MyBrownBaby Fresh: A Happy Feet Two Review, From A Kid’s Perspective

Note: The Happy Feet Two Penguin Pack Giveaway has ended. If you participated, head over to the giveaway post here to see if you won—and thanks for playing! For the MyBrownBaby readers who won family pack tickets to see Happy Feet Two screenings in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Chicago: I hope you had a blast. We sure did! Below is a review by my daughter Lila, age 9. Enjoy and, if you’re so moved, shout out my baby in the comments section.


My mom took me to see Happy Feet Two, a film about penguins who have a home near an iceberg. The lead character is Erik, a cute little penguin who is the son of Mumble, the daddy penguin who was the tap-dancing star in the original Happy Feet movie. Mumble is very nice and brave, but his son doesn’t feel he is cool or can think outside of the box, and he’s always accusing his dad of not understanding him, especially since he can’t dance as fancy as his dad. So Erik he runs off with his two friends for a big adventure. When they stumble on a new community of penguins, they discover a very special penguin who can fly and Erik wishes that he could, too.

During his big adventure, Erik and his friends run into some big trouble, and Mumble has to come to their rescue, but Erik isn’t impressed by his dad’s smarts or bravery. But by the time they make it home, a big iceberg crash traps all of the penguins in a deep ditch that they can’t escape, and Mumble and Erik finally prove to each other that they are both very brave.

To save their home, Mumble is helped by a funny cast of characters, including the flying penguin The Mighty Sven and his friends; a giant elephant seal named Bryan the Beachmaster, who is mean and honery but has a big heart, and two tiny krill, Will and Bill, who prove that no matter how tiny you are, you can make a difference.

I really liked the movie because it was very funny, exciting, and adventurous. I also loved the singing and dancing—it made me want to get out of my seat and dance, too. We saw it in 3-D, and it was the best 3-D I’ve ever seen! The pictures were super colorful and clear and it made me feel like I was right there in the snow and the sea with all of the animals.

I would totally recommend you go see this movie with your kids—especially in 3-D. If you do choose to go see it this weekend, please come back here to MyBrownBaby and leave a comment telling me if you liked it, too!

Happy Feet Two, starring Common, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Robin Williams and Modern Family’s hilarious Sofía Vergara, opens in theaters nationwide today, November 18, 2011.

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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.


  1. Nicole Duncan-Smith

    So insightful! You are a brilliant writer.

  2. What a great review! You’ve convinced me to take my daughter. I think she’ll love it. 🙂

  3. I love your review. Our entire family will see it this weekend. I hope I get the urge to get out of my seat and dance too:)

    Hugs and Mocha,

  4. Brilliant work, Lila!
    You’ve definitely persuaded me to go see it!
    Thank you for your perspectives–I love when movies make me want to get out of my seat and dance!

  5. Great article. You have reassured me that it is a great idea to watch it this weekend.

  6. Great review, Lila! I am not surprised that you are a brilliant writer ;0) I think I will bring the boys..hopefully they will like it too!

  7. Loved the movie!! and LOVE LOVE Lila’s Review!!

  8. Lila, great review!! You’re absolute correct about the dancing right out of your seat. As a matter of fact, my six year actually did get out of his seat and danced!!!
    We totally enjoyed the 3-D version and I know this Happy Feet soundtrack will make it’s way onto our iPods!

    Thanks, LT and Elijah

  9. Great review, Lila! I loved the first one, and am looking forward to seeing #2 with my son this weekend.


  10. Great review, Lila! Can’t wait to see the movie!

  11. Lila,
    You are such an inspiration! I just read the post to my (nearly) 7 year old who is SO pumped to see this. He loved the first one. And, I am going to bring this post to my middle school writers group to inspire them to try to publish their nonfiction work too! I loved how you focused in on the relationship between the father and son, and the changes they had to go through to make it to the safe conclusion! Bravo and thank you.

  12. Really enjoyed your review, Lila! You are a very persuasive writer. I don’t have any children of my own; however, after reading your review, I have decided that I am going to take my friend’s children kids to see Happy Feet 2!

    Looking forward to supporting more of your creative efforts! Thanks!!!

  13. Dear Ms. Lila ,

    thanks for the review! We look forward to seeing Happy Feet over the holidays. By the way, you brought tears to your old teacher’s eyes! xoxo
    Ms. Heather

  14. Hi Lila,
    As an educator and a mother, I was very impressed with your review. You are a great writer and I want to encourage you to continue express yourself in this medium. You will inspire many…. just as you’ve inspired us to take our four-year old daughter to see Happy Feet 2 during this holiday season. This will be her first theater experience and we are going to have her write her version of a review of it as well. Blessings and Light to you and your family!

  15. I am so impressed with your writing. I enjoyed your review much more than I did the movie. I took my 4 yr old and I was not impressed with the movie at all. I think it was too long and a bit over the top. I think it might have been too much for a 4yr old to get the concept of Global Warming and that we are all connected. The only part she really enjoyed was the the few singing and dancing scenes. I guess after seeing happy feet the original movie I expected it to be more entertaining. Thanks for sharing your review. Keep up the good work.

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