Happy Feet Two on Blu-ray
Every time a Pixar film comes out, I feel a little bit dead inside. They generally don’t speak to me. I’m not charmed by them like most people seem to be. I’ve generally stopped watching them because I prefer to avoid that awkward moments when someone asks me exactly how much I loved it. This is one of the reasons that I rarely watch animated films. I have not seen Happy Feet. But now I really want to. Happy Feet Two was awesome.
All I knew about the first film is that my grandma saw it and thought its climate change agenda was ridiculous since climate change doesn’t exist. I also heard it was vaguely pro-gay. Well, sure, it has both those things. But who cares? It follows a family of emperor penguins as they try to rescue their entire herd (is that what a group of penguins is called? Perhaps a flock?) that has become trapped thanks to shifting ice structures–you can surmise why. Penguins of other flocks lend their hand, other species do what they can to help, even some passing humans try to help but are forced to leave due to a storm. These humans are not animated, they’re real life actors. Which I thought would definitely not work out, but it was done really well, it is Antarctica after all. There is also a side story about two krill, Will and Bill who decide to leave the swarm of krill that they’ve known all their lives in order to become carnivores. They were freaking hilarious.
Of course, there’s a whole slew of celebrity voices powering these adorable animals. Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sofia Vergara, Robin Williams are just a few. In a strange twist for a movie that seems to have such an intense social conscience it turns out that dancing was what saved the day. This seems irresponsible. And to be honest, the song and dance numbers, covers of popular songs like ‘Sexy Back’ only reworded with penguin-relevant lyrics, were my least favorite part of the film. But it’s easy to look past them at the beautiful animation, the clever dialogue, and adorable animals. I loved it.
Warner Brothers provided BFR with a Blu-ray for this review.