Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happy Feet Two

Story: Mumbles and the gang are back in the sequel of Happy Feet! Jumping forward, we are now introduced to Erik, son of Mumbles and Gloria.

Review: I never thought that Happy Feet will have a sequel. It seemed to me the first story had a closure and it would be unlikely to have a new story. The movie brought back Elijah Wood, Robin Williams,  Hugo with exception of the late Brittany Murphy, of course, but was replaced Alecia Moore a.k.a. Pink. Also joining the original cast for the first time are Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Hank Azaria and Sofia Vergara.

 Although I still like the first movie, the sequel had lots of laughs. Robin Williams never fails to provide comic relief for his dual role as Ramon and Lovelace. Although the two characters are differently voiced depending on the characters, you can always identify Robin Williams by the voice since he made many voice characters such as Genie from Disney's Alladin, Batty from Ferngully: The Last Rainforest and a lot more. Thanks to his background in stand up comic acts.He also did the title role Popeye in a live action movie back in 1980 and made numerous impersonations in Good Morning, Vietnam in 1987 and a lot more to mention.

Pink also did wonderful for the role of Gloria. With her background as a recording artist and making her debut as a supporting character, we may not seen the last of her in the movies. Joining Williams in the movie's comic relief is Hank Azaria. He is also no stranger to voice acting. He did numerous regular characters in The Simpsons and is also a known comedian. What I never expected was that Brad Pitt and Matt Damon are also a revelation as the new comic duo in the movie. They are superbly hilarious. I would not be surprise if they had similar projects in the future.

The story does not concentrate on Mumbles alone. It also balances with every character especially his son Erik. This makes it also as a movie for the whole family and there are a lot to draw insights from. The 3D is the best way to enjoy the movie. I suggest to reserve the best seats early so you won't be run out or else the 3D may not be enjoyable. Happy Feet Two opens in cinemas November 23 and is distributed by Warner Bros. Phils. Advance screening was held at IMAX SM Mall Of Asia.

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