Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy Feet Two Review for Blu-Ray Elite!!!

One of the lighter films Warner Bros. sent me for the blu-ray elite program was the animated flick, Happy Feet Two directed by George Miller. The film has an all star cast, Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Pink, Sofia Vergara, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. The film centers on a young penguin, Erik (voiced by Ava Acres) that doesn’t seem to fit into the clan of penguins he calls home. His father Mumble (Wood) tries diligently to teach him that it’s okay to be different and unique, but when disaster strikes their home town, and all the penguins need to work together in order to survive, Mumble sees another side of Erik.

Happy Feet Two was cute, fun and lively but I unfortunately was a little disappointed. I had never seen the original so I really didn’t know what to expect. But, this film was quite sad and dark then most animated films I’m used to. This adorable penguin is humiliated within the first five minutes of the film, and I want to crawl in a hole with him and cry. Then, you begin to think the film’s theme will be about originality and that 'you should be happy to be who you are'. But, the film takes a turn, and unfortunately that turn is rather slow and sad. The penguin’s home town is struck with disaster and almost all of them are trapped except for a few key birds. The rest of the film is watching them struggle to survive. To have the word ‘Happy’ in this film is a bit of an oxymoron, because I felt very sad and almost bored throughout most of it.

In conclusion, I do think that children will love this film because it has popular song remixes and most of the characters are unique, quirky and funny.  Happy Feet Two is highly recommended to people who enjoy animated films dealing with animals, music and the thought that if you believe in yourself, everyone will believe in you, too. 

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