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Kidsday interviews 'Happy Feet Two's' Elijah Wood

Kidsday reporters Anthony Papadopoulos, Chloe Rothenberg, Jenna DeVencenzo

Kidsday reporters Anthony Papadopoulos, Chloe Rothenberg, Jenna DeVencenzo and Kevin Kratina with actor Elijah Wood (voice of Mumble in the movie "Happy Feet Two") at the Warner Bros. screening room in Manhattan Credit: Newsday/Pat Mullooly

We went to Warner Bros. Studios in Manhattan to see a preview of the new film “Happy Feet Two” in 3-D. We were soooo excited to see the movie because we all loved the original “Happy Feet.” The sequel was amazing!

The setting is still Antarctica, and Mumble is still the main character. The movie begins with Mumble (voice by Elijah Wood) and his fledgling son, Erik (Ava Acres). Erik is not much of a dancer like his father, and he decides to run away with his two friends and uncle.

The viewer journeys across Antarctica with Erik as he tries to discover his special talent. At the same time, his two krill friends, Bill and Will, are trying to change their lives from being the bottom of the food chain. Erik and Will and Bill’s stories are very similar. They all meet many new characters on their trips and encounter many problems. All of the characters believe that when there is a will, there is a way. Mumble saves the entire penguin community and builds a strong relationship with his son. Erik realizes his family will always love and support him.

Our favorite parts of the movie were when the penguins were singing and dancing. We were dancing in our seats! We also enjoyed the new Pink song “Bridge of Light.” This movie was great because it is in 3-D.

RATING 5 (out of 5)

We got to interview Elijah Wood right before the movie!

Is changing your voice to sound like a child easy or hard?

It’s fun. I didn’t have to do it in this film because my character, Mumble, is older. He’s a father in this one. So actually I had to make him sound older, like deepening my voice a little more. But in the first film, there was actually someone doing my voice, like the really young child, and then I kind of had to make the transition from the child to sort of the adolescent.

How do you remember lines?

With animation, what’s kind of nice about it is that we don’t have to. Because we’re recording in a sound booth, and with this we actually recorded with all the cast together. We actually have our dialogue in front of us so we can read, because it’s] unlike a film and live action where you’re playing the scene and you have to have it all memorized.

Do you like being an actor?

I do. I think it’s always a new challenge. The different films I work on, the different projects that I do. I get to travel for work, I get to work with other incredible actors and creative people. . . .    I sometimes get to learn things that I wouldn’t normally learn. A role might call for you to play an instrument, and you would have to learn that instrument.

What was your favorite movie?

It’s such an obvious answer, but probably “The Lord of the Rings.” I love the films as a fan watching them, but they also represented such an amazing experience in my life. It was four years making them and living in New Zealand, playing that character, growing up.

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