Back in 2006, George Miller (the mind behind the Mad Max movies) hit it big with his kid-friendly animated flick, Happy Feet. The film managed to gross some $384 million worldwide in theaters, thus ensuring that we would eventually “get” to see more celebrity-voiced penguins singing pop songs and dancing in Happy Feet 2.

There’s a new trailer out for the Happy Feet sequel, which looks to by and large to be a carbon copy of the original film. But, then again, was anyone really expecting it to be anything else?

For those who really want to know, here’s the official lowdown on Happy Feet 2:

In the film, Mumble (voice of Elijah Wood), The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son Erik (Elizabeth Daily) is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven – a penguin who can fly!! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s ‘guts and grit’ as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures – from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals – to put things right.

Fair warning: If the sight of cute baby penguins performing Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back” or going all “gangsta” against a cartoonish elephant seal sounds like something you cannot handle… well, best you skip on watching the theatrical preview for this film.

Everyone else can check out the Happy Feet 2 trailer (via Yahoo! Movies) below:

While the computer animation in Happy Feet 2 looks decent enough, there’s nothing on display in this footage that’s really going to win over people who weren’t already planning on taking their kids to see the sequel. It has all the same popcorn elements of the first film (penguins performing pop songs, Robin Williams comic relief, etc.) and offers a bit more of a adult-oriented storyline than the first Happy Feet. So chances are good that if you enjoyed that movie, you will at least be able to tolerate the followup.

However, don’t be surprised if Happy Feet 2 fails to reach the same levels of financial success as its predecessor managed five years ago. It should still have a decent opening weekend, since its competition (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) will both appeal to very different crowds.

The problem is that during the following Thanksgiving holiday frame, the Happy Feet sequel will butt heads with fellow family-friendly pictures like Arthur Christmas, The Muppets, and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. So moviegoers with young ones will have a couple of better looking other choices to pick from.

Happy Feet 2 dances its way into 2D and 3D theaters on November 18th, 2011.

Source: Yahoo! Movies