While 'Happy Feet' focused on the tap-dancing Emperor Penguin named Mumble... this one spends more time with his little son Erik... who is simply irresistible. If one agrees that penguins in general are cute, Erik ups the ante considerably.
If there's a saving grace, it's the visuals, especially the beautiful scenes of orange krill. But that's about all.
For all the noise and flapping, the movie, like its heroes, remains flightless.
Happy Feet was one of the greatest and most original animated films, but the sequel can't even decide what it's about for the first 40 minutes.
We get a feeling we've seen it all before.
The gotta-move protagonist of the first animated, Antarctica-set feature -- a misfit young Emperor penguin named Mumble -- returns for the sequel. Only this time he's all grown up... and a lot less fun.
The film reminds viewers young and old that to make a positive change, sometimes the little guy at the bottom of the food chain needs to stomp his feet.
Other than commercially, more is less in this antic, not so funny sequel to the 2006 blockbuster.
The disjointed, undercooked sequel to the Oscar-winning 2006 hit aims to tell life lessons and celebrate pop music, but this would-be toe-tapper is curiously out of step.