris, and Warren
Address Comments To:Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
Mumble is forced to tap dance in private to avoid criticism and embarrassment. He is not allowed to graduate with his class and is excluded from much of the penguin life. His closest friend is Gloria, voiced by Brittany Murphy, who is also his love interest. She is born with a voice that is admired by all the penguins, but even she is torn between being accepted or risking ostracism to follow her heart.
Mumble hears about a group of aliens, clearly human researchers, from a bird who tells of his experience of being abducted by aliens. This experience, mixed with his discovery of a construction vehicle, causes Mumble to question the world as he knows it. As Mumble tries to make sense of all the information presented to him, he falls upon a group of penguins. These penguins are more accepting of Mumble and actually admire his tapping ability. They decide to “party” together. Enter Ramon, the leader voiced by Robin Williams. This group has a barrio feel, right down to the Hispanic accents and lingo.
As Mumble shares his questions, his new friends lead him to Lovelace (also voiced by Robin Williams), the self-proclaimed guru, who knows all and allegedly can see the future and given power by a magic band bestowed upon him by the gods. Mumble identifies Lovelace as a fake with garbage around his neck. This garbage threatens the life of Lovelace, and Mumble decides to make the journey to find the aliens.
This last segment of the movie shows self-sacrifice and commitment to a purpose that is bigger than oneself. It also shows the integrity of seeking truth, even when ridiculed for doing so. On his journey, Mumble shows perseverance, dedication, determination, and self-sacrifice.
Regrettably, the movie doesn’t stop at the pursuit of truth but rather seems to define truth in an environmentalist perspective with humans being a negative influence on the world. In one scene, apparent politicians seem to be arguing about fishing in the Antarctic regions surrounding the penguins. While there are many adorable and inspirational moments to this film, they are overshadowed by the political propaganda that is present throughout. Overall, this film will be a disappointment to anyone who was really hoping otherwise.
HAPPY FEET contains some strong moral elements extolling truth, perseverance, dedication, determination, and self-sacrifice. Its worldview, however, is strongly Romantic about looking inside yourself, finding the true song in your heart, and being true to who you are. It also contains very strong environmentalist content, with humans being seen as a negative influence on the world. While there are many adorable and inspirational moments to this movie, they are overshadowed by the environmentalist propaganda present throughout. Overall, this film will be a disappointment to anyone who is hoping otherwise.