|Penguins break it down in ‘Happy Feet’ sequel|
|Written by Nathan Staller, Daily Vidette Reporter|
|Sunday, 27 November 2011 16:17|
Similar to its predecessor, “Happy Feet 2” weaves a heart-warming tale of finding one’s own place and voice in the world.
Overcoming obstacles and traveling great distances, penguins Erik and his father Mumble, the protagonist of the previous film, take off on an epic journey, which brings them face-to-face with seemingly impossible obstacles and tests the guts and grit of each character along the way.
While most sequels fail due to dry storylines and lack of new characters, “Happy Feet 2” succeeds by building on the already established story and incorporating fresh and lively new characters. Most notable of these new characters is the colorful and charismatic Sven.
As is often the case in animated films like this, the excellence of those voicing the characters is key to the film’s success. Adding the talents of famous names like Anthony LaPaglia and Hank Azaria amplifies the already star-studded cast and brings it to a new level.
Will and Bill, two krill who abandon their swarm, steal the show and stay with the audience even after the credits roll. The two krill, voiced by Matt Damon and Brad Pitt, embody the traditional odd couple friends. Will, who seeks to climb the food chain and experience life, drags his reluctant friend on the adventure.
As expected, “Happy Feet 2” continues its tradition of breathtaking animation. George Miller, director of the first film, pushes the visuals further and creates yet another epic tale for the silver screen.
Filled with messages about good parenting, climate issues and a host of other statements, “Happy Feet 2” combines the need for awareness with the amusing and guilty pleasures of animated classics such as “Finding Nemo” and “Up.”