Happy Feet 2: Movie Review

So you think you can dance? 

On a dance floor or a blanket of snow?

[Rating: 3.5]

Director: George Miller

Cast: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, P!nk, Hugo Weaving, Common, John Goodman, Ray Winstone

Synopsis: The sequel to the Academy Award-winning animated film Happy Feet 2 brings audiences to landscape of Antarctica, reuniting us with tap-dancing penguin, Mumble (Elijah Wood), the love of his life, Gloria (Alecia Moore {Pink} and their old friends Ramon and Lovelace (Robin Williams). Mumble and Gloria now have a son of their own, Erik (EG Daily), who is trying to identify his own talents in the Emperor Penguin world. The plot revolves around how dangers threaten the penguin nation and how penguins cope with them by working and dancing together.

Review: Snow, snow all around… Aah! What a feast to the eyes. Especially when you feel transported to the coldest continent on Planet Earth, Antarctica amidst the white landscape and penguins! Yes, the penguins are back tap dancing happily in their kingdom with Mumble as the Emperor Penguin (voice over by Elijah Wood). This story is about Mumble bringing up his family especially solving father-son issues with his fur ball son Erik who is "choreo-phobic", and being a responsible denizen in a world where everything is reaching apocalypse and nature, flora and fauna are finding it difficult to co-exist with each other. The story at a point starts looking like a "Finding Nemo", when Mumble and Erik quarrel and Erik leaves "home" to get some wild adventure with his friends. The penguins sing and dance and remain happy just like they did in the first part. It is most endearing to see inanimate characters looking so alive, throwing light upon all the hard work that goes into making an animated film with a moral.

George Miller deserves all the accolades as do his team members for another fantastic presentation of a lesser known world, Antarctica. In these times it is of utmost importance that we as the most evolved living beings of the Planet should take a learning from a film like Happy Feet 2. It talks about Global Warming that needs urgent attention, and what better way to talk to us on behalf of the animals living in a far-away continent and fighting for survival like we do in our concrete jungles respectively albeit at a different level. 

The beauty of an animated film is that it can be watched and enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Doing an incredible job of engaging tiny tots so that they can learn about social issues from a very young age and shape up as responsible adults.This movie sees Hollywood superstars- Matt Damon and Brad Pitt, lend their voices to the adventure-seeking crustaceans, Will and Bill. Also, Robin Williams returns in the two-birdie roles as Ramon and the colourful Lovelace. 

There are Whales, Sharks, Penguins, Elephant Seals, Crustaceans living almost in harmony with one another trying to keep their world together. My eyes felt moist at a few points in this film, one with the baby Elephant Seals being taught to be "grown-up men" and another where Erik stands up for his father and consequently helps him save their entire community. Erik finally finds a reason to dance and boldly accept his shortcomings. A boldness we all must imbibe as it ensures we uncomplainingly accept life’s lessons on family values, societal norms and the need to rise above them all. Happy Feet is about being grounded even as life teases us to shake a leg or two.

Verdict: It is an honest effort by the filmmakers, but the first part was a tad-bit better. Nonetheless, it is a treat!

Saumya Sharma

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3 Comments

  1. Devendra K. Chauhan

    November 19, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Nice review on the film but review should not be a long story. Just give a gist about the film and leave some curosity for the readers to watch the film.

    • Ratheesh

      November 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      I agree.. the review should be crisp. its not that a detailed review is not called for.. i love reading detailed reviews, gives you a lot of context.. however, The fact if that there are many critics who give detailed reviews, and anyone who is interested can go to their respective websites to read them, people come to bookmyshow.com to book tickets, browse thru other stuff… and read a quick review.. not the same long, detailed ones. i hope you get my point!!
      Waise i loved the movie too..

  2. chetan

    November 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I saw the movie and its awesooooooooooome hats off for the team…

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