I’ve been trying to think of a way to put this into words… I mean, that IS the trick of this whole thing after all.
“Happy Feet Two” is very pretty to look at, it has the requisite amount of “messages”. There are funny scenes and characters, and a decent enough storyline for an animated film. All the parts SHOULD be adding up to a better movie when I do the movie formula math in my head, but they don’t.
Maybe that’s the problem. Maybe its too calculated, too formulaic, over-produced.
Whatever it is, it doesn’t connect with me, and as a result it winds up feeling superficial.