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The message of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Ugly Duckling has moved beyond the worthy goal of promoting self-esteem for who you are to serving a more universal ecological awareness campaign. Right now, the swan in the making has transmogrified into an anthropomorphised tap-dancing penguin called Mumbles. Frankly, my expectations were not high as we took in Happy Feet at the multiplex tonight. But I found it a very engaging work with stunning visuals and soundtrack. There is enough drama in the story line to keep families alert. And the use of cinema that is so thoroughly entertaining to pack an environmental wallop deserves some kudos. So go for it if you’re hanging back from giving it a look.

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