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Happy Feet Two

In the first Happy Feet movie, Mumble (voice of Elijah Wood) broke the penguin tradition of singing by introducing dancing. But his own son (voice of Ava Acres) won't follow in his footsteps. Instead the boy wants to learn to fly!

Overall Grade: B+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: B
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Release Date: 18 Nov 2011
Run Time: 103
MPAA Rating: PG

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In-Depth Review

Mumble (Elijah Wood) the penguin is all grown up with a son of his own. Yet just as Mumble lacked the knack for singing in the movie  Happy Feet, his son Erik (Ava Acres) doesn’t have a forte for fancy footwork. While his father and the rest of the waddle of penguins look like they’ve just come off an MTV video shoot, Erik can’t catch a beat with his feet.

But after meeting the mighty flying Sven (Hank Azaria) whom he believes is a fellow penguin, Erik determines his dream is to soar through the air—a difficult feat for a flightless aquatic species. However when changing environmental conditions cause an ice shelf to slip and capture a colony of Emperor Penguins inside a snowy trap, the young chick determines that flying is their only way out.

Some brief moments of peril occur when several characters fall over cliffs, including a father seal that plummets down into a deep crevasse leaving his two little pups on the bank above. In the natural order of things, hungry predators also chase animals that are lower on the food chain. And some moments of veiled sexual innuendo take place between several characters including a bird that makes moves on another man’s wife.

Mixing animation with motion capture effects in a 3D format, Happy Feet Two is brimming with enthusiastic, highly choreographed dance routines and musical numbers. Added to those are some tender family moments that will capture the attention of even older audience members.

Content Details: Beyond the Movie Ratings...

Violence: 
A melting ice shelf falls into the ocean causing a large tsunami-like wave. Animals are chased by predators. A bird is caught in an oil spill.
Characters are trapped in an icy enclosure. A bird is afraid after he sees chickens roasting in an oven. A seal falls down a deep crevasse and is
trapped. A character talks about the sounds of the death throes. A father and son argue briefly. Two characters nearly plunge to their death after
falling over a cliff. A brief, veiled comment suggests the intent to commit suicide. Characters endure a harsh winter storm.

Sexual Content: A character tries to seduce another animal’s wife. An implied but highly veiled homosexual relationship is depicted. Brief sexual innuendo is included.

Language: Name-calling and infrequent, mild sexual comments are contained in the script.

Alcohol / Drug Use: None noted.

Other: An animal is embarrassed after he makes a mistake in front of others and wets himself.

Discussion Ideas: Talk About the Movie...

Who does Erik idolize in the beginning of the movie? Why is he so impressed by Sven’s ability to fly? What qualities does he later come to appreciate about his father? What changes Erik’s impression of his father?

What role does adaptation play in the ability to survive? What protections and other advantages do animals enjoy by being part of a larger group? Is it the same for humans?

What musical styles are found in this movie? Which one is your favorite?

Video alternatives

This film is the sequel to the 2006 movie Happy Feet. Penguins make appearances in other movies including: Mr. Popper’s Penguins, March of the Penguins, 3-2-1 Penguins and Mary Poppins. The birds in Chicken Run share the same desire to fly, with about the same chances of achieving their goal.

Home Video Notes

Home Video Notes: Happy Feet Two

Release Date: 13 March 2012

Happy Feet Two  dances onto home video in 2 packages: Blu-ray (Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet Digital Copy) or 3-D (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet Digital Copy). Bonus extras include:

- Helping Penguins and Pals

- How to Draw A Penguin

- Running with Boadicea

- Animated short: I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat

- P┬ínk’s New Song

- Sing-Along: The Mighty Sven, Bridge of Light

-  Happy Feet Two’ Movie App (Second Screen)

- BD-Live

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