Happy Feet Two

November 18th, 2011

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Happy Feet Two

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Mumble's son, Erik, is struggling to realize his talents in the Emperor Penguin world. Meanwhile, Mumble and his family and friends discover a new threat their home -- one that will take everyone working together to save them.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 5.9/10 (5,583 voted)

Critic's Score: 50/100

Director: George Miller

Stars: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Pink

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.

Writers: George Miller, Gary Eck

Carlos Alazraqui - Nestor (voice)
Lombardo Boyar - Raul (voice)
Jeffrey Garcia - Rinaldo (voice)
Johnny A. Sanchez - Lombardo (voice) (as Johnny Sanchez III)
Sofía Vergara - Carmen (voice)
Robin Williams - Ramon / Lovelace (voice)
Elijah Wood - Mumble (voice)
Pink - Gloria (voice)
Ava Acres - Erik (voice)
Benjamin Flores Jr. - Atticus (voice) (as Benjamin 'Lil P-Nut' Flores, Jr.)
Common - Seymour (voice)
Magda Szubanski - Miss Viola (voice)
Hugo Weaving - Noah the Elder (voice)
Brad Pitt - Will the Krill (voice)
Matt Damon - Bill the Krill (voice)

Taglines: Every step counts.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 18 November 2011

Filming Locations: Fox Studios, Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Box Office Details

Budget: $130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $21,237,068 (USA) (20 November 2011) (3606 Screens)

Gross: $63,859,638 (USA) (19 February 2012)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

Delivered to theaters under code name 'Cold Package'.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: One of the characters is a puffin. Puffins live on the north pole, not the south. However the story describes how the puffin came to be in Antarctica.

Bill the Krill: What's happening, Will!
Will the Krill: It's the wave of change, Bill! We've got to get on the ride!

User Review

Every step counts.

Rating: 5/10

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. -- (C) Warner Bros

I thought HAPPY FEET was pretty great. The film was foot-tapping fun and the dark turn it took in the third act, while unexpected, made it edgy and different for me. When a sequel was announced, I thought it seemed unnecessary. How far can you really stretch the premise of penguins who can dance and sing? Apparently, not that far. After viewing the sequel, it very much does seem unnecessary and wholly forgettable within ten minutes after you walk out of the theater, which is disappointing to say the least. Other than this, the main problem with HAPPY FEET 2 is that there aren't that many good musical numbers as compared to the first one. Most of them are pretty mediocre. However, there are probably around three that range from good to great, one of which uses the song "Under Pressure," which is easily the best number in the entire film.

Another problem I had was the dark tone of the film. It's a bit TOO dark, if you ask me. You see the younger penguin characters constantly be put in danger which made the film very uncomfortable to watch, and what these characters go through in the film would probably traumatize them for life. The film also suffers from messy storytelling. For example, the subplot with the shrimp characters (voiced by Matt Damon and Brad Pitt) seems to come from nowhere and is out of place from the rest of the film. It also doesn't help that the characters are so damn annoying. As for the 3D, it's put to good use in some places but, overall, it's really unnecessary. The one good thing I can say about the film is the look of it, which is very beautiful. I also liked Pink a lot, who gives a boost for all the musical numbers she sings in, along with Robin Williams, who has a few great jokes up his sleeves.

Overall, HAPPY FEET 2 is a disappointment considering that I am a fan of the first film. Director George Miller doesn't seem to have his heart in the right place for this sequel compared to the first film. However, the film is slightly better then CARS 2 if that says anything.

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