"Happy Feet" combines the artistic talents of the Warner company with the guaranteed funny of Robin Williams to make for a visually stunning film that the whole family will enjoy. However, those familiar with Mr. Williams ad-lib proficiency will know beforehand that watching this movie with your children will call for some "nevermind" moments when they ask what the character "Lovelace" means when he refers to his "couch of perpetual bliss." While the premise of finding your "heart song" is a good one, the filmmakers' choice of songs leaves something to be desired for parents, so innuendo is high, and family friendliness is lowered somewhat. These aspects partially lead to the PG rating for rude humor and mild peril (for a few food-chain events).
The extra features include a great educational segment that encourages kids to try something new and to follow their dreams - a definite plus on the mom-scale. Also included is the classic cartoon "I love to Singa" about a little bird who loves to sing jazz and his parents that come to accept his love of that style of music. As that is one of my all-time favorite cartoons, Warner gets another thumbs up.
There are even two music videos included, but that's where the trouble comes in for the family friendly rating. While one would normally consider Prince to be inappropriate for children, his video is a great, uplifting and encouraging song that I have no problem letting my children watch or listen to. However, Gia's "Hit Me Up" video is a typical innuendo-laden song and video that our teenagers today have become accustomed to, despite their entirely "too grown up for teens to be watching or listening to, let alone singing" genre. This feature insures that as a mom of young children, this video will not be watched without me in the room to prevent that feature from being chosen.