Rating: 2 stars out of 5
The Stars: Elijah Wood, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt
The Buzz: The sequel to the US$380 million surprise blockbuster hit boasts some big name vocal talent, including Brad Pitt, Hugo Weaving and Matt Damon.
The Story: Mumble (voiced by Elijah Wood), the penguin from the first film, is now a parent. His son, Erik (Ava Acres), is trying to find his role in the Emperor Penguin world. A new threat enters the picture to threaten their home.
inSing.com thinks: Box office doldrums? Studio executives know where to turn to, and it’s not 3-D. Yes, it’s penguins. Those lovable critters almost guarantee box-office success, as we’ve seen from “Mr. Poppa’s Penguins” and the grouchy bunch from “Madagascar”. Maybe there’s something about their black and white look that’s easier to animate as well, which might also explain why Pandas are also so damn popular.
Also lured to add more buzz to the movie are first-tier superstars Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, who voice a couple of krill, those microscopic prawn-like creatures, along with Robin Williams as the Casanova penguin Ramon and the saucy vocals of Sofia Vergara from the hit comedy “Modern Family”.
Mumble, the virtuoso dancing penguin from the first movie, is now a dad, with a son called Erik. Erik wants to be his own penguin, and you’ll probably know the rest if you’ve seen any Hollywood animated features for the past few years. A few brief musical segments break up the film, though the film really falls into a lull in the middle when most of the Emperor Penguins get trapped in a prison-like canyon. (Since this is a kid’s film don’t expect any “127 Hours” style flipper-chewing antics).
The film does touch on global warming and the importance of the individual, but otherwise this animated feature plays it safe. Too bad so much of it feels like a drag, and hopefully the franchise will be put on ice after this instalment.