Happy Feet Two
Out Now On-Demand
Sequel to the 2006 Antarctic animated hit, featuring the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt.
Mumble (Wood), The Master of Tap, has problems. His wee son, Erik, is "choreo-phobic". Reluctant to join the penguin's dance, Erik runs away (encountering The Mighty Sven along the way, a penguin who flys). Meanwhile, a rogue iceberg threatens the homeland. Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all of the continent's creatures - from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals to sort it out.
Animated, Comedy, Kids & Family, Musical
The first Happy Feet was quite a surprise. Its tale of a tone deaf penguin’s desire to dance could’ve been your standard family fluff. Instead, it was a competently made charmer, expressing the joys of music, rhythm, individuality and standing out. Happy Feet Two is the polar (ha!) opposite.
There’s a lot going on in the sequel: Mumble’s (the star of the first) parenthood problems, a false prophet, a massive Titanic-trumping iceberg, and two philosophical krill searching for a purpose in life (perhaps because they have no purpose in the plot). But none of it connects organically. It’s as if the filmmakers gathered all the failed conceptual subplots of the original and meshed them together like slithers of soap, forming an ugly wad of a story.
Despite the flat-out gorgeous CG and eye-soothing use of 3D, Happy Feet Two is simply a pretty-looking mess of ideas. The muddled, unfocused plot will disappoint adult fans of the original while kids are likely to lose interest after half an hour and start bugging their parents instead, as was the fate of the poor father sitting next to me.
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i thought it was awsome