Happy Feet (franchise)

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Happy Feet
Created by George Miller
Films and television
Video game(s)

Happy Feet is a series of animated films produced by Village Roadshow Pictures and Animal Logic and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.


Happy Feet (2006)[edit]

Main article: Happy Feet

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)[edit]

Main article: Happy Feet Two

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.[1]

"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

3D Re-release[edit]

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.[3]


For more details on the reception of each film, see Happy Feet § Reception, and Happy Feet Two § Reception.

Box office performance[edit]

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
North America
All time
Happy Feet 17 November 2006 $198,000,317 $186,335,291 $384,335,608 #175 #240 $100,000,000 [2]
Happy Feet Two 18 November 2011 $64,006,466 $86,400,000 $150,406,466 #1,144 $135,000,000 [3]
Total $262,006,783 $272,735,291 $534,742,074 $235,000,000
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Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Happy Feet 75% (161 reviews)[4] 77 (30 reviews)[5] A-[6]
Happy Feet Two 46% (111 reviews)[7] 57 (38 reviews)[8] B+[6]

Cast and characters[edit]

Characters Films
Happy Feet
Happy Feet Two
Mumble Elijah Wood
Elizabeth Daily (young)
Elijah Wood
Gloria Brittany Murphy
Alyssa Shafer (young)
Erik Silent cameo Ava Acres
Elizabeth Daily (singing voice)
Ramon Robin Williams
Lombardo Johnny A. Sanchez
Nestor Carlos Alazraqui
Raul Lombardo Boyar
Rinaldo Jeffrey Garcia
Lovelace Robin Williams
Memphis Hugh Jackman Hugh Jackman (cameo)
Norma Jean Nicole Kidman Nicole Kidman (cameo)
Noah the Elder Hugo Weaving
Miss Viola Magda Szubanski
Seymour Fat Joe Common
Atticus Lil' P-Nut
Boadicea Meibh Campbell
Elizabeth Daily (singing voice)
The Mighty Sven Hank Azaria
Carmen Sofía Vergara
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
Frankie Michael Cornacchia
Vinnie Mark Klastorin Silent cameo
Will the Krill Brad Pitt
Bill the Krill Matt Damon
Eggbert Lee Perry
  • Note: A grey cell indicates the character was not in the film.

Video games[edit]


  1. ^ Christina Radish (16 November 2011). "Director George Miller Talks HAPPY FEET TWO, MAD MAX, and JUSTICE LEAGUE". collider.com. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Happy Feet (2006)". Box Office Mojo. 
  3. ^ "Happy Feet Two (2011)". Box Office Mojo. 
  4. ^ "Happy Feet (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Happy Feet at Metacritic
  6. ^ a b "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Happy Feet Two (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Happy Feet Two at Metacritic
  9. ^ Happy Feet. Midway.com. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  10. ^ "Official Video Game of Happy Feet 2". PRNewsWire.com. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011.