Happy Feet Two

2011 "Every step counts."
5.9| 1h57m| PG| en
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Mumble the penguin has a problem: his son Erik, who is reluctant to dance, encounters The Mighty Sven, a penguin who can fly! Things get worse for Mumble when the world is shaken by powerful forces, causing him to brings together the penguin nations and their allies to set things right.

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SnoReptilePlenty Memorable, crazy movie
CrawlerChunky In truth, there is barely enough story here to make a film.
ThedevilChoose When a movie has you begging for it to end not even half way through it's pure crap. We've all seen this movie and this characters millions of times, nothing new in it. Don't waste your time.
BelSports This is a coming of age storyline that you've seen in one form or another for decades. It takes a truly unique voice to make yet another one worth watching.
Horst in Translation (filmreviews@web.de) Even if there is tons of that like in this film here. I liked the first film mostly for the charm and emotional story lines, for example the one about Mumble and his dad. This sequel, which came out five years after the first, lacks completely in that area. They tried to do the same as in the first film (that won the Best Animated Feature Oscar) in some areas, for example they included once again a mix of live action and animation with the animation being the far dominant part. However, this turned out a disappointment. Not even the small fluffy penguins were a delight anymore as they were written so annoyingly with stupid rap songs and without the slightest ounce of obedience to their elders. Talking about the music, it was really really bad early on, but got a bit better as the film went wrong. Still I heavily object to the casting of Pink here. In terms of voice acting, she adds nothing to this movie, simply because she never does it. All she does is sing and her loud scratchy voice did not bring any emotion that this film was so badly in need of. She even sort-of destroyed the final scene with her rendition of Queen's "Under Pressure". As an animal choir the way it started I liked it, but then she started singing and all the magic was gone.This movie was shout completely at the Annie Award (animation Oscar) that year and that says it all. It is a bit of a joke this film had 3 directors and 6 writers and this is what they came up with. Truly embarrassing. The core filmmaker was also the one who directed the first "Happy Feet" movie and he is otherwise mostly known for directing "Mad Max" (the old and the new). What a strange collection of movies he worked on. It does not get any further apart than "Mad Max" and "Happy Feet". One of the film's intended most emotional moments was when the walrus is trapped and Mumble goes to rescue him, so he can reunite with his children. Sadly, the execution really took out all the emotion for some reason. This could have been so much more. Apart from that, this scene made it obvious that the walrus would return the favor at some point later in the movie and now this film was not only void of any heart, but also fairly predictable. The film gets a bit better after the 30-minute-mark, but that does not mean that it becomes a quality movie, just that it really really sucked early on.Another oddity in here is the inclusion of Brad Pitt and Matt Damon as voice actors. I wonder what they were thinking including the duo as krill. I guess they only wanted to advertise the film with these two superstars as their characters basically had nothing to do at all with Mumble and the gang. It was like they were in their own movie, even more extreme than with Scrat and the "Ice Age" films. And Bill's and Will's storyline adds absolutely nothing to this sequel here. So far, there is no news yet about a third "Happy Feet" installment and I do not really think it is necessary unless they somehow manage to come up with something a lot better than they achieved here. The director is busy anyway right now with the "Mad Max" sequel, but who knows. Between film 1 and 2, also a lot of time went by.Another weakness is that the film takes itself so seriously at times and then again is so goofy and childish on other occasions. You really don't know what to think of that. For example there are really all kinds of musical styles in here from rap music to almost opera music or stuff you would expect in "Les Misérables". The only truly positive thing here was the animation. The finale was mesmerizing to watch actually and that was only on a small computer screen. But as I wrote in the title: This is not enough.
kenchu Stunning visuals and beautiful animation, but the story is flimsy and incoherent. Half an hour in it still doesn't quite know which direction to go.Happy Feet Two has some good moments. I really enjoyed the part when Sven was introduced. I thought the film would revolve around him and Erik more. It's obvious Erik adores Sven, while being upset with his father. That's a perfect foundation for a good story, but this direction is never really explored. Instead the film shifts its focus entirely when the huge ice sheet imprisons the other emperor penguins. I thought that was odd.What's even odder are the krill. The film spends so much time on them, yet they never really come into contact with any character of importance. What was the point having them at all? It just adds to the film's lack of direction.I was disappointed in this sequel. It feels like the story has so many fundamental problems that should have been easily spotted during the drafting phase. It's a mystery to me how they decided to go with this. What a waste of excellent animation and image quality.
