The sequel to Happy Feet, the Academy Award-winning animated smash hit, Happy Feet Two returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D.Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Svena penguin who ...more
The sequel to Happy Feet, the Academy Award-winning animated smash hit, Happy Feet Two returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D.Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Svena penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model.But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. less
“A run-of-the-mill storyline coupled with lifeless narration makes Happy Feet Two appear a bit too long. However the 3D is a definite plus point and makes the film a visual treat.”
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Happy Feet 2 is too long winded preachy and goody goody to be fun for anyone. This preachiness and the story told as a series of adventure/disasters also makes it seem longer than it was, though at 2 hours it is a tad too long.
The movie starts with the story of Eric, Mumble and Gloria's son,who unlike his famous tap dancing dad, can't dance nor see any reason to. He decides to run away and go to Adelie land where he encounters the flying penguin Sven and starts dreaming of flying while Mumble tries to tell him to find his own talent. Then the story movies onto huge glaciers breaking up leaving the entire colony of Emperor penguins stranded. How Mumble with the help of several people including Sven and a band of sea elephants rescue the colony takes up the rest of the story. There is also a parallel funny story of 2 krills Will and Bill. However, that track does not quite get anywhere much.
There were two things I thought were not needed in a kids movie. One was the gay overtones given to the Will and Bill friendship and second the hint of flirting with a married woman and the jealousy in Mumble when he sees Sven passing the fish to her with his mouth. Kids are sharp and ask all sorts of questions from the little they (mis)understand from such scenes and really, you don't want to be answering such questions with popcorn in your mouth. I think someone needs to show more responsibility when catering to a young audience.
The 3D works quite well in quite a few scenes, specially when the huge tsunami like waves come at you. (I think I also probably enjoyed it because I asked them to give me the kid glasses which are lighter and more comfortable). The music (when it is not original, where it is all preachy) is fun with Queen and George Michael pepping things up. The shots of the glaciers breaking up are also quite good. But sadly, all this is not enough to make up for the weighed down feel of the story.
You can take the kids for this one I guess, but I think younger ones will get a bit scared by the sequences of the earthquakes or distressed by the young penguins getting trapped or the sea lion babies seeing their daddy almost getting killed . Ho hum watch. I will wait for the Muppets next week for my kiddie movie fix.