“Too Many Characters To Be Exposed And Developed And Lot Of Subplots.”
“01:40:32 Of Dancing Penguins, Stray Storylines, Superfluous Characters, Beautiful Animation, And A Cringe-worthy Scene Of Opera That Immediately Entered My Hall Of Shame.”
Miller makes nice, subtle points about interdependence on earth. Meanwhile, the earthmates in Happy Feet Two continue to dance, sing, and, yes, charm.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Like father, like son; like Disney, like everyone else. And like first movie, like sequel.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
For a computer-animated movie about dancing penguins, it's surprisingly leaden. Not even the impressive voice talent can rev up this clumsy spectacle.
- USA Today
The gotta-move protagonist of the first animated, Antarctica-set feature -- a misfit young Emperor penguin named Mumble -- returns for the sequel. Only this time he's all grown up... and a lot less fun.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Centuries from now, cultural historians will look at "Happy Feet Two'' and ask one question: What the heck were they smoking?
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Has absolutely everything except the light touch required for unaffected charm -- the mugging is savage -- a single piece of memorable original music, or a production number that's celebratory rather than trampling.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
The animation remains impressive, and there are some very funny moments, courtesy of the talented cast. But fans of the original will want to lower their expectations.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
It's hard to resist a children's movie where two comic krill named Will and Bill toss off a reference to existential angst one minute and make really bad wordplays, as in "Goodbye, krill world" and "one in a krillion," the next.
Nancy Churnin - Dallas Morning News
Much like its Oscar-winning predecessor, the story focuses on lads and dads, though there are strong mama figures and daughters, too.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Happy Feet 2 may not be blazing a trail as smoothly and distinctively as the original film did... but you and your kids will find it a pleasant enough journey.
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
For me, "Happy Feet Two" is pretty thin soup.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
If it weren't for the comic relief provided by Will and Bill, tiny shrimplike crustaceans known as krill and voiced by Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, this would be a forbidding return to Antarctica indeed.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
It's familiar enough not to spook fans of the (highly profitable) first, but Happy Feet Two branches out beyond prefab coming-of-age stories and gimmicky pop-song set pieces.
Sam Adams - Philadelphia Inquirer
The disjointed, undercooked sequel to the Oscar-winning 2006 hit aims to tell life lessons and celebrate pop music, but this would-be toe-tapper is curiously out of step.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
The original won an Oscar for best animated film. I wouldn't hold out the same hopes for the sequel.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Though it retains the buoyant musical stylings and splendid visuals that made its predecessor so distinctive, this chatterbox of a sequel loses its way with a raft of annoying side characters.
Justin Chang - Variety
Happy Feet was one of the greatest and most original animated films, but the sequel can't even decide what it's about for the first 40 minutes.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
We get a feeling we've seen it all before.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Follows in the original's footsteps on a more reasonable scale while sparing audiences an emotional ambush.
William Goss - Film.com
While 'Happy Feet' focused on the tap-dancing Emperor Penguin named Mumble... this one spends more time with his little son Erik... who is simply irresistible. If one agrees that penguins in general are cute, Erik ups the ante considerably.
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
The film reminds viewers young and old that to make a positive change, sometimes the little guy at the bottom of the food chain needs to stomp his feet.
Jennie Punter - Globe and Mail
Other than commercially, more is less in this antic, not so funny sequel to the 2006 blockbuster.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Sticks to the formula of the original while adding enough variety to give it a life of its own.
David Germain - Associated Press
97 minutes of nonstop joy.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
It's hard to resist dancing penguins, but "Happy Feet Two" may make you want to try.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
It shares more in common with the brash lunacy of Rango than the safe, flat work of Arthur Christmas despite the similarly chilly locals of the latter.
Glenn Dunks - Trespass
Happy Feet Two is a fun uplifting family flick that accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do.
Amy Curtis - We Got This Covered
"Happy Feet Two" is to 2006's "Happy Feet" what "Babe: Pig in the City" was to "Babe," a clever and adorable original film remade with most of the charm wrung out of it.
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
The film might be too chaotic for some audiences, but for those willing to sit back and enjoy the rapid-fire ride, Happy Feet Two will bring a smile to your face.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Not a bad film, just a disappointing one.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Miller has gone bigger and better on everything - the stakes are raised, the risk is greater, the fears are bigger, and, as a result, the pay-offs are better and the highs higher.
Matt Neal - The Standard
It's a film that only deals in excess, so unless you're a deliriously happy person with a serious foot fetish, you'd best give Happy Feet Two a miss.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Back to Antarctica for this second helping of "The Dance of the Penguins," the voices are in fine form.
