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Happy Feet Two

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Penguin sequel has fun musical numbers, a few mild scares.

Movie PG 2011 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 5+


Its a really cute adventure.
age 5+

Better than the original in spots, surprisingly solid ending

This film was average to eh as it trudged along and I was half paying attention. Then the songs go from pop music redos to Broadway musical style and the film begins to take a turn. Although I am not a huge fan of the genre the film does an excellent job of making me care about the plight of the penguins, the elephant seals and the melting glaciers. By the end the film whips you up into a well layered musical ending number frenzy with just enough time for you to cheer along with the characters, even the krill, who for the most part seemed like the weak links until you apparently need them.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (22 ):

Animation wise, HAPPY FEET TWO is a stunning achievement. The underwater sequences and the iceberg disaster are particularly impressive, but all of the animation is top notch. Director George Miller has also mastered the art of the elaborately choreographed animated musical number: The sequel seems to feature even more show-stopper performances (usually led by Pink) that the original, each of which was planned by a team of famous choreographers, including tap dancer Savion Glover (who's responsible for all of Mumble's moves thanks to motion-capture technology).

Story wise, however, the movie is a bit cluttered with extra characters. Although it's a hoot to hear Brad Pitt and Matt Damon voice Will and Bill the krills -- who are separated from their swarm and wind up having existential crises about their purpose in the world -- there are just too many secondary characters detracting from the central storyline between Mumble and Eric. In particular, the flirtatious banter between Ramon and Carmen (Sofia Vergara) is forced and forgettable, and the audience doesn't have a chance to fully connect with Eric's young pals. Overall, the musical numbers and the 3-D animation are fantastic, but the actual story isn't as cohesive as the original's coming-of-age tale.

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