Intertwining real life with animation was okay with Roger Rabbit, but that’s about it. There was no point for that in the first and definitely wasn’t needed in the second. Computer animating humans can’t be that hard, so why take away from the imagination of the cartoon world and throw real life in there? Again, the story seemed a bit rushed, it didn’t have to be a Titanic long tale, but a little more focus on Erik’s outsider dilemma would’ve given me a bit more closure instead of the quick resolution.
The undertones of the changing world were definitely in the sequel, but it wasn’t as abrupt as in the first, so that was a major plus. And of course the singing and dancing is going to cause instant squeals in even the harshest people. Also, a special shout out to Pink for doing a great job taking over for Brittany Murphy (RIP). Common and Benjamin Flores Jr. also deserve accolades for bringing a bit of street cred to the penguin world.
But let’s revisit why Happy Feet Two will be a quotable movie; the krill. Will and Bill’s bromance verges on a full blown relationship with lines that may only be caught by the older folks. Like Erik, Will doesn’t feel like he fits in with the krill swarm and feels the need to set out on his own. It’s like that in Ice Age with Scrat and his nut, but this one has actual words, a deeper meaning and more laughs.
A simple and fast story line mixed with some of the most adorable creatures on Earth with a tiny pair of stars sums up Happy Feet Two best, so in the end it’s a neutral time out at the theater. You won’t leave amazed, but you’ll at least leave with a few good laughs under your belt.
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