Posted by: ckckred | November 26, 2011

Unhappy Feet

Back in 2006, when I saw the first Happy Feet, I felt that it was boring, dumb, and, well, not so happy.  I maybe the only one who thinks this, but I hated the movie.  Not so much the same hate I have for the Transformers franchise or The Twilight Saga, but more than most of your average Saturday Night B-Movies.  I thought that the story was too sappy, even for a kid’s movie (really, singing and dancing penguins?) and the global warming message felt forced into the plot.

Happy Feet 2 looked a lot like the original with pretty much the same story: Mumble (Elijah Wood) has turned his penguin paradise into a dancing arena and now has a son named Erik (Ava Acres).  Now instead of singing, penguins dance.  But like Mumble in the first film with singing, his son can’t dance.  Sounds like a direct-to-DVD film.

Did I see Happy Feet 2 to find this out?  No, I just found this in some reviews.  But my point being is it sounds way too similar (Austin Powers 2 similar) to the original.

And most critics have commented on this.  Happy Feet 2 has gotten 43% on Rotten Tomatoes, and about 50 out of 100 on Metacritic.  Roger Ebert commented that “Happy Feet 2 is pretty thin soup. The animation is bright and attractive, the music gives the characters something to do, but the movie has too much dialogue in the areas of philosophy and analysis.”  And the movie hasn’t been doing much better in the box office; the film received just about $21 million on its first weekend last week, about half the size the original.

Director George Miller, who also crafted Babe and Mad Max, is talented at his craft.  But he needs to know flashing lights and bulbs don’t make a story, character development and analysis do.


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