"HAPPY FEET" WILL HAVE ITS NETWORK TELEVISION PREMIERE
AS THE "ABC FRIDAY MOVIE OF THE WEEK," MAY 8
"Happy Feet," the computer-animated musical comedy starring Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Nicole Kidman and Huge Jackman, will have its network television premiere as the "ABC Friday Movie of the Week," MAY 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, "Happy Feet" was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for "The Song of the Heart" by the artist Prince. The 2006 film will be broadcast in HDTV format with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio.
Set on Antarctica, "Happy Feet" tells the story of the Emperor Penguins who express their true love with a special �Heartsong' that attracts their soul mates. When a baby penguin named Mumble (Elijah Wood) hatches from his cracked egg, it is soon discovered that he has a terrible singing voice but an incredible ability to tap dance. Ostracized by his colony and separated from his mother, Norma Jean (Nicole Kidman), father Memphis (Hugh Jackman) and best friend Gloria (Brittany Murphy), an adolescent Mumble ventures into the icy landscape where he is met with challenges and, eventually, friends. While on an incredible adventure, Mumble discovers and conquers a threat to the penguins' survival and realizes that his toe tapping may be a gift to be treasured.
"Happy Feet" stars Elijah Wood as Mumble, Brittany Murphy as Gloria, Hugh Jackman as Memphis, Nicole Kidman as Norma Jean, Robin Williams as Ramon, Hugo Weaving as Noah the Elder, Carlos Alazraqui as Nestor, Lombardo Boyar as Raul, Jeff Garcia as Rinaldo, Miriam Margolyes as Mrs. Astrakhan, Magda Szubanski as Miss Viola, Anthony LaPaglia as Boss Skua, Fat Joe as Seymour and Steve Irwin as Trev.
"Happy Feet" is distributed by Warner Brothers and was produced by George Miller, Doug Mitchell and Bill Miller. The 2006 film was written by Warren Coleman, John Collee, George Miller and Judy Morris, and was directed by George Miller with music by John Powell. (CLOSED-CAPTIONED) (Broadcast in stereo where available)
"HAPPY FEET" IN HDTV:
The ABC Television Network's HDTV broadcast of "Happy Feet" will air in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish audio via SAP. A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.