It may be cold at the North Pole, but Warner Brothers’ “Happy Feet Two” (opening Friday, Nov. 18 in North America) will warm the heart and tickle the feet as it takes the viewers on a magical journey to meet some of the most captivating characters on the screen.
“Happy Feet Two” is a 3D visual delight, featuring thousands of dancing penguins, a breathtaking view of Antarctica and a collection of striking sea creatures swimming in the ocean. It’s a film perfect for the little ones and adults, too.
The eagerly anticipated sequel to the Oscar-winning “Happy Feet” and once again directed by George Miller, the film returns with Mumble (Elijah Wood), who has since grown up. He has a feisty and restless son named Erik and is married to Gloria (Pink, who does an awesome voiceover job as Mumble’s wife and then delivers powerhouse vocals on the “Happy Feet Two” the soundtrack).
Rock penguin Ramon (Robin Williams, delivering a sultry Latin accent) appears and dazzles the penguin nation. When Ramon decides to return to his home, Erik and his two pals follow him.
Mumble sets out to bring his son and pals back to the fold, but when he returns, a shifting iceberg has cut off the whole penguin flock from food and trapped them in an insurmountable valley.
Mumble realizes that it is up to him to rescue the others—and as he struggles to save the other penguins, Erik develops a newfound respect for his father’s courage.
The film also introduces a flock of colorful characters including the Mighty Sven, (Hank Azaria) a penguin who can fly; a couple of shrimp-like creatures called krills, Will (Brad Pitt) and Bill (Matt Damon); who discover the true value of friendship and togetherness; the devoted and loyal Seymour (Common); and Sofia Vergara, as the sexy Carmen.
With the help of a humongous band of elephant seals, and accompanied by a snazzy rendition of Queen’s “Under Pressure,” the penguins ban together to dance their way out of the valley.
The film harkens on time-honored themes such as loyalty, friendship, and the importance of keeping one’s word.
The animated film is Grammy-award winning Common’s first foray as a voice over character, which he said he enjoyed immensely.
“I always wanted to motivate and do things for kids, and ‘Happy Feet Two’ is part of that,” said Common
Common is not only featured in the film, but his new album, “The Dreamer, The Believer” is set to be released in December. “Fans can expect great music,” he said.
The “Happy Feet Two” soundtrack will keep you groovin’, with songs like “Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake, “Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson and “Mama Said Knock You Out” by L. L. Cool J. The movie ends with a killer rendition of Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope” (Ice Cold Mix) that will get you out of your seat and dancing out of the theater.
Take yourself, the kids and grandma too: “Happy Feet Two” is a real treat.