S. James Wegg - JWR
Top grade animation and entertaining voice performances from its star packed cast saves Happy Feet Two from drowning in its bigger is better approach.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
More feet, more songs, more music, more characters ... more everything, but less of story than the original. The heart of the film is scattered, but it fails to connect as satisfactorily as it did before
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Youngsters and their families will be captivated by the show and the superb techno-whizzery never ceases to amaze
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
This is it: the collectivist kiddie flick that makes it look like fun to work together for the betterment of all. Disgusting!
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
What Happy Feet Two lacks in robust narrative is made up in song and dance, which provides the thrills - as well as the stars of the hour, the krills.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Brad Pitt and Matt Damon should have known better
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
The visuals are nice to look at.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It's a family-friendly food chain in which no one gets eaten.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Happy Feet Two is great to look at, but it goes off on odd tangents that prevent the plot from catching hold.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
At its best, this film offers some fantastic panoramic views of the kingdom of the multitudinous Emperor penguin.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
A film approximately 48 times worse than the original.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
The plot is flimsy and the script frequently off-key, heavy-handedly dealing with parenting and friendship issues then ladling on sickly sentiment.
- Liverpool Echo
Preaches acceptance but requires assimilation. You dance or you die. Join the party, swim with the swarm.
The visuals are frequently spectacular and the environmental concerns are admirable, but this simply doesn't have the charm of the original.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
Effectively, it's a few computer-generated birds staring into the abyss for an hour and a half. I know exactly how they felt.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
Technically accomplished and otherwise uninspired sequel to the 2006 CGI hit about a dancing penguin in Antarctica.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
This one is as stupid as it looks, which is saying something.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
A shambles that's somehow both terribly lazy and hernia-inducingly overcranked at the same time. Disappointing.
Ashley Clark - Little White Lies
It has its moments and is certainly not a bad film, but it fails to entertain in quite the same way.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
Plot-wise it's a meandering, stuttering mess with tsunamis roaring into life only to mysteriously disappear, a fistful of plot strands meaninglessly loitering about and any sense of danger immediately undermined by all-too-obvious solutions.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Enjoyable sequel with colourful characters, some terrific song choices, strong vocal performances and an inspired and hilarious sub-plot, but it's slightly let down by a weak central story.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
If there's a saving grace, it's the visuals, especially the beautiful scenes of orange krill. But that's about all.
Derek Adams - Time Out
If Miller is fearless enough to spin this morally and logically complex tale, deepening it and strengthening it with tough, dark themes, his technical filmmaking prowess are equal to the task.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
If the original, Academy-Award-winning "Happy Feet" left you with your toes tapping, then you'll leave this one with happy feet, too.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
...perfectly adequate family fare for the holiday season, but it's very much a second-tier cartoon movie.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
A whirlwind of activity and energy, very little of which makes sense and none of which coheres.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A beautifully made movie that never matches the freshness and enthusiasm of the original
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Why are these movies so depressing?
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
If you are looking for a family fun holiday weekend then "Happy Feet Two" is for you.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Overshadowed by more darkness, menace, heartache and anxiety than any talking-animal picture I can think of since Miller's last family-film sequel, the execrable Babe: Pig in the City.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
It's still a lot of fun to see dancing, singing penguins, but the meandering storyline never catches hold.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
If Happy Feet was tonally unsteady, Happy Feet Two is tone-deaf.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
While the film's 3D animation is pretty enough to look at in its large scale aspect, it does little to distract from a meandering story with very little substance.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Despite some amazing animation and cool song mash-ups, this flat-footed follow-up is as messy and overcrowded as, well, an island packed with poopy penguins.
Matt Stevens - E! Online
For all the noise and flapping, the movie, like its heroes, remains flightless.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
What we have here is a case of very flat 'Feet.'
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
This cheap knockoff has the same energy & spirit of exuberance, but the flimsy story is not as strong as its predecessor. The movie suffers from cliche-ridden dialogue after exhilarating highs from a string of big musical numbers featuring...
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
"It brings out my happy." For kids facing a potentially rough adulthood, it's probably a message worth hearing, maybe more than once.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
While the singing and dancing are still a lot of fun, Miller seems to have spent more time thinking of set pieces than storylines.
Dan Lybarger - MovieMaker Magazine
gets by largely on goofy energy and good-naturedness, not quote-unquote 'strong writing' or 'clear ideas.'
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Happy Feet Two works because the prospect of penguins singing covers hasn't lost its appeal.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
Mumble is grown up. He has a son Eric. The boy is convinced he can fly. If only his movie could fly.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Happy Feet Two is like the crazy nasty honey badger. It really doesn't give a...
