Remember how fun, original, and heartfelt the first Happy Feet was? Well, George Miller — the man who started out making Mad Max movies before moving onto family friendly flicks like this series and the Babe franchise — has returned to the universe he helped to create in 2006 to revisit all of that. Unfortunately, though, he made the same mistake other filmmakers who once had a cult icon status did with some of their sequels — such as George Lucas and Sam Raimi — and tried to cram entirely too much crap into one screenplay.
Of course, whereas we all knew George Lucas would create Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith one way or the other, and nobody truly had any inkling of how bad Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 would wind up being, nobody actually asked for George Miller to make Happy Feet Two. As such, we can’t be very forgiving. Nor should we be. It’s interesting to note, however, that — although Miller has forced one item into his movie after another — he has ultimately, somehow managed to bring us 98 minutes of beautiful animation that is utterly and completely devoid of any design whatsoever.
The story here — which begins with rapping penguins, a sure sign we’re in for an excursion to Hell — deals with such topics as a father (Mumble, the penguin from the first film) attempting to connect with his young son, two krill (one of whom is gay) searching for a new and exciting existence, an evangelical-like motivational speaker Puffin bird named Sven, and an iceberg that has crashed into Antarctica and has threatened all of the characters we’re supposed to give a damn about. And why has the iceberg drifted into play? Why, global warming, of course! Now toss in a lot of music, dancing, and real-life human performers who play Queen on electric guitars, and you’ve got a recipe for a real snoozer.