Happy Feet Two is one of the kinder films to come along in quite some time. It has endearing themes of friendship, battling through hardships, and embracing your family, albeit their flaws. And yet, it’s a constant slog of children’s filmmaking – subsequently delivering sloppy storytelling and lusterless characters.
Following the same tropes of the original film from 2006, George Miller’s newest endeavor follows Mumble’s (voiced by Elijah Wood) son, Eric (voiced by Ava Acres) struggling for acceptance from his peers, family, and the Emperor Penguin World.
The only question is (because by now, we all know Eric will obtain some sort of confidence by the closing credits) what eccentric adventures must the budding penguins go through, to gain some sage knowledge?
Unfortunately, after Eric and his pack of buddies abandon home in search of an identity, a horrifying ice storm occurs and creates a blockade around the Emperor Penguin World – making it next to impossible to get out.
A group effort will be necessary if the depleting community wants to stay alive. Luckily, Eric’s journey leads him to some other able penguins – who ultimately are willing to assist Eric’s parents – Gloria (Pink) and Mumble – and everyone else stuck in this dire situation.
Added to the mix in this second film, are Bill and Will the Krill (Voiced by Matt Damon and Brad Pitt). The two little creatures are the best part of the picture as they attempt to survive outside of their breeding circle and in the real world – meaning, the big blue Ocean. It’s a touching little story about these Krill that are willing to test out Darwin’s theory – adapting and maintaining in this “survival of the fittest” Ocean. I suspect a franchise, in the near future, will be developed around these little engaging critters.
Happy Feet Two is an affable endeavor for families with young children – for everyone else it’s just another disposable picture, lacking interesting characters and cliched, run of the mill ideas and themes.
The 3D is exceedingly pointless and detracts from the films overall satisfying look. No need to waste the money.