I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “What in the world does that blog post title mean?” Well, it’s a reference to last year’s best animated feature, Warner Bros.’ “Happy Feet.” (Side note: FWIW, I strongly believe Pixar‘s “Cars” should have taken the title. I felt the story was deeper, the script funnier, and frankly, “Happy Feet” got a tad corny at the end. But, as a dancer myself, I could totally relate to little Mumble.)
For those of you who don’t have children (and problem didn’t bother to see this family flick), in brief, “Happy Feet” tells the story of the Emperor penguin “Mumble.” (If you saw “March of the Penguins” you’ll recognize a lot of the penguin habits portrayed in the award-winning documentary.) Whereas all other emperor penguins can sing beautifully, a skill they’ll use at mating time, poor little Mumble sings like a wounded seagull. However, he’s blessed with uncanny ability to dance like Savion Glover. His “heart song” is not a song at all, but the beauty of dance.
This odd talent ostracizes (“ostrich-izes”?) him from his family and the rest of the emperor penguins. He sets out on a journey where in the end he learns that what sets him apart from everyone else, makes him a hero. In fact, it actually saves the whole darn emperor penguin kingdom.
So, Are your feet happy? is to ask, Is there something that sets you apart from the rest of the pack? Do you “sing” like everyone else, or do you find a “heart song” that is unique. Maybe even odd? Do you dare break away from the pack? Perhaps you should. Who knows, you just might save the world.