HAPPY FEET TWO (2011)
Release Date: November 18, 2011
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: George Miller
Screenwriter: George Miller, Gary Eck, Warren Coleman, Paul Livingston
Starring: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family
MPAA Rating: PG
GEORGE MILLER (Director / Writer / Producer) won the Academy Award® in 2007 for Best Animated Feature Film for the smash hit "Happy Feet," starring Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving. "Happy Feet" also saw Miller awarded the BAFTA for Best Animated Feature, as well as numerous other accolades, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Animation and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Animated Film. The American Film Institute declared "Happy Feet" as one of the Top Ten Best Films of the Year.
Miller is also a three-time Academy Award® nominee. He was honored with nominations for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for his work as a producer and a writer on the breakout hit family feature "Babe." The film earned a total of seven Academy Award® nominations, winning the Oscar® for Best Visual Effects. In addition, "Babe" garnered four BAFTA Award nominations, including two for Miller for Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical. Miller had previously received his first Oscar® nomination, for Best Original Screenplay, for the moving drama "Lorenzo's Oil," which he co-wrote, directed and produced. The film starred Susan Sarandon, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar®, and Nick Nolte.
Miller made his feature film directorial debut on the international success "Mad Max," which he also co-wrote. The film launched the career of its star, Mel Gibson, and spawned two successful sequels, "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior" and "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome." He is currently in pre-production on "Fury Road," which brings Mad Max back to the big screen.
More recently, he directed, produced and co-wrote the "Babe" sequel, "Babe: Pig in the City." Miller's other film directing credits include "The Witches of Eastwick," starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer; and the "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" segment of "Twilight Zone: The Movie." Miller has produced John Duigan's "The Year My Voice Broke" and "Flirting," as well as Philip Noyce's "Dead Calm," which brought Nicole Kidman to the world's attention. In 1995, he produced "Video Fool for Love," and then wrote, directed, produced and narrated the documentary "40,000 Years of Dreaming," the Australian contribution to the international celebration of the Century of Cinema.
A native of Australia, Miller earned a degree in medicine from the University of New South Wales. At a filmmaking workshop he met Byron Kennedy, and the two collaborated on a comedy short called "Violence in the Cinema - Part 1." The short won two Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards and, following its success, Miller and Kennedy formed Kennedy Miller Productions in 1972. Kennedy Miller Productions has since won more than 25 AFI Awards, 10 Logies (Australia's television awards) and various international awards.
In 1982, Miller wrote, directed and executive produced a six hour television miniseries called "The Dismissal," which broke all ratings records in Australia. Under the Kennedy Miller banner, Miller also produced the television projects "Bodyline," "The Cowra Breakout," "Vietnam," "The Dirtwater Dynasty," and "Bangkok Hilton," starring Nicole Kidman.
Miller is a key figure within the Australian film industry, serving as a Patron of the Sydney Film Festival, the Australian Film Institute and the Brisbane International Film Festival. He has been a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival twice, in 1988 and 1999. In 1996 he was awarded the Order of Australia for distinguished service to Australian cinema.
GARY ECK (Writer) is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer and director with a wide range of experience in film, television and radio.
Eck co-wrote and starred in the feature film "You Can't Stop the Murders" and starred along side Mick Molloy and Glen Robbins in "Boytown." He has written and directed several short films: "Tragic Love," "Bye Bye Tim," "Final Call" and "The Money," winner of the world's largest short film festival, Tropfest, held annually in Australia.
Eck's television credits include writing and performing on Channel 9's "The Nation," Comedy Channel's "The 50 Foot Show" and UK gold Network's "Live at Jongluers."
Early in his career Eck was a full-time comedy writer for radio where he voiced sketches and wrote one-liners and can still be regularly heard on Australia's national radio broadcaster.
He has performed stand-up at the Melbourne, Sydney and Edinburgh Comedy Festivals and has released two comedy CD's—The Hollywood Motel and Gary Eck Live!
WARREN COLEMAN (Writer) is a graduate of the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art and has written for film, theatre, television, radio and print in addition to acting and directing.
Among his many writing credits for film and TV are "Red Star," developed in a workshop production at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and short listed for the New York New Dramatists Playwright Award, and "The Castanet Club—A Movie You Can Dance To," in which he also performed.
