Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Happy Feet Two

Happy Feet Two is an unimaginative, paint-by-the-number sequel to a very average animated film. Happy Feet told the story of Mumble (Elijah Wood), a young penguin who couldn't sing but had a talent for dancing. In the sequel its Mumble's son Erik (Ava Acres) who is a bit of an outcast because he is afraid to dance and prefers to dream about flying.

Much like Mumble in the first movie, Erik will be separated from the main group of penguins and together with a few friends will learn valuable lessons about life and being yourself. The only thing the sequel adds is the presence of humans who are used more like a McGuffin that anything else.

Along with Wood, Robin WilliamsHugo WeavingMagda Szubanski and Anthony LaPaglia reprise their roles from the first film. Pink steps in to fill the role of Gloria which was originally performed by Brittany Murphy. New characters include a couple of krill (Brad PittMatt Damon) and a puffin named Sven (Hank Azaria) who is pretending to be a penguin who can fly.

Those who enjoyed the first film more than I may think more of this sequel, but its really just a sloppy rehash of the exact same themes that weren't all that compelling the first time around with a few new characters thrown in.

Released today on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D, extras include sing-a-longs from the film, a demonstration on how to draw a penguin, the Looney Tunes short "I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat," and short featurettes on the characters, voices and the making of the film.

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