Since reading the Liberal Progressive's rant about my post on the movie "Happy Feet" which stated my opinion that it was pushing a politically correct message, I've done more research to see if others felt as I did.
I wish I had seen these reviews before plunking down money for ten family members and wasting time on this film that some have compared to an animated "Inconvenient Truth."
Here are excerpts from what I found:
The Washington Times
Out of nowhere, "Happy Feet" drops a conservationist anchor about preserving penguin habitat, and the movie starts to feel heavy, without having any real weight to it. The dancing-penguin-saves-the-world sermon is a pronounced shift in tenor that feels abrupt to this adult, although children may love the animal star enough to follow him wherever he goes.
Michael Medved, Movie Critic
This politically correct pastiche is visually dazzling but painfully unpleasant to watch with its penguin protagonist experiencing pain and danger through nearly all of its running time.
Michael Medved's blog
Hollywood produces plenty of lousy movies but the releases that bother me most are those that feature false and misleading advertising. The new animated extravaganza “Happy Feet” features some of the most dishonest marketing of 2006, and deserves special condemnation for it mendacious mediocrity. ...
The propagandistic theme suggests that the biggest menace for the lovable penguins is the human race --- stealing the fish on which the birds depend, or ruining planet earth through pollution and global warming. There’s also scenes of a penguin captured for a zoo and tormented to the point of mental incapacity by unfeeling people Many classic animated films (even “Bambi," or the recent “Open Season” and “Over the Hedge") featured the equation animals = good/humans = bad but no movie for kids has gone so far in trying to induce guilt for membership in species homo sapiens.
Christian Spotlight on the Movies
So it goes that Mumble and his friends discover the secrets of the “aliens” (humans) who are responsible for the fish shortage, but also play a pivotal role in bringing the penguin population together once more.
It is at this point that things get a little heavy. “Happy Feet” tries to take on a lot in the final third of the story. Love, music, environmental issues, comedy, drama, spirituality, individualism, Robin Williams comedy—it’s all there folks.
Neil Cavuto, Fox News Channel
Neil Cavuto suggested the movie may have a hidden agenda and compared it to an animated "Inconvenient Truth," the Al Gore environmental movie (see earlier SWAC Girl post).