His acting credits include the feature films "The Man Who Sued God," "Young Einstein," "The Crossing," "The Devil's Playground," the ABC TV series "Bad Cop Bad Cop," the Kennedy Miller mini-series "Vietnam," "Romeo and Juliet," Judy Davis' production of "The School for Scandal" for Sydney Theatre Company and Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" at Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney.
Coleman's directing credits include "The Venetian Twins" and "The Mystery of Irma Vep" for the State Theatre Company of South Australia, "Jack" for the Sacred Fools Theater, Los Angeles, "Buzz," which he co-wrote and also starred in for Belvoir St Theatre, "Tall Dog and the Under Poppy" at The Studio, Sydney Opera House, and "Effie...Just Quietly," for SBS TV. He was also associate director on the hit show "Rent." In addition, Coleman was the Australian director of "The Real Live Brady Bunch" and was also the show's touring director for its American tour.
Coleman was co-director and co-writer on George Miller's Academy Award®-winning animated feature film "Happy Feet," starring Robin Williams and Elijah Wood, and creative consultant on the animated feature film "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole."
Along with development work on the stop-motion feature "Mutt," for Film Victoria, his latest project is adapting Linda Jaivin's highly praised novel The Infernal Optimist into a feature film, with co-writer Stephen Abbott. He and Abbott have also created a TV series for Southern Star, and will next write a feature based on Barbara Moran's book The Day We Lost the H-Bomb.
PAUL LIVINGSTON (Writer) is a writer and performer best known for his comic alter ego, Flacco. He has toured extensively throughout Australia and internationally, with appearances at the Edinburgh and Montreal Comedy Festivals.
As an actor, Livingston's feature film credits include: Vincent Ward's "The Navigator," Wim Wenders' "Until the End of the World," Jane Campion's "Sweetie," Alex Proyas' "Dark City," and George Miller's "Babe" and "Babe: Pig in the City." His stage performances include The Sydney Theatre Company's productions of Nikolai Gogol's "The Government Inspector" and William Shakespeare's "As You Like It," both at the Sydney Opera House.
Livingston's writing credits include eight radio plays for ABC Radio National, and the stage play "Emma's Noise," directed by Neil Armfield at Belvoir St Theatre. Publications include Flacco's Burnt Offerings for Penguin books, who also published his first novel The Dirt Bath in 1998. His satirical self-help guide, Releasing the Imbecile Within, was released in 2003 by Allen & Unwin and in 2011 Penguin books released Paul's novelization of the screenplay for "Happy Feet Two."
His many television credits include writing for Network Ten's "Good News Week" from 2008 to 2011. He is currently writing the screenplays for the animated feature films "How Kate Beat the Blues" for producers Jamie Hilton, Michael Petroni and musician/collaborator Ben Lee and "Truck Dogs," based on the book by Graeme Base.
DOUG MITCHELL (Producer), George Miller's business partner, won the Academy Award® in 2007 for Best Animated Feature Film for the smash hit "Happy Feet," starring Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving.
Mitchell was born in Colombia and educated at Scottish boarding schools. After qualifying as a chartered accountant in London, he relocated to Sydney, Australia, where he became the protégé of the late Byron Kennedy, adding his knowledge of finance to the creative acumen of Kennedy and Miller.
He has been involved in producing "Babe" and its sequel, "Babe: Pig in the City"; "Lorenzo's Oil," starring Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon; "Dead Calm," with Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane; "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," starring Mel Gibson and Tina Turner; "Flirting," starring the ensemble cast of Noah Taylor, Thandie Newton, Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts; "The Year My Voice Broke," with Noah Taylor; and "Video Fool for Love."
Mitchell's television projects include the miniseries "Bodyline" and "The Dirtwater Dynasty," starring Hugo Weaving; "Vietnam," starring Nicole Kidman; "The Cowra Breakout," and "Bangkok Hilton," starring Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving, and the tele-features "The Riddle of the Stinson," "Fragments of War" and "The Clean Machine."
He is currently in pre-production on "Fury Road," bringing Mad Max back to the big screen.
BILL MILLER (Producer) along with his brother George Miller, and producing partner Doug Mitchell, produced "Happy Feet," the Academy Award®-winning animated smash hit.
