Friday, October 6, 2017

Happy Feet Two (2011 Film) Review

 Happy Feet is a movie Daisy suggested but it was one film that I had avoided for years. We saw the original about a year ago I was pretty unimpressed. But something inside me still wants to see sequels to movies no matter how bad (well maybe not that horrible) and Daisy had rented the movie in our queue. Now the funny thing is that Happy Feet won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and I didn't like it at all. Critics were saying this one was worse, but could it really be worse than I expected or about the same as the original? 
 The story starts with Mumble's new son Erik. Like his father, Erik just doesn't quite fit in. While Mumble has gotten the rest of the Emperor penguins dancing, little Erik just doesn't do much with his little feet.  His father tries to encourage him to practice dancing, but Erik's peers start to laugh at him. Which causes the cute baby penguin to run away and cry. Erik's two friends Bodicea and Atticus convince him to follow the Adelie penguin Ramon back to the land of his penguin-brothers as Ramon does not really belong with the Emperor penguins anyways. Erik's father Mumble has to follow their trail to find his son. 
 The Adelie penguins have a god-like new ruler named Sven. The other penguins are amazed by Sven as he's the only penguin who can fly. However Sven is not really a penguin, he's a puffin bird. Mumble eventually finds Erik with Sven, and the faux-penguin god sides with Mumble when Erik refuses to go back home. However it will be the journey back that will change the life of all the penguins (and several other arctic animals) forever. Will everyone make it safely back home, or will their be tragedy on the way? 
Overall I thought Happy Feet 2 was just a bit worse than its dull predecessor. That being said, I actually have a soft-heart for Sven, as puffins are my favorite birds and I liked his character. But like the original Happy Feet, the sequel relies too much on cute penguins and music than an amazing story. Critics finally got wise and a lot did not like it, and it flopped at the box office causing one of the studios that helped create it to close their doors for good. We actually watched this the other night after I got home from work, and this movie didn't help keep me awake. It's not horrendous, but lets just say that I hope no idiot manages to make Happy Feet Three. 

Score: C-  

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