Research Blog Antarctica #40

Fiction film: George Miller: Happy Feet (U.S.A./Australia, 2006)

A really good animated movie about tapdancing penguins. Visually very striking, and I appreciated both the obvious amount of research about Antarctica that had gone into this movie and the way they put all the possibilities of CGI into good use for once. Bizarrely, this was directed by the same guy who made all the Mad Max movies.

Its really great to see a movie where they seem to have understod what’s really cool about Antarctica and know how to use it. I never would have thought I would say this, but it seems that a movie in which Hugh Jackman plays a rockabilly penguin called Memphis may actually be one of the most accurate Antarctica movies I’ve ever seen in terms of how things work down there.

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