Miller also shares the honor of being an Academy Award® nominee with George Miller and Mitchell for their work as producers on the hit family film "Babe." In addition to being nominated for Best Picture in 1996, the film earned a total of seven Academy Award® nominations, winning the Oscar® for Best Visual Effects. It also won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical and garnered a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Film.
Following the success of "Babe," Miller also went on to serve as a producer on its sequel, "Babe: Pig in the City."
He worked alongside George Miller and the late Byron Kennedy on their early short films, including "Violence in the Cinema, Part 1," a 14-minute parody of the violent films of the 1970s. This short won two Australian Film Institute Awards, and provided the filmmaking trio with the confidence to pursue more ambitious projects. Miller then served as an associate producer on the original "Mad Max," starring Mel Gibson.
A successful arts and entertainment lawyer, Miller gave up his legal career to collaborate with George Miller and Doug Mitchell.
He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
CHRIS DEFARIA (Executive Producer) produces and oversees the development and production of Visual Effects and Feature Animation for Warner Bros. Recent projects include the "Harry Potter" films, the recent "Batman" series, "I Am Legend," "Where the Wild Things Are," "Watchmen," "Sherlock Holmes," "Sweeney Todd," "Clash of the Titans," "The Matrix" trilogy and "Green Lantern."
Spearheading the studio's expanding efforts in innovative animation and hybrid filmmaking, deFaria was instrumental in the production of "300," "Corpse Bride" and "Happy Feet," and recently served as executive producer on Zack Snyder's first animated feature, "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" and "Sucker Punch."
Prior to that, deFaria produced the hit "Cats & Dogs" and the combination animation/live action comedy "Looney Tunes: Back in Action."
He is the recipient of three regional Emmy Awards and two NATPE Iris awards. His extensive television credits include numerous documentaries, prime-time specials and longforms, including, as producer, "In Concert Against AIDS," NBC's "And Then She Was Gone," "Amityville 5," "Amityville 6" and "Tremors II."
PHILLIP HEARNSHAW (Executive Producer) has worked in the film and television industry for 35 years, beginning with Peter Weir's "Last Wave" in 1977.
Several highlights from Hearnshaw's long association with Kennedy Miller, (later KMM), over the past decade are Academy Award® nominated "Babe" and more recently Best Animated Picture Oscar® winner "Happy Feet," on which he served as associate producer; and, for the small screen, "Fragments of War," "Riddle of the Stinson" and "Vietnam."
Among the low budget features he championed are producer Anna Maria Monticelli's "La Spagnola," on which he was co-producer and first assistant director; and "Deck Dogz," produced by Bill Bennett, on which he served as associate producer and first assistant director.
In 2007, Hearnshaw was honored by the Directors Guild of Australia with an inaugural career achievement award for his work as a first assistant director.
GRAHAM BURKE (Executive Producer) is Managing Director of Village Roadshow Limited. Burke's most recent film credits as executive producer include George Miller's Oscar®-winning animated adventure "Happy Feet"; Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," starring Johnny Depp, and the motorcycle racing action-adventure "Torque."
In addition to film production and distribution, Burke has been one of Village Roadshow's strategic and creative forces in furthering the company's interests in cinema chains, radio stations and theme parks. He founded Roadshow Distributors with Roc Kirby in 1968, and was an initial director of radio station 2DayFM. Burke also spent four years as the original Commissioner of the Australian Film Commission.
BRUCE BERMAN (Executive Producer) is Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures. The company has a successful joint partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures to co-produce a wide range of motion pictures, with all films distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
The initial slate of films produced under the pact included such hits as "Practical Magic," starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; "Analyze This," teaming Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal; "The Matrix," starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne; "Three Kings," starring George Clooney; "Space Cowboys," directed by and starring Clint Eastwood; and "Miss Congeniality," starring Bullock and Benjamin Bratt.
Under the Village Roadshow Pictures banner, Berman has subsequently executive produced such wide-ranging successes as "Training Day," for which Denzel Washington won an Oscar®; the "Ocean's" trilogy; "Two Weeks' Notice," pairing Bullock and Hugh Grant; Eastwood's "Mystic River," starring Sean Penn and Tim Robbins in Oscar®-winning performances; "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions"; Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," starring Johnny Depp; George Miller's Oscar®-winning animated adventure "Happy Feet"; the blockbuster "I Am Legend," starring Will Smith; the acclaimed drama "Gran Torino," directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. He most recently served as executive producer on Guy Ritchie's action adventure "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, the sequel to Ritchie's worldwide hit "Sherlock Holmes."
