CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"Happy Feet Two" shows the maturity of Mumbles

It is one of the great ironies of the holiday season that the motion picture industry issues their Oscar consideration flicks with dark themes about the end of the world or mental illness. **Happy Feet Two** and **Melencholia** is no exception this holiday season.

While the subtext of ***Happy Feet Two** deals with global warming, at least this animated sequel lacks the condecesion of an Al Gore/Michael Moore documentory. In fact, **Happy Feet Two** celebrates public problem solving based on individual actions.

It has been at least five years since the events of the first **Happy Feet.** Mumbles (Elijah Wood) and Gloria (Pink - replacing the late Brittany Murphy) are the parents to Erik( Ava Acres), a young penguin with learning disabilities. Given his painful youthful experiences, Mumbles attempts impart his wisdon upon his son, but the boy is too young to understand. Calamity happens and Mumbles must save his community yet again.

Don't fear kiddies, **Happy Feet Two** never ventures into **Melencholia.** The musical score is upbeat and families were dancing in their seats at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery IMAX theater. Like the first **Happy Feet,** ticket buyers will leave the show with a hitch in their giddyup. At least this columnist is thankful that he did not have to review **The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1** this weekend!
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