Happy Feet Two took the darker tone of the first film and made it much more kid oriented, and I am not sure if I like that. What I loved about the first film was that they focused a great deal on story and I quickly liked the characters because they were nice, and Mumble was a bit of an underdog. It had a tone that interested both adults and kids, and won itself the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. But its a whole different movie now, it has more jokes that kids will laugh at and it tries to bring in new characters that will keep the audience entertained, but in actuality they were very weak. You may enjoy this sequel if you were a die hard fan of the original, heck even I really enjoyed the original, but it seemed like they were just trying to make a sequel that would pass off as a money grubbing animated waste.
The story again follows Mumble who now has a child with Gloria named Erik. Erik meets the Mighty Sven, a penguin who can fly, and this makes Erik have a new dream to fly. Mumble tries to assure him that an Emperor penguin cannot fly, but Mumble dreams anyway. Meanwhile Ramon is trying to adapt to all the ladies being in love with Sven, but he soon meets a female penguin who he becomes infatuated with. Also, two krill named Bill and Will have lived in a swarm of krill for many years, but when Will finally leaves in a dream to become more than the average krill, Bill follows and the two get caught up on an adventure they could have never imagined. When Emperor Land is trapped by a large glacier, Mumble and Erik are the only hope to save everyone and Erik must find his purpose in life.
The plot was missing the magic that made the first film so great. It seemed like they pulled in any story they could think of and put in musical numbers that could pass off as a animated sequel. There was one really great thing about this plot and it was the storyline with the krill Bill and Will. Just having completely different characters that had nothing to do with anything that was going on with the penguins actually was a relief, and knowing that it was Brad Pitt and Matt Damon made it even funnier I think. As for new characters such as Sven, Erik and his two other friends, and Carmen they were a very big disappointment and really did nothing incredible for the story. The original characters really had nothing new going for them as well, Mumble was having father troubles, Ramon ain't getting no love, and Gloria is just their for musical numbers. Kids may be able to buy into this movie, but as for me I just did not get into it like I did with the original.
The voice cast was as impressive as the original, and the additions of Brad Pitt and Matt Damon did not hurt. Elijah Wood was as good as he was in the first, and you cannot really say much for a voice character that he has done before. Robin Williams has always been a funny voice actor, and he does get a few laughs in this movie. Hank Azaria's weird accent made his character very unlikable, I do not understand what they were trying to go for with him. Brad Pitt and Matt Damon has the best voicing in this film, they were surprisingly hilarious and I really think they gave the film a boost. Overall a decent voice cast that was very better with Damon and Pitt.
Happy Feet Two has a few things that made the first film great. The animation was beautiful and just as great as the first film, they both had special moments that had incredible animation. The music truly was not all that bad, but it seemed to get out of hand with all the variety of music, and they actually lose the beauty of dancing that the first film had and add more music, which to be honest I did not like, there is even one scene where Erik sings and it was one of the creepiest things I have ever heard in my life. The jokes in the film were at times funny but there was one joke at the beginning of the film where Erik starts peeing and I already realized that this film was doomed to be a boring sequel. Sure enough, it bored me to death and only the sight of two funny krill were able to keep me interested. I recommend you see this film if you loved the first film, but I can promise you that you will feel embarassed to be in that theater listening to this shameful sequel.