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Happy Feet Two - Film Review

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by Rhys Annetts (subscribe)
A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later - Stanley Kubrick
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Mumble and the gang are back again, just in time for the Christmas holidays.

Mumble has grown up since the first Happy Feet film, and he is now spending the remainder of his life with Gloria (Pink). They now have a little boy named Erik (Ava Acres), who is struggling to fit in within the community and is trying to find out what his talent is.

As the movie follows Erik and Mumble's adventure, there is a greater threat on the horizon, that will make everybody within the community work together in order to survive.

Will Erik's talents have to be put on hold? Will he be able to find what he is truly meant to do with his life? Will his father Mumble be able to help, or is this too much even for him?

It seems the sequel of the popular Happy Feet has run out of ideas, as you can very easily lose interest in the narrative. It repeats a lot from the original and it seems that the writers and directors are scrapping the bottom of the barrel for ideas.

For a film which should not have been shown in 3D, and should not have even been produced for that matter, it will still make a killing at the box office.

Children will enjoy this movie and will talk about it for days after they view it. For every other viewing audience, don't bother wasting your time with this film, as it lacks visual effects and ideas which animation films strongly need in order to be a hit with both adult and children audiences.

I award this film 2 out of 5 stars, as it has failed to keep me interested and engaged.

Coming from a person who strongly enjoyed the first Happy Feet film, it saddens me that the sequel is disappointing.

All in all, children will enjoy this film and this is a great way to keep your children entertained for a couple of hours these holidays, but this film could have and should have been a lot better.
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