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
In a lot of ways Happy Feet Two resembles the television show Glee; it's fun and magical during the musical numbers and kind of dull and uninteresting the rest of the time.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
While 'Happy Feet' focused on the tap-dancing Emperor Penguin named Mumble... this one spends more time with his little son Erik... who is simply irresistible.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
More than the ice is thin in Happy Feet Two.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
It's not very good as a film, but there's no denying its stunning animation, particularly in the service of its two daffiest new characters Will (voice of Brad Pitt) and Bill the Krill (voice of Matt Damon), and its sheer lunacy can be invigorating.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Penguin sequel has fun musical numbers, a few mild scares.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
As a philosophical krill on a voyage of self discovery, Brad Pitt single-handedly saves 'Happy Feet Two'.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
...doesn't even know how to play to its own strengths.
Chris Barsanti - PopMatters
It's not that songs like L.L. Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" or the Rivingtons' oldie "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" are better known. It's just that they're better written.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
The best animated film of 2011 with its quirky characters, lively dancing, soaring songs, and the heroism of many different animals banding together in face of an eco-disaster that threatens them all.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The show-tune-warbling penguins of "Happy Feet" are endangered by climate change in "Happy Feet Two." While I'm rooting for the survival of every creature, I wouldn't mind seeing this movie series become extinct.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Pointless and plotless, though not entirely flightless (a puffin named Sven passes himself off as a flying penguin).
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Although appealing to look at, Happy Feet Two is noisy, busy, and unable to spark much emotional involvement in the viewer other than fear for the characters' well-being and a touch of existential angst by way of a couple of krill.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Even though it mimics the original, "Happy Feet Two" is incoherent, and if there's an actual story here, it's drowned out by the vapid pop songs, yapping wisecracks and flapping wings of too many characters.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The script belongs at the bottom of the ocean. The songs belong on 'Now That's What I Don't Call Music.'
Matt Pais - RedEye
This is a film smart enough to set up atypically nuanced, supportive relationships between Erik and his baby-penguin friends, and dumb enough to regularly lean on repetitive broad physical comedy.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Aside from novel and smart uses of 3D effects, the new movie is largely a bore, all but sidelining Williams and straining to offset the monotony of a protracted rescue story with the sour misadventures of a pair of fussy krill.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
Duplicates many of the strengths of the original, without surpassing or even matching its originality and inspiration
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
It can't match the original, but it's not the first sequel to fail on that front, and it still offers plenty of fun and enjoyment in compensation.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
If not for a few, new additions to the cast and an oddly effective, overarching theme of existentialism, Happy Feet Two would be a wholly dismissible sequel.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Only the series' bread and butterthe song-and-dance performancesare able to occasionally buoy the flagging energy. When the music stops, "Happy Feet Two" flounders.
A penguin movie that even Werner Herzog might like.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The movie's bereftness of invention can be measured by how no story element builds on another. Instead, "Happy Feet Two" is plotted so that a bunch of disparate things happen, until it's time to end the movie.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
bright, zany, rollicking, and not at all engaging
Jason McKiernan - Filmcritic.com
The actual narrative - something about following your heart, the importance of family and global warming - is bland and disjointed.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Happy Feet Two is just too big and overloaded - too much of an almost-good thing.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
...the magic of the first often fades with part two's overly long and slightly redundant tale of singing and dancing penguins
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Fresh, funny and family-friendly,it's a cheerful crowd-pleaser.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
A disappointing sequel that retains the impressive visuals of the 2006 Oscar-winning original, but lacks its narrative energy and charm.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Lovely to look at despite the 3D, and sometimes bordering on the psychedelic, this crack-brained morality tale blends the sublimely weird and the cloyingly awful...
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
March away, penguins. Far away.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
Like me, you probably like a handful of the pop songs, but would describe the experience of seeing them performed by multi-million-dollar, anthropomorphized animals as not being too far off from watching a graphic training film on venereal disease.
Jaime N. Christley - Slant Magazine
This new round of toe-tapping musical numbers from the penguin population is shot in eye-poppingly gorgeous 3D and guarantees some very sweet holiday box office returns for Warner Bros.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
It has less plot than an hour of Sesame Street, fewer jokes than a Republican presidential debate, and astonishing computer animation, in wholly unnecessary 3D.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
A moralizing musical that feels the lesser of its Oscar-winning predecessor in every way, Happy Feet 2 dances as fast as it can but can't kick up any level of engagement beyond occasional raucous diversion.
Brent Simon - Screen International