Happy Feet 2
Direction: George Miller
Cast/Voices: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams
An all-dancing, all-singing, all-3D sequel to the Oscar-winning 2006 animated fable, Happy Feet 2 is every bit as exhilarating as its predecessor. Mingling bouncy musical numbers, humour and wondrous visuals, returning Australian director Miller once again keeps the ultra-cute penguins on their toes.
In a welcome development, the second installment features some of the most gorgeously rendered 3D effects since the heyday of Avatar (2009). The outcome should wow audiences ranging from toddlers to grandparents.
Miller, who collaborated on the smart script, focuses his imagination predominantly on the relationship between Mumble (Wood), the first film’s little penguin hero, now all grown-up, and his shy son (voiced in dulcet tones by Ava Acres).
Ostracised because he can’t dance, the young ’un ventures out in the company of a wise-cracking braggart (Williams). The misfit even finds a mentor of sorts in a ‘penguin’ that can fly. Yikes!
Inevitably, the penguin colonies unite when their idyll is threatened by a drifting iceberg. An environmentally conscious message is woven into the narrative.
The incredibly starry voice cast includes Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, who dub for a pair of goofy krill with uninhibited pizzazz.
Consistently charming, clever and colourful, the cartoon extravaganza actually leaves us wanting more. Bring on Happy Feet 3, please.