Berman got his start in the motion picture business working with Jack Valenti at the MPAA while attending Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC. After earning his law degree, he landed a job at Casablanca Films in 1978. Moving to Universal, he worked his way up to a production vice president in 1982.
In 1984, Berman joined Warner Bros. as a production vice president, and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Production four years later. He was appointed President of Theatrical Production in September 1989, and in 1991 was named President of Worldwide Theatrical Production, where he served through May 1996. Under his aegis, Warner Bros. Pictures produced and distributed such films as "Presumed Innocent," "GoodFellas," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," the Oscar®-winning Best Picture "Driving Miss Daisy," "Batman Forever," "Under Siege," "Malcolm X," "The Bodyguard," "JFK," "The Fugitive," "Dave," "Disclosure," "The Pelican Brief," "Outbreak," "The Client," "A Time to Kill" and "Twister."
In May of 1996, Berman started Plan B Entertainment, an independent motion picture company at Warner Bros. Pictures. He was named Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures in February 1998.
DAVID PEERS (Co-Director / Cinematographer—Camera) has been working with George Miller since joining Animal Logic for the lensing of the original "Happy Feet." He is one of the key creatives in the formation of Dr.D Studios, the facility that created "Happy Feet Two."
Peers began his career as a camera operator until joining the facility Cutting Edge in Australia, where he set up the company's CGI department and worked as the visual effects supervisor on numerous music videos and commercials. At Kennedy Miller Mitchell he helped establish the Story Unit, responsible for designing sequences for "Happy Feet Two."
He has won a number of awards for his work, including an Australian Cinematographers Society Gold Award, shared with Eric Whipp, for their documentary "Rainforest: Beneath the Canopy."
ROB COLEMAN (Animation Director) is a two time Oscar® nominee for his animation work on "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" and "Stars Wars: Attack of the Clones." He has also been nominated for two BAFTA Awards for his work on "Men In Black" and "The Phantom Menace."
Coleman spent 14 years at Industrial Light and Magic and Lucasfilm Animation, working closely with George Lucas. He was chosen as one of the most creative people in the entertainment industry when he was added to Entertainment Weekly's "It List" in 2002 as their "It CG-Creature Crafter" for his work on the digital Yoda. Coleman is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and The Visual Effects Society.
WADE ROBSON (Choreographer) received two Emmy Awards for his groundbreaking work on the Fox series "So You Think You Can Dance" and is currently Artistic Director for Demi Lovato. He has choreographed and directed music videos, commercials, award shows and world tours for recording artists such as Britney Spears, NSYNC, Usher, Mya, and P!nk.
Born in Brisbane, Australia, Robson began dancing professionally at age five, moving to America and performing in Michael Jackson music videos, multiple commercials, films and TV shows before the age of nine. Robson began teaching dance at the famous Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood, California when he was only 12, which led to his first professional choreography job for MCA recording artists Immature at just 14 years old.
At 16, Robson was asked to do choreography for Britney Spears' 1999 world tour. He went on to write, direct, remix the music, direct the video segments and co-design the sets for her award show performances and world tours, including the acclaimed "A Dream Within a Dream" HBO special. He did the same with NSYNC, which included their POP ODYSSEY World Tour. He also choreographed Spears' famous Pepsi Commercials, her sultry "Slave" music video and NSYNC's "POP" music video.
He co-wrote and produced songs for Britney Spears' multi-platinum Britney album and 4 songs from *NSYNC's multi-platinum Celebrity album, including the Grammy nominated single "Gone." This led to Robson's unprecedented deal with The Universal Music Group, where he has written and produced music for such recording artists as Justin Guarini, Dream, The Backstreet Boys, James Ingram and Carly Simon, and released an album of his own dance music entitled Wade Robson's Project-Dance Beats, Vol. 1.
