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‘Happy Feet’ starts Friday at the Smith

As part of the “Winter Brrreak at The Smith” film series, “Happy Feet” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, Saturday the 17th, Monday the 19th, and Tuesday the 20th, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, Monday the 19th and Tuesday the 20th at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St. It also plays with “Charlotte's Web” as a double feature starting at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Oscar-nominated for best animated picture, “Happy Feet” is set on wild, widescreen polarscapes where the ice shimmers and the penguins shimmy. It offers dazzling cinematic family fun and a mad medley of catchy tunes and fancy footwork.

The computer-animated film about penguins who find their mates through song has exhilarating music and toe-tapping dance numbers. It also has an almost mythic story (with occasional echoes of “March of the Penguins”) and extraordinarily lovely photo-realistic visuals.

Some of the more endearing animated characters in recent memory are voiced by Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy and Robin Williams.

The lead character, an adorable and well-meaning penguin named Mumble (voiced by Wood), can't carry a tune, but he can tap-dance like an Antarctic Fred Astaire. Savion Glover did Mumble's dance moves, thanks to the magic of motion capture technology.

With a running time of 1:38, this musical adventure is rated PG. All seats are $3 except $5 for Wednesday's double feature.

Tuesday's screening is free courtesy of Reality Check, a cinematic smoking awareness non-profit organization. “Charlotte's Web” will conclude the series, showing Thursday, Feb. 22 through Tuesday the 27th.

For details or to order tickets, call (315) 781-LIVE or toll-free at (866) 355-LIVE for details. Tickets may also be purchased on-line at The Smith.