Happy Feet (2006, USA) C-108m. SCOPE ** D: George Miller. Starring (the voices of) Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, Miriam Margolyes, Anthony LaPaglia, Steve Irwin. On the icy continent of Antarctica, an adolescent penguin is grieved to find that he cannot sing. His incredible tap-dancing skills, however, are quite useless, until… After the pig-movie BABE (1995), director Miller (yes, the man who made MAD MAX) gives us a movie about a tap-dancing penguin, who makes his moves to (terrible) medleys of classic pop songs. Weak story-wise, film tries to come alive in contrived action set-pieces, to little avail. Hard to believe this took the Best Animated Feature Oscar.

© Ron Altman