Robson created, produced and starred in MTV's hit series "The Wade Robson Project." He has written, choreographed and directed commercials for Sirius Satellite Radio and Power Shoes, as well as award-winning short films, and also choreographed Cirque Du Soleil's "Criss Angel Believe" at the Las Vegas Luxor Hotel & Casino.
DEIN PERRY (Choreographer) has been at the forefront of the Australian entertainment industry for over three decades.
He revolutionized tap dancing around the world when he conceived and choreographed "Tap Dogs," a contemporary tap show built around the themes of his industrial experience growing up in Newcastle, Australia. The hit of the 1995 Sydney Festival, it has since been performed in 350 cities, 37 countries and dazzled audiences in excess of 11 million, receiving over 11 international awards, including an Olivier Award for Best Choreography, an OBIE for Best New Production and a Drama Desk Award for Most Outstanding Choreographer.
Perry and his Tap Dogs have made numerous international television appearances, including "The Jay Leno Show," "The Today Show," "Ellen," "The Jerry Lewis Telethon" and "Quincy Jones 50th Anniversary Special." Perry was also invited by the American Tap Association to perform at the New York City Town Hall alongside some of the true tap greats, including Savion Glover, Buster Brown, Harold Nicholas and Donald O'Connor.
In 2011, Perry's Tap Dogs celebrated their sixteenth year of touring the world.
KATE WORMALD (Choreographer) moved to Melbourne from the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia when she was 18. Her choreography credits include Gabriella Cilmi, Cobra Starship, Bras & Things, Napoleon Perdis and Loreal Matrix. She previously worked as an assistant to choreographers Wade Robson, Kelley Abbey, Jason Gilkison, Nathan Wright and Matt Lee.
Wormald has performed in London for the Queen, Prince William and Prince Harry with the likes of Leona Lewis, Boyzone, Ricky Martin, Jamelia, Will Young, James Morrison & Charlotte Church.
Her additional performing credits include "Fame: the Musical," "Footloose," "Oh What a Night," George Miller's "Happy Feet," "X Factor," "Australian Idol," "IMT," "TV Week Logie Awards," Cliff Richard's Australia/NZ tour, "ROVE, Long Way to the Top," the MTV Awards, ARIA Awards, Nickelodeon Awards and various corporate shows around the country.
Wormald was also a contestant in 2008 on Australia's "So You Think You Can Dance" and has appeared in a variety of music videos for Jessica Mauboy, Amy Pearson, Jade McCrae, Vanessa Amorosi, The Vines, Guy Sebastian & Tamara Jaber.
In addition, she has had the privilege to be an ambassador for such brands as Clinique and Norsca.
SAVION GLOVER (Dancing & Choreography of Mumble) reunites with George Miller to create the dance sequences for "Happy Feet Two," having choreographed the Academy Award®-winning "Happy Feet."
He is the 1996 Tony Award winner for his choreography in the Broadway smash hit "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk." He is also the recipient of the 1996 Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, two OBIE Awards and two Fred Astaire Awards for his choreography and performance in "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk," as well as the 1996 Dance Magazine Choreographer of the Year Award.
Glover made his Broadway debut at age 12, starring in "The Tap Dance Kid." His additional Broadway credits include "Black and Blue," and "Jelly's Last Jam," co-starring Gregory Hines. Glover made his film debut at age 13 in "Tap," with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. For television, he was a series regular on "Sesame Street" for five seasons and was also featured in Kenny G's "Havana" and Puff Daddy and the Family's "All About the Benjamins" music videos. Glover produced and choreographed the ABC special "Savion Glover's Nu York." He starred in the Showtime movie "The Wall," and choreographed the HBO movie "The Rat Pack." In 2000, he toured the nation with "Footnotes: the Concert," featuring tap legends Jimmy Slyde, Buster Brown and Diane Walker, and starred in Spike Lee's film "Bamboozled."
JOHN POWELL (Composer) was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for his work on "Happy Feet."
He received Oscar® and BAFTA Award nominations for "Kung Fu Panda 2" and is the recipient of four Ivor Novello Awards for Best Original Film Score from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, for "Shrek" in 2001," Ice Age: The Meltdown" in 2006, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" in 2010 and "How To Train Your Dragon" in 2011.
Among Powell's other recent film credits are "Rio," "Fair Game" and "Knight and Day."
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