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HAPPY FEET TWO available on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and for download 3/13

Be sure to check out the free Happy Feet Two movie app for iPhone, iPad and iPad Touch. The app synchs with the Blu-ray disc to provide enhanced content and interactive features.


While HAPPY FEET TWO ($36) may be glorious eye candy, the animated film isn’t quite as entertaining as the original. As they say, second helpings aren’t quite as satisfying… and I think the largest problem with HAPPY FEET TWO is that it is trying too hard to create another story that mixes an environmental message, along with similar outcast/coming of age stories, plus musical numbers. There are just too many divergent ingredients in HAPPY FEET TWO that really don’t gel as well as the filmmakers may have hoped. This isn’t to say that HAPPY FEET TWO doesn’t have its charms, but one may be harder pressed to appreciate them.

The plot of HAPPY FEET TWO finds that grown Emperor Penguin Mumble (voiced by Elijah Wood) is now married to Gloria (voiced by Alecia Moore AKA P!nk) and they have a son Erik (voiced by Ava Acres), who becomes embarrassed by his first failed attempt at dancing. After his embarrassing escapade, Erik, along two of his young compatriots run away; following Adélie Penguin Ramon (voiced by Robin Williams) back to the habitat of his fellow Adélies. When they arrive at the Adélie habitat, they discover that a "flying penguin" called The Mighty Sven (voiced by Hank Azaria) is now revered and worshiped in a near god-like fashion by the Adélies for his uncanny ability. Sven attempts to instill Erik with the idea of the power of positive thinking, before sending him home with his father, who has come after the missing youngsters. On their way back to the Emperor Penguin habitat, a huge iceberg has managed to trap all of the Emperor Penguins in a confined area without food, which leaves Mumble, as well as his three young penguin charges, searching for a way to save the rest of their kind from staving to death. The vocal talent behind HAPPY FEET TWO also features Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sofía Vergara, Common, Hugo Weaving, Richard Carter, Magda Szubanski and Anthony LaPaglia.

Warner Home Video has made HAPPY FEET TWO available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. HAPPY FEET TWO comes with a near flawless 1080p presentation that allows one to appreciate every bit of CGI eye-candy that the movie offers up. Like other Blu-ray releases that are mastered off the original digital computer files, HAPPY FEET TWO produces a superb picture with outstanding clarity, dimensionality and detail. Additionally, the CGI texture mapping of objects and characters is truly outstanding with every bit of every frame appearing wondrous. Colors are fully saturated and are rendered without flaws in eye-popping fashion. Blacks are inky perfection, while the whites have pure digital clarity. Additionally, contrast demonstrates the kind of smoothness that can only be created in the digital realm. As I stated above, the presentation comes directly from the digital files, so there is no grain, nor will one find any visual imperfections in the image.

HAPPY FEET TWO is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Like the visuals, HAPPY FEET TWO delivers the goods in the audio department. HAPPY FEET TWO benefits from a nicely directional sound design that effectively conveys the both the action, as well as the natural environments. Sound effects pan between channels in effortless fashion. In addition, HAPPY FEET TWO is also a musical, which benefits greatly from the lossless encode. Musical numbers are comprised of film specific versions of popular songs, which sound simply amazing in lossless, as do the sound effects. The bass channel is a powerhouse, supporting both the film’s action, as well as the musical numbers. Both singing and speaking voices have a warm, natural quality, plus all of the film’s dialogue is always completely understandable. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as, as well as the extras. Featurettes and other programs include the following: Helping Penguins And Pals (twelve minutes), How To Draw A Penguin (five minutes), Running With Boadicea (three minutes) and P!nk's New Song (two minutes). A Second Screen feature that integrates iPad, iPhone or iPod touch for additional supplemental content is also included on this release. I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat is a new CGI animated short included on the disc, which features classic talents of Mel Blanc. Three brief Sing-Alongs are also provided. HAPPY FEET TWO is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player). Disc two offers a DVD copy of the movie for those who are still on the fence about making the upgrade to Blu-ray. An authorization code is provided for an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the film, which is just a stream away.

HAPPY FEET TWO offers a weaker story and less structurally cohesive experience than its predecessor; however, it is one glorious piece of CGI animated eye candy. The Blu-ray presentation cannot be faulted. Worth a look and a listen.


Happy Feet Two (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy) (2011)


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