Stompgal_87 I rented this film before renting the first one to see how they compare and this one is on par with the first with some of its aspects better than others.The characters and backgrounds here are just as realistic as those in the first although it's environmental message isn't quite as valuable or memorable as that in the first. While Elijah Wood and Robin Williams reprise their roles as Mumble, Ramon and Lovelace respectively, Pink replaces Brittany Murphy (who sadly passed away in 2009 aged just 32 - RIP) as Gloria, so it is forgivable that Gloria's singing voice differs significantly here from that in the original but it is instantly recognisable. Her song 'Bridge Of Light' (not your average angsty Pink song) to encourage Erik to find more fish for the colony whilst being trapped by a giant iceberg is beautiful as well as the scene that accompanies it. Although it takes place at night, it is more detailed than the 'Somebody To Love' scene from the original and still has the lovely Northern-Lights style effect illuminating the sky. In addition to 'Bridge Of Light,', the best ones were the opening medley of 'Dance And Shout,' a version of 'SexyBack,' 'Ain't Nobody,' 'Do Your Thing' and 'Rhythm Nation' as well as a cute rap from one of the baby penguins; 'Under Pressure' during the climax; 'We Are The Champions (that's three Queen songs performed in the 'Happy Feet' franchise!)'and the amusing sing-songs of 'Dragostea Din Tei' (AKA the 'Mai a hee' song that everyone was singing back in 2004 - oh, the memories!) by Sven and 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go' and 'Never Gonna Give You Up' by Bill the Krill. Further to the new characters, Erik is adorable but he looks very similar to baby Mumble in the first film and reminds me of a the typical Disney sequel offspring (especially Melody from 'The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea' since she wanted to be a mermaid while Erik wanted to fly like Sven); Sven is a hoot with a distinguishing Swedish accent albeit his involvement with the 'Liar revealed' cliché when he reveals he can fly because he's a puffin, not a penguin; while Will and Bill are comical side characters with a roller-coaster friendship. As for Carmen, she was pretty forgettable apart from being Ramon's love interest but she has a seductive Spanish accent. While Will, Bill and Sven were the funniest characters here, I chuckled when at the beginning of the film Mumble encouraged Erik to dance but Erik refused, Mumble said, "say why" to which Erik replied, "Why." As with other sequels, there are some elements of this one that are similar to those in the first such as Mumble spoiling the opening musical medley and the inclusion of real humans, this time on a boat to save Sven and Lovelace. The choreography is not as prominent as that in the original but Mumble still executes it perfectly.Overall this is a worthy follow-up to 'Happy Feet' with its character and background designs and musical numbers as its redeeming merits. 8/10.
Michael O'Keefe This is a cheery and positive sequel to the Oscar-winning HAPPY FEET. The acclaimed tap-dancing penguin Mumble(voice of Elijah Wood)and Gloria(voice of Pink)have started a family of their own. Erik(voice of Ava Acres)is a bit shy and lacking confidence because he hasn't found his rhythm and footing among his peers. The young Erik attempts to runaway and places his admiration in The Mighty Sven(voice of Hank Azaria), who can fly. Mumble starts a trek to find his son, while their Antarctic homeland becomes threatened. All is not lost; for it will take the entire Emperor Penguin nation to pull together and dance in unison to save their world...and Erik is proud to be part of the effort. Other voices you may recognize: Sofia Vergara, Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Garcia, Johnny A. Sancez and Brad Pitt. Kudos to director George Miller.