Happy Feet 2 brings audiences back to the Arctic for another song and dance day in the life of our favorite animated penguins.
Elijah Wood returns as Mumble, the can’t-stop-tap-dancing flightless bird. As the film begins we learn that Mumble has found a mate, played by Alecia (Pink) Moore. Having Pink in the film is such a blessing. Her vocal prowess gives the soundtrack some powerful mettle.
The environmental message still resonates as it did in the first film, yet it doesn’t hit the viewer over the head. The plot is pushed by the fact that the glaciers are breaking apart and creatures that were once separated by miles of ice are now forced together. In fact, in one massive earth-shaking move, Mumble’s clan of penguins becomes isolated and stuck in a deep crevice while Mumble’s out finding his runaway son. Once he finds his child, Mumble must find a way to rescue his kin.
The vocal talents of the cast are impressive. Excelling as usual is Hank Azaria as a “penguin” who is not what he seems. He channels a Nordic accent for the first time in his career to hilarious results. Robin Williams is his usual awesome self in double roles of Ramon and Lovelace. Specifically, his take on Ramon is the stuff of genius. And as we motioned, Pink is a stand-out, both as a singer and an actress. Her singing on the soundtrack is angelic on such songs as Rhythm Nation and the original song Bridge of Light. Even Sofia Vergara brings the va-va-voom to Happy Feet 2, solely for laughs, as Carmen, the love interest for Ramon.
Director George Miller is having a ball directing animation. After turns helming live action films such as the Mad Max series, The Twilight Zone movie and The Witches of Eastwick, the Australian director brings a power mix of song and dance with an earthly message and all-out joy to Happy Feet 2 that is pure bliss.
But the ones, both on screen and off, who steal the show are Brad Pitt and Matt Damon as Will the Krill and Bill the Krill. These two deserve a spin-off! These two have chemistry together in spades. Whether they are animated or live action, Pitt and Damon are a dynamic duo. Their Happy Feet 2 sub-story preaches individuality and perseverance, and most importantly, the importance of friendship and loyalty. Every scene they’re in is of the best of the film, and that is saying something. Both appear to be having the time of their acting lives portraying one of the smallest creatures on the planet with personalities that are twice the earth’s size.
Happy Feet 2 is fantastic fun for the whole family and everyone else in between. The singing, the choreography (yes animated creatures have to be choreographed -- in this case by legendary hoofer Savion Glover) and the voice acting are all top notch. Happy Feet 2 is, simply, terrific.