REVIEW: Happy Feet Two Is Too Much of an Almost-Good Thing
8 March 2014
Excerpt: Australian director George Miller's Happy Feet was one of the surprise pleasures of the 2006 moviegoing year. The story was simple: A young Emperor penguin who has no skill for singing, a necessary skill in wooing a mate, discovers instead that he has a flair for dancing. The picture was fanciful and breezy and, particularly for a big-budget animation feature, showed a wonderful lightness of touch.
Excerpt: Has it really been six years since Happy Feet first came out? I guess time, unlike penguins, flies. I remember the original for a few reasons: at the time I still had an unhealthy obsession with Nicole Kidman (that’s now passed). I remember that the film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film and beat out a Pixar film ( Cars ) and that’s only happened one other time; when Shrek beat out Monsters Inc. .
Excerpt: It should come as no surprise that George Miller, a man whose directing highlights range from "Mad Max" to "Lorenzo's Oil" to "Babe: Pig in the City," has turned in something some strange, smart and completely unique with "Happy Feet Two." A follow-up to his own 2006 animated film, the further adventures of Mumble (Elijah Wood) and his penguin compatriots could have easily played as a rehash of its predecessor and, indeed, judging it from its trailer, audiences members...
Conclusion: 'Happy Feet Two' is the follow-up to the popular CG animated film about dancing penguins in Antarctica. Picking up pretty much where the first left off, the sequel isn't very good and is actually mostly dull, but it does have its moments, like the pair of krill philosophizing about their existential lives. The 3D Blu-ray, on the other hand, makes up for the movie's rather boring storyline with astounding 3D picture quality and an excellent audio presentation.
Excerpt: Two krill are part of Happy Feet Two’s story. Well, they’re a part in the sense that they exist within the film. They have no real purpose other than to dazzle the theater goer who forked over an added five bucks to see this in 3D. The actual, limited story arc doesn’t do much short of containing the penguins in a location. Clearly, there’s not enough pizazz to request more funds from the customer with that story arc. So, in jump the Krill.
Conclusion: I didn’t enjoy Happy Feet Two as much as I liked the first one, but it does have its moments and I can’t say a bad thing about this Blu-ray’s audio and visual presentation. This movie couldn’t look or sound any better than this but the extras on the disc could have been better. By the way, don’t be fooled by the appearance of the words “Digital Copy” on the front because it isn’t referencing the usual iTunes Digital Copy, but instead the much despised and less user...
Summary: How could so much happen in 100 minutes without much of anything happening in 100 minutes? It's a question probably best saved for the likes of Happy Feet Two 's fearlessly existential krill Will (Brad Pitt) and his dutiful friend Bill (Matt Damon), but it's also the question that plagued me while plowing through director George Miller's sequel to his 2006 animated hit (which took home an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature).
Excerpt: Once a forlorn adolescent penguin, Mumble (Elijah Wood, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ) is now happily married to his childhood flame Gloria (Pink, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle ) and has a young son named Erik (Ava Acres, Harry's Law ). It doesn't take long before Mumble realizes that his son doesn't seem to have much passion for dancing or singing (which of course are the two activities most essential to penguin life), but his efforts to aid Erik seem futile.