Directed by: George Miller.
Starring: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hugo Weaving, Pink, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.
While Mumble's son Erik tries to find his position in the world, disastrous forces of nature weak havoc in Emperor Land that forces Mumble to save the day by tap dancing and brining all sorts of penguins together.
The penguins are back, dancing and singing with all the time in the world. Adorable? Yes. Funny? Kind of. The best sequel? Not so much. As we return to Emperor Land, Mumble's young son Erik (voiced by a girl btw), can't sing and when he dances, he embarrasses himself wishes to find his purpose in life outside of his home. We a presented with a father and son story arc to follow throughout the movie, or is there more? Actually, there are four, where not only do we follow Mumble (Elijah Wood) and Erik, but Ramón (Robin Williams) leaves Mumble's family of penguins failing to mate with either of them, and is forced to seek love elsewhere, which leads us to Erik leaving his mom and dad and entire flock along with his munchkin friends to seek a purpose, where they find Sven, the self proclaimed penguin that can fly. Oh, and let's not forget two little krill.
The problem with Happy Feet Two, which at first I didn't want to realize, was the randomness of all these stories iced into one movie of no more than two hours; you can compare the movie to be a montage just like the full trailer. That's it! The movie is simply a montage of stories, events and well, singing. The sequel could have done better without had ing to throw in so much to tell one story line of many. Other characters such as Gloria and Noah the Elder do not matter anymore. Gloria's simply has all the answers and Noah isn't the badass villain like the first. However, there was a musical number that Pink tackles to sooth the character Erik which is more of a tribute to Somebody to Love by the late Brittany Murphy.
What saved the movie for me were Will and Bill, the dynamic duo Krill. Even as voices, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt take the seas without fear and deliver hilarious jokes. We have Will (Brad) who feels that being a krill shouldn't have to limit his position in the food chain, and decided to become a carnivore. Where as Bill (Matt) finds his ideas ridiculous but as a true friend, follows him on their journey. It is these two little planktons that keep the giant film at bay from sinking.
Erik manages to see different father figures that make him realize how good of a father Mumble is to him. Funny, what happened to Mumble's parents? Got eaten by a seal or Orca or something? Anyways, he also manages to sing, with a touch of opera, but the lyrics to his song could have worked with a different genre of music.
While I did not see this movie in 3D, nor was it necessary, the visuals were a major improvement. The colors were beautiful and the orange fro the krill were breathtaking. There rate a few times the camera zooms onto a tiny piece of snow where Will is walking about and truly mesmerizes one because of it's gorgeous detail. The penguins looked more realistic as well.
The songs were overused. Having to sing to divert every disaster is not too realistic, but hey, it's all fake so it makes sense.
Not a great sequel, just good.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.