First I thought this movie is about 'be yourself' attitude, that no matter what, you should do whatever makes you happy. Imagine my surprise when I watched this film and discovered a much more darker message about environment and spiritual sense. Infact, I was shocked to found out that there are many things that hidden in this movie.
Memphis (Hugh Jackman) and Norma Jean (Nicole Kidman) are two Emperor Penguins with great singing voices. Their son, Mumble (Elijah Wood) cannot sing at all but can tap-dance. He likes the popular Gloria (Brittany Murphy), but the rest of the penguins cast him off. He goes on a journey with his dancing friends, including Ramon (Robin Williams) to find 'aliens' that take all of their food resources. Directed by George Miller.
The movie itself is divided into two parts: The fun part and the serious part. There are lotsa singing and dancing, and I think it is appealing to the kids and adults alike. Antartica is so beautiful in this movie. I was so incredibly surprised to see real humans. Although a mixture of animation and live-action is not new, but to see them in a scene is truly remarkable. But I won't give you spoiler, but I have to warn the viewers that the rest of the movie seems changing gears dramatically into something unexplainable. From the happy-go-lucky attitude to the more sombers scenes. I couldn't believe when I saw the movie because it has the similarity with "2001: A Space Odyssey" or maybe I just a tad a liiiiitle bit of overanalyzing. My friends didn't see that, they only saw an animated family movie. I actually saw a more darker messages about environment and fragility of global warming. For kids, it's all about the whole 'be happy' and 'be yourself' messages. For the rest of the overanalyzers, it's a whole different meaning and intrepretation y'all.
This movie is also reminds me with "Moulin Rouge!" because of the singing and dancing, which I think it is very entertaining. Also similar with "March of The Penguins". Other movies that I think are similar with the dark scenes are "A.I: Artificial Intelligence" and "2001: A Space Odyssey". The visual CGI are AMAZING and BREATHTAKING. It looks real. My heart goes out to Mumble, an individual that struggling to be accepted in society and tries so hard to discover himself. During the sequence that zooms out from the center of Mumble's eye to the overhead shot of the zoo, region, planet, and finally, universe, is a symbolic of Mumble's isolated conquered state. The ending could be more darker though, but infact they rush into the usual cheesy family moment, but it's forgivable. Overall, this is not a regular family film. This film is full of symbols and pastiche meanings. I don't actually recommend this movie for toddlers per se, because some of the children got bored during the second act and scared easily. I know I was a bit scared; the prospect of loneliness is freaking me out.
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