Genre: Family, musical, comedy, 3D animation
Running Time: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Director: George Miller
Cast: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Pink/Alecia Moore, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Hank Azaria, Sofia Vergara, Hugo Weaving
Synopsis: “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 Sven-a 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. Erik learns of his father’s “guts and grit” as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures-from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals-to put things right. “Happy Feet Two” is directed by George Miller, who won an Oscar® as the creator of the original “Happy Feet.” The film features the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Alecia Moore (P!nk), Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sofia Vergara, Common, Hugo Weaving, Magda Szubanski, Anthony LaPaglia, Richard Carter and Benjamin “Lil P-Nut” Flores, Jr. George Miller co-wrote the screenplay with Gary Eck, Warren Coleman and Paul Livingston. Miller is also producing the film, along with Doug Mitchell and Bill Miller. Chris deFaria, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers. Tap phenom Savion Glover rejoins the production to create the dances that will be performed onscreen by the penguin characters. The director of photography is David Peers and the animation director is Rob Coleman. The film features vocals by P!nk, with music by John Powell” (Warner Bros Pictures).
Verdict: Those who hasn’t seen the original will most likely enjoy this sequel. Happy Feet Two is not as purposeful, emotionally engaging, musically well done, and creatively written as its predecessor but thanks to its faithful racist, sexual and intelligent humour, it is still very watchable. Robin Williams‘ performance as Ramon and Lovelace is once again the culprit of the liveliness of the animated film. P!nk/Alecia Moore (as Gloria), too, manages to show that she is better than the rubbish she’s been performing in her music career; even the late Brittany Murphy (the original voice of Gloria) would’ve been proud. The quality of CG graphics, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to have any significant improvement since the original (released 5 years ago). I also disliked how Mumble’s (Elijah Wood) major contribution to the penguins seems to be completely forgotten in the storyline.
Favourite quote(s): [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] “You, me, egg, now!” says Ramon to the female Adele Penguin. “Fat chance,” replies the female, which leads Ramon to tell everyone, “I have a chance! And it’s fat!” [SPOILER ENDS HERE]
Moral values: Kids, listen to your god-damned parents. Parents, beat your fuckin’ child if they don’t stop being so fuckin’ annoying.
To watch in 3D? Unnecessary. It wouldn’t make you enjoy it more than watching it in normal screening.
Looney Tunes: A 3D Tweety and Sylvester musical short shown with the film. It’s still as violent as I remember it to be.
Rating: 3 / 5
Second opinions: “Sooooo cute but the singing parts are boring to me” (Iris Loong). “The krill characters (voiced by Brad Pitt and Matt Damon) are like the pointless side story characters in Ice Age” (Ryan Mo).
Invites to the premiere screening of the film was courtesy of MSN Malaysia.