Happy Feet Two
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The sequel to "Happy Feet", the Academy Award®-winning animated smash hit, "Happy Feet Two" returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica. 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.
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THE DISC: The animation was just as stunning this time around as in the first film, and it looks great on Blu-ray. Also, as with the first, there is a seamless blending of computer animation and actual people (in a couple scenes). Bottom line: this movie would make a great reference for a large HDTV. There's also some special features to enjoy after the film, although a little less this time than with the first one. The first featurette is a 12-minute educational film on Antarctica, its animal inhabitants and climate change, with the child actor who voiced Atticus. While interesting and informative, this short documentary is clearly aimed at children (like the film). Next up is a 5-minute featurette with the storyboard artist on how to draw a penguin. While you might think it teaches someone how to draw a penguin, it actually shows how the artist created Erik on the computer. Cool, but not what I expected. As on the previous movie, they include a Warner Brothers cartoon, but this time it's a computer animated Looney Tunes short instead of a classic, hand-drawn one. While it features a lot of the humor and gags one would expect from Looney Tunes, the computer animation didn't exactly feel right to me. Rounding out the extra material are three sing-alongs which should be fun for the kiddies.
OVERALL: This sequel isn't as good as the first one, but the visuals are eye-popping and the musical numbers are just as entertaining. The extras are also decent, so it makes sense to purchase this if you enjoyed the first HAPPY FEET.
We saw this in the theater and my daughter wanted it for her birthday, so far she's watched it a half dozen times.
As far as writing and character development goes, this movie lacked it most every department... the songs were pretty cheesey, the characters were cheesey, and the story was a little (dare I say it) cheesey. HOWEVER, it had a few funny moments and when you let go and realize that you are NOT watching some masterpiece that's going to change the face of the movie experience... it was a pretty decent movie.
As I said, the delivery was earlier than expected. When I played the disk there were a couple of minor short glitches in the playback but I don't want to go to the trouble ofsending it back and ordering another. That's why I only gave it 4 stars. The disc looked ok and I realize these companys can't be expected to sit through every disc they buy.