Samantha Ellis, Global Animal
George Miller’s Happy Feet Two takes place soon after the end of Happy Feet. Mumble (Elijah Wood), the tap-dancing penguin hero of the first movie, and his wife Gloria (Alecia Moore, aka P!nk) have had a son, Erik (Ava Acres). But unlike his musical parents, baby penguin Erik doesn’t want to dance.
Fluffy fledgling Erik flees to find himself amongst the Adelie penguins, with his “uncle” Ramon (Robin Williams), flying penguin Sven (Hank Azaria), and Adelie leader Lovelace (also voiced by Robin Williams). But Ramon is having his own problems: how will he win the heart of his dream girl, Carmen (Sofia Vergara).
Like Happy Feet, Happy Feet Two explores the often devastating impact of humans on the environment and the wildlife that lives there. We see Lovelace (also voiced by Robin Williams) sinking into a sea black with spilled oil, and the melting of the ice around the edges of the Antarctic. But people aren’t all bad, for “the aliens,” as the penguins refer to us as, saved Sven from exhaustion and Lovelace from an oil spill.
The marvelously crafted animals of the Antarctic capture the wonder of wildlife, and the symbiotic relationship between all creatures. While Happy Feet Two illustrates that interconnectedness of all life a bit more blatantly than would actually happen in nature, the film does cause us to see our own part in this world we share.
The side story of Bill and Will the krill, voiced respectively by Matt Damon and Brad Pitt, appears to have very little to do with the main plot-line of Erik and the Emperor penguins’ plight. This side-story, does, however, act in the role of comic relief – relying mostly on puns around the word “krill.”
While the movie is at times a little over-the-top, overall Happy Feet Two provides parents with wonderful opportunities to discuss our impact on the environment. How the food chain works, with the story of Will and Bill the Krill. As well as the importance of being yourself. While Happy Feet Two is certainly targeted at children, everyone can find something to love and something to laugh about.
We give Happy Feet Two 3.5 out of 5 paws.
Visit the official Happy Feet Two site: http://happyfeettwo.warnerbros.com/index.html
Watch the Trailer below.