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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Happy Feet


Starring: Savion Glover, Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman


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Synopsis: In the great nation of Emperor Penguins, deep in Antarctica, you’re nobody unless you can sing--which is unfortunate for Mumble, who is the worst singer in the world. He is born dancing to his own tune--tap dancing. Though Mumble’s mom, Norma Jean, thinks this little habit is cute, his dad, Memphis, says it “just ain’t penguin.” Besides, they both know that, without a Heartsong, Mumble may never find true love. As fate would have it, his one friend, Gloria, happens to be the best singer around. Mumble and Gloria have a connection from the moment they hatch, but she struggles with his strange “hippity- hoppity” ways. Mumble is just too different--especially for Noah the Elder, the stern leader of Emperor Land, who ultimately casts him out of the community. Away from home for the first time, Mumble meets a posse of decidedly un-Emperor-like penguins--the Adelie Amigos. Led by Ramon, the Adelies instantly embrace Mumble’s cool dance moves and invite him to party with them. In Adelie Land, Mumble seeks the counsel of Lovelace the Guru, a crazy-feathered Rockhopper penguin who will answer any of life’s questions for the price of a pebble. Together with Lovelace and the Amigos, Mumble sets out across vast landscapes and, after some epic encounters, proves that by being true to yourself, you can make all the difference in the world.

Also Known As: The Kingdom


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Newz: The first trailer for this, which featured Williams’ Ramon singing “My Way” in Spanish, looked like a joke, some “March of the Penguins” parody. But then we saw that George Miller (the good one, not the other one) was involved, breathed a minor sigh of relief. We also wonder how much it cost them to clear all the songs used in the trailer, though I suppose Chicago and Queen can be bought for a nickel these days.

Trailer Highlight: Taunting the seal.

Bottom Line: Is it too soon for another animated movie, never mind an animated penguin movie?


 

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Flushed Away


Cast (voices): Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis, Bill Nighy, Jean Reno, Shane Richie

Synopsis: Roddy is a decidedly upper-crust "society mouse" who lives the life of a beloved pet in a posh Kensington flat. When a sewer rat named Sid comes spewing out of the sink and decides he's hit the jackpot, Roddy schemes to rid himself of the pest by luring him into the "whirlpool." Sid may be an ignorant slob, but he's no fool, so it is Roddy who winds up being flushed away into the bustling sewer world of Ratropolis. There Roddy meets Rita, an enterprising scavenger who works the sewers in her faithful boat, the Jammy Dodger. Roddy immediately wants out, or rather, up; Rita wants to be paid for her trouble; and, speaking of trouble, the villainous Toad--who royally despises all rodents equally, making no distinction between mice and rats--wants them iced ... literally. The Toad dispatches his two hapless hench-rats, Spike and Whitey, to get the job done. When they fail, the Toad has no choice but to send to France for his cousin--that dreaded mercenary, Le Frog.



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Review:* Flushed Away has two strikes against it before it even gets to the plate: It's yet another CGI feature about a giddy crowd of talking animals, crammed into a year where such films have gone beyond commonplace and well into redundant, and it sports a relentlessly lowbrow, toilet-themed ad campaign. But it has one large counterbalancing point in its favor: It emerges from the house-of-hits studio Aardman Animations, home of consistently clever features like Chicken Run and the Wallace & Gromit stories. And while first-time directors David Bowers and Sam Fell are relative Aardman neophytes, and the extensive roster of consulting writers (most notably, Chicken Run co-director Peter Lord) bode ill for a unified vision, Flushed Away still carries the Aardman magic touch.

Granted, the opening could be stronger. In a posh London mansion, a spoiled pet rat named Roddy (Hugh Jackman) lounges in a literal gilded cage, cavorting to "Dancing With Myself" and living a life of luxury. Then a lowbrow sewer rat arrives and steals his place, flushing him down the toilet to a bustling, chummy sewer ratropolis. Initially full of fish-out-of-water clumsiness and panic, Roddy blunders into and thoroughly complicates a long-running conflict between an aggressive toad kingpin (Ian McKellen) and a scrappy female rat (Kate Winslet). Kid-flick clichés abound, but Flushed Away paves over them with a jaunty pace, whipcrack humor, and a lot of blink-and-you-miss-them film parodies. Once the film introduces a pack of French frog ninjas led by Jean Reno, the goofiness has ramped up to such a height that the plot contrivances get merrily lost in the shuffle.


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Flushed Away's CGI doesn't quite manage the handmade charm of Aardman's claymation projects, but it maintains the house's visual style and takes full advantage of the medium's flexibility, with crowded, complicated, ambitious setpieces that beg for a second viewing. But as with the Wallace & Gromit films, most of the fun is in the deft characterizations, the zippy banter, and the joyous sight gags. From the moment the shallow, complacent, selfish Roddy encounters a pretty female counterpart, it's clear that, ho-hum, important lessons are about to be learned and lives are about to be changed. But as with all Aardman films, a wheelbarrow full of sugar accompanies every drop of potentially unpleasant medicine.


*Review by Tasha Robinson, A.V.Club

 

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