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    Mumble (Happy Feet)
    "Twinkle twinkle little (grating squawking) STAAAR!"

    "Come on, let's shake this world!"
    Gender: Male
    Type: Happy Penguin Dancer
    Age: Unknown, but he ages throughout Happy Feet.
    Species: Avian
    Portrayed by: Elijah Wood (Adult)
    Elizabeth Daily (Baby)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Happy Feet

    Mumble is the main protagonist of Happy feet and also, one of the 2 main protagonists of Happy Feet Two [Erik being the other]. He is a male emperor penguin who is the son of Memphis and Norma Jean, the husband of Gloria, and the father of Erik. He is unique in that he is the only emperor penguin to not have a heart song, and the first to be able to tap dance.

    Why He Rocks

    1. He is an incredible dancer. He has been dancing since he was born and is the first penguin to tap dance in the Happy Feet universe as already mentioned.
    2. He does have a good relationship with some characters in the movies like Gloria and the Adelie Amigos which makes him friendly. With all that's said, he's a good father because of his son Erik.
    3. Mumble was able to tell the humans that the government is over-fishing thus leading to the ban of all Antarctic fishing thus leading the penguins to celebrate.
    4. He is shown to be brave at any situation such as chasing a fish he caught for Gloria by fighting off three skuas and chasing down a ship into the unknown in hopes of finding the fish that are being taken from his home.
      • Another instance is how Mumble was brave enough to search for the three little penguins Erik, Atticus, and Bo. He even felt worried about these three penguins.
      • One final example was when he was able to save Bryan from a bridge that was being collapsed.
    5. Even though Mumble is shy, that didn't stop him to speak up to Gloria or try to impress her. Even Mumble admits that he has a crush on her.
    6. Mumble can be a good role model since he is able to tackle social discrimination since he's an outcast who can't sing normally and did get exiled from Emperor Land.
    7. Because of his actions from the movie, he convinces viewers and the rest of the penguins of Emperor Land that it's important to respect other talents/passions even if it won't appear to you.
    8. Mumble as a baby penguin is just wholesome and cute. What else is there to say?
    9. He does deliver some funny moments such as Ramon singing My Way by Frank Sinatra behind Mumble which is admittedly hilarious.
    10. Even though Happy Feet Two wasn't great in comparison to the first film, Mumble is still likable just like some returning characters that appeared on the movie.

    Bad Qualities

    1. Though funny, it was pretty shady of Mumble to trick Gloria into believing her that Mumble can sing.
    2. He's a bad singer. Though sometimes it can be funny.
    3. Mumble can be naive at times like when he wasn't paying attention in school after hearing about one of the skuas claiming about aliens and learning about the worlds beyond his own.
    4. Even though Mumble is caring towards his son, both have trouble seeing eye-to-eye and gaining each other's favor. Even Mumble yells at Erik.


    • Mumble's tap choreography was provided via motion capture by Savion Glover.
    • Originally, Mumble's appearance was going to be an adult with no fluff, but this was scrapped before the final cut of the film. In the books, Chillin' with Mumble, Happy Feet: The Movie Storybook and Happy Feet: The Essential Guide, however, he is seen as an adult with no down.
    • Mumble maintains his chick-down plumage throughout the movie, as this sets him apart from every other penguin drastically. This, coupled with his light blue eyes as opposed to dark brown in other penguins, give him a unique appearance that makes him stand out unmistakably in a crowd.
    • In Happy Feet Two, Mumble begins to look older, as more of his down falls out, though he is voiced by the same actor, Elijah Wood.
    • In the draft, he was the narrator instead of Lovelace being the narrator in the final cut of the first film
    • Along with his mother, Mumble is the only character not to have his name changed from the original script.


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