The animated hit Happy Feet starring a vast variety of celebrity voices will dance to DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray Disc this March.
In the great nation of Emperor Penguins, deep in Antarctica, you’re nobody unless you can sing – which is unfortunate for Mumble (Elijah Wood), who is the worst singer in the world. He is born dancing to his own tune…tap dancing. As fate would have it, his one friend, Gloria (Brittany Murphy), 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. Away from home for the first time, Mumble meets a posse of decidedly un-Emperor-like penguins – the Adelie Amigos. Led by Ramon (Robin Williams), 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 (also voiced by Robin Williams), 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.
Directed by George Miller, “Happy Feet” features the voice talent of Hugh Jackman, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Magda Szubanski, Nicole Kidman, Robin Williams, Anthony Lapaglia, and Steve Irwin among others.
The DVD version will come as separate widescreen or pan & scan versions with 5.1 channel Dolby Digital audio tracks. As extras you will find the Featurette “Dance Like A Penguin” on the release as well as two new animated sequences “Mumble meets a Blue Whale” and “A Happy Feet Moment.” Next up are the two Music Videos “Hit Me Up” from Gia, and Prine’s “Thee Song of the Heart.” As a special bonus from the Warner Vaults, the 1936 Tex Avery Cartoon “I Love to Singa” will also be incorporated on this release.
The HD-DVD version, coming on a HD-30/DVD-9 combo version, will feature the widescreen version of the film with Dolby Digital EX 5.1 and a lossless TrueHD Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track in English, as well as Dolby Digital EX 5.1 tracks in French and Spanish. All extras from the DVD version will also be included on the HD-DVD side of the release.
The Blu-Ray Disc version will offer only Dolby Digital EX 5.1 tracks in English, French and Spanish. The TrueHD track will be missing from this release but all the DVD’s extras will be included.
The DVD version will carry a $29.99 sticker price while the HD-DVD/DVD combo will set you back $39.99 and the Blu-Ray Disc can be yours for $34.99 when “Happy Feet” hits retail shelves on March 27.