Prepare your shoes for some more tor tapping. SciFiWire reports that Robin Williams, who played multiple characters in the animated dancing-penguin movie Happy Feet, confirmed that production is moving forward on a sequel, which begins shooting in Australia at the beginning of the year.
Director George Miller will again helm and is already mounting recording sessions for the 3D movie.
While promoting the dark comedy World's Greatest Dad, Williams said in a group interview:
I go to Australia in January. He's going to record there, which is great.
Williams recounted Miller's invitation by impersonating the director's soft-spoken, accented voice.
He's a very sweet man. He goes, 'Robin, I think we're gonna do another one.' Great, George. It's so great, because you realize George Miller, he did all those Road Warrior movies, and then he does this penguin movie.
Miller also helmed Babe:Pig in The City, and has a fourth Mad Max in the works. The comedian went on to take a jab at Miller's frequent Mad Max star, the troubled movie star Mel Gibson.
'And Mel's going to play a voice,'
Williams joked in Miller's voice.
For his own characters, Williams will reprise the two he established in the first Happy Feet, the South American penguin Ramon and the deep-voiced love guru Lovelace, but Williams has no plans to invent any new penguin voices.
Just two, I think. Just Lovelace, who I love doing because it's kind of based on Barry White, and then Ramon, who is the Argentinian macho penguin.
In Ramon's accent Williams said:
'I love doing heem because just to hear this coming from a penguin is always for me, jou know, the best thing about my life'
A staple of animated voices, including Genie in the blockbuster Aladdin, Williams holds Happy Feet near the top of his personal list.
I had a great time doing [the first film]. First of all, because the concept was interesting, but I got to work with all these great Chicano comics.
I was a always puzzled by the slew of penguin themed movies that came out a few years ago. Until I saw a baby penguin at the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, and it was the effing cutest thing I've ever seen in my life!
Happy Feet was the most successful of the penguin movies, internationally taking in more at the box-office than March of Penguins and Surf's Up COMBINED!!!! Take that Freeman and Labeouf!
Are you ready for another Happy Feet?