Mumble the penguin (and Elijah Wood) is back for their sequel. But this time, he’s an unsure, flawed father whose son Erik has one problem: he doesn’t like to dance. After embarrassing himself, Erik runs away and meets a host of other characters. Mumble eventually finds Erik and takes him back home, only to find that their home trapped in a giant ravine created by a glacial collision.
The film would’e been wonderful if it was another coming-of-age movie about fathers and sons. There was a Finding Nemo feel to it with dancing and music, but Happy Feet 2 is spoiled by too many ingredients in the pot. There’s a penguin who can fly, two crustaceans with a rift in their bromance, a community of seals, and live-action humans who can riff Queen on a moment’s notice. Silly? Maybe. Superfluous? Certainly. Sometimes, you don’t need to use the entire cabinet of spices. Sometimes, all you need is a little salt.