Emperor penguins are born to sing. All except young Mumble, who was born to dance...tap dance. Such un-penguin-like behaviour eventually gets Mumble kicked out of Emperor Land and into the big, cold world. Joined by his Adelie Amigos and an all-knowing Rockhopper penguin named Lovelace, Mumble embarks on an epic journey and ultimately proves that by being true to yourself, you can make all the difference in the world!
Very superficial and light. Did not retain children's attention for long (ages 8 and 10). Obvious plot with deliberately fluffy hero and pals. Seen it all before. A poor relation to Madagascar. Probably best for younger children.
This is an animated film, based on teh day to day life of the penguin, focusing for much for the film on 'finding your song', as the song that expresses their soul. The main character can't sing but boy can he dance.
Main themes are falling in love and being true to yourself, with the back story of mankind's effect on the environment from over fishing.
The music is great - with vast montages / medlies / counterpoints and interplay of well known songs from all eras - which are truly a delight. The animation is amazing and there are also genuinely touching moments.
This may be more involved tahn some animated films and aimed as much at adults as to children - in fact adults will probably get more out of it than kids.