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Blu-ray Review: ‘Happy Feet Two’ Stands in Shadow of Superior Original

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CHICAGO – Pick your pun — “Happy Feet Two” stumbles, trips, and has two left feet when compared to the Academy Award-winning original. Cluttered with characters, poorly paced, and tonally inconsistent, George Miller’s follow-up to his massive hit barely registered in theaters, but comes home with a pretty strong Blu-ray release from Warner Bros.

HollywoodChicago.com Blu-ray Rating: 2.0/5.0
Blu-ray Rating: 2.0/5.0

The movie only made a third of the original ($64 million as opposed to $198 million) and didn’t even get a nomination for Best Animated Film when the first one won. It doesn’t even compare. But the little ones may be entertained and the HD transfer is strong. The release is very slight on special features (especially for a high-budget kids movie) but it feels like this rare misstep for the great George Miller (“Mad Max,” “Babe”) is kind of being shuffled off to its fate on Blu-ray. Get it for the smallest members of your family who just want a bit more penguin action but if you’re one of the adults who adored the first movie, don’t get your hopes up for the second.

Happy Feet Two was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 13th, 2012
Happy Feet Two was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 13th, 2012
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Mumble is back, and he has a fluffy new addition to his huddle: a son named Erik! In this sequel to the Academy Award winning Happy Feet, it’s up to Erik to find his groove in a world where singing and dancing rule.

Special Features:
o Check Out Antarctica With Lil ‘P-Nut!
o Learn How To Draw The Adorable Penguin Erik
o Alecia Moore (Pink) Talks About Being The Voice Of Gloria And Writing Her New Song
o Have Even More Fun With The Happy Feet Two Movie App

“Happy Feet Two” features voice work by Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Alecia Moore, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sofia Vergara, Common, and Hugo Weaving. It was written and directed by George Miller and released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 13th, 2012.

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