Happy Feet Two Reviews

  • 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

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