Get Ready for 'Happy Feet 2'

Here's an announcement we've been waiting for: Happy Feet, one of the most delightful animated films of the past few years, will be getting a sequel. The director of the 2006 movie, which brought home the coveted Best Animated Picture Oscar, has signed on for the second movie -- as have stars Elijah Wood and Robin Williams. Plot details haven't been released, but Wood will definitely be playing Mumble, the vocally challenged penguin with the cutest dance moves. And Williams will be reprising his role as the loquacious misfit peguin Ramon.

As for the release date -- well, the first movie took four years to make. So it may be a while.

We're very curious about the plot for the second Happy Feet movie. In addition to the perennial "it's okay to be different" message, the first film hit on a very timely message about overfishing and pollution in Antarctica. It followed on the tail of the 2005 Al Gore environmental film An Inconvenient Truth, and the moral was driven home by the year's other penguin film, the documentary March of the Penguins. Sure, pollution is as much of a problem now as ever, and overfishing is an even worse problem than it was in 2006. But given the current backlash against environmentalists, will audiences be ready to hear it again?

Or maybe the new Happy Feet movie will find a different penguin-related cause to rally behind. As long as Savion Glover is still choreographing those penguin dance numbers, we're on board.

Plus: Should there be two separate Oscar categories for animated films?

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