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CultureMob Giveaway: Win HAPPY FEET 2 on Blu-ray

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Courtesy of the good folks at Warner Home Entertainment, CultureMob is offering a special giveaway for Happy Feet 2 on Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Digital Copy combo pack.  For more on this sequel to George Miller’s Academy Award-winning animated smash Happy Feet (which won Best Animated Film in 2007), I’ll turn to Warner’s official synopsis.

The sequel to the Academy Award®-winning animated smash hit, “Happy Feet 2″ returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica, reuniting us with the world’s most famous tap-dancing penguin, Mumble (Elijah Wood), the love of his life, Gloria (Alecia “Pink” Moore) and their old friends Ramon and Lovelace (Robin Williams). Mumble and Gloria now have a son of their own, Erik (EG Daily), who is struggling to find his own particular talents in the Emperor Penguin world. But new dangers are threatening the penguin nation, and it’s going to take everyone working–and dancing–together to save them.

I loved the original film’s freewheeling mix of florid showmanship and earnest environmentalist tract, yet Part 2 slightly disappointed me.  The good: the animation, which is as expressive and fluid as ever; the relentless pace (Happy Feet 2 wants to entertain, logic and coherence be dammed); the voice acting, which remains a star-studded treat (Brad Pitt and Matt Damon are particularly inspired as a pair of heroic krill).  The not-so-good: the film suffers from a strong case of sequelitis.  For all the activity on display, Happy Feet 2 just doesn’t have a whole lot that’s new to say (or sing, I guess), and it’s far too content to rehash beats from the first picture.  It’s the now-common movie malady: bigger, wilder, and utterly familiar.

Still, Happy Feet 2 isn’t offensive and it isn’t stupid, and in these days of insufferable “squeakquels,” animation fans could do much worse.  The Blu-ray itself is a real treat, sporting a luscious digital transfer and a full-throated 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track as well as a number of bonus supplements, including a Second Screen movie feature, four behind-the-scenes featurettes, musical sing-a-longs, and (best of all) a wonderful new Looney Tunes short.

See for yourself; I have one Blu-ray copy to giveaway.  It’s very simple.  To qualify for the disc, email me at moviegeek123@hotmail.com, put “Happy Feet 2 Blu-ray Giveaway” in the email subject line, provide your first and last name, and correctly answer the following question.

  • Not counting Happy Feet 2, stars Matt Damon and Brad Pitt have appeared in how many movies together?
    a) 3  b) 4  c) 5  d) 6

I’m going to stop taking entries at 8 PM EST next week on Monday, March 19th, so get your answers in before then.  Only contestants within the United States and Canada are eligible, and entering the same name under multiple email addresses will get you disqualified.  P.O. box addresses will not be accepted.  If you win the giveaway and send me a P.O. box, you will be disqualified.

The two winners will be informed privately on Tuesday, March 20th.  For anyone who doesn’t win, Happy Feet 2 streets on March 13th and will be available at Amazon.com.

On a related note: anyone interested in the Second Screen feature should download the free Happy Feet Two Movie App for IOS 4.2 or higher compatible devices, including iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.  The app synchs with the Blu-ray to provide enhanced content and interactive features from the Second Screen. This app is available through the iTunes store, which is located here.

–Note: Talk about the film on Twitter with the hashtag #HappyFeetTwo or visit the film’s Facebook page.