Happy Feet (franchise)
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|Created by||George Miller|
|Films and television|
Happy Feet (2006)
Set deep in Antarctica, every penguin must sing a song to attract a soul mate. Memphis, the leader of the penguins and his wife Norma Jean have a baby, Mumble. Mumble has the worst singing in penguin history, leading to him being taunted. While in deep thought, Mumble discovers a talent for tap dancing and learns faster and easier as he grows up. No one in Antarctica approves of this, and his father nicknames him "Happy Feet". Finally, his strict father tells him he should leave to find a whole new voice. On his way, five small Spanish penguins follow Mumble and help him on his journey.
Happy Feet Two (2011)
Mumble has a problem: his son Erik, who is reluctant to dance, encounters Amazing Hero Puffin called "The Mighty Sven," whom he thinks he is a penguin who can fly. Things get worse for Mumble when the world is shaken by powerful forces, causing him to bring together the penguin nations and their allies to set things right.
In a 2011 interview, director George Miller was asked if he had any plans for a third film.
"If you put a gun to my head and said, 'You have to come up with a story for Happy Feet Three,' I’d say shoot me. I would have no idea. I really would have no idea. The stories creep up on you. You just have to allow the stories to come, and then they get in like little ear worms in your head and they won’t go away. If that happens and we’ve got the energy, we’ll do it is a fantastic movie a third one. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. That’s the only way you can do it. It has to be authentic. I really wanted to make this film better than the first one. Otherwise, at my age, what’s the point? You really want to make it better. If something comes up that’s really exciting and I can convey that enthusiasm to other people, then there would be a third one."— George Miller
The studio had hinted that a future IMAX 3D release was a possibility. However, Warner Bros., the film’s production company, was on too tight a budget to release Happy Feet in IMAX digital 3D.
Box office performance
Earning a total of $534,742,074, Happy Feet is the 16th highest-grossing animated franchise.
|Film||Release date||Box office gross||Box office ranking||Budget||Ref(s)|
|North America||Other territories||Worldwide||All time
|Happy Feet||17 November 2006||$198,000,317||$186,335,291||$384,335,608||#175||#240||$100,000,000|||
|Happy Feet Two||18 November 2011||$64,006,466||$86,400,000||$150,406,466||#1,144||$135,000,000|||
Critical and public response
|Happy Feet||75% (161 reviews)||77 (30 reviews)||A-|
|Happy Feet Two||46% (111 reviews)||57 (38 reviews)||B+|
Cast and characters
|Happy Feet Two
Elizabeth Daily (young)
Alyssa Shafer (young)
|Erik||Silent cameo||Ava Acres
Elizabeth Daily (singing voice)
|Lombardo||Johnny A. Sanchez|
|Memphis||Hugh Jackman||Hugh Jackman (cameo)|
|Norma Jean||Nicole Kidman||Nicole Kidman (cameo)|
|Noah the Elder||Hugo Weaving|
|Miss Viola||Magda Szubanski|
Elizabeth Daily (singing voice)
|The Mighty Sven||Hank Azaria|
|Mrs. Astrakhan||Miriam Margolyes|
|Barry (1) Bryan the Beachmaster (2)||Richard Carter|
|Trev||Steve Irwin||Silent cameo|
|Nev||Nicholas McKay||Silent cameo|
|Kev||Tiriel Mora||Silent cameo|
|Boss/Alpha Skua||Anthony LaPaglia|
|Dino (1) Brokebeak (2)||Danny Mann|
|Vinnie||Mark Klastorin||Silent cameo|
|Will the Krill||Brad Pitt|
|Bill the Krill||Matt Damon|
- Note: A grey cell indicates the character was not in the film.
- Happy Feet video game based on the film was developed by A2M and published by Midway Games for the PC, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and Wii.
- Happy Feet Two: The Video Game was developed by KMM Games for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. WayForward Technologies developed the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS versions.
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- "Happy Feet Two (2011)". Box Office Mojo.
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- Happy Feet at Metacritic
- "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
- "Happy Feet Two (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
- Happy Feet Two at Metacritic
- Happy Feet. Midway.com. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
- "Official Video Game of Happy Feet 2". PRNewsWire.com. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011.