Yet Another ‘Guin Movie

So I saw Happy Feet, yet another penguin movie, which had its musical-wannabe bits.

The moment Gloria sang the first few lines from Prince – Kiss, I knew I was going to enjoy the musical direction of the movie. Anybody got the regal connection between that, and Queen? (They did the choir bits of Somebody To Love!)

Think even further, to Hugh Jackman playing Memphis. When I think Memphis, I think of Elvis Presley… the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. As if that wasn’t enough, he also talked like Elvis and sang Heartbreak Hotel.

Think even more – these are Emperor Penguins you’re talking about!

Mumble, the main character, had a bowtie-like marking on his chest… which, I suppose, was a homage to Fred Astaire, who tap danced with a bowtie as well.

Hugo “Agent Smith” Weaving was unmistakeable; so was Robin Williams. Excellent cinematography, with landscapes so real and beautiful you’d wish you were there to take pictures.

Everything is crisp and so realistic; even the humans you’d see later are so real they spark debates. I think Animal Logic probably had motion capture humans to keep to the computer-generated theme (just like stop-motion strictly does not have any motion that is not stop-motion.) They did, after all, do the computer-generated Agent Smiths and Neos in The Matrix series, you know. :O

I find I love Queen songs much much more after they become featured in movies – Wayne’s World brought car-headbanging with Bohemian Rhapsody (though I’d been doing it before watching the movie); Flash Gordon had the tacky Flash; Highlander featured Princes Of The Universe, and Shaun Of The Dead tells you to “kill the Queen” when Don’t Stop Me Now plays (complete with cool zombie-slashing choreography) and ends with You’re My Best Friend. And now, the faux choir of Somebody To Love plays constantly in my head.

5 thoughts on “Yet Another ‘Guin Movie

  1. Edrei Post author

    What other penguin movies are they? Surf’s Up won’t be until next year.

    Seriously at the rate they are going, Penguins won’t be exclusive anymore. So sad. 🙁

  2. huiwen7 Post author

    QUEEN is super awesome! I love "Crazy Thing Called Love" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" the best!

    I can’t wait to watch "Happy Feet". Sounds like a happy movie to me, haha.

  3. Matthew Post author

    Albert, if you watched again, you may notice something else other what you already mentioned. Look deeper and you’ll see something else. Not very obvious though.


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