Elijah Wood's penguin alter-ego Mumble demonstrates some impressive dance moves in "Happy Feet Two," but the actor says he can "hold his own" on the dance floor.
"I don't think I can dance as well as these penguins can," Wood told OnTheRedCarpet.com at the film's Hollywood premiere. "My go-to move, just because I think it applies to almost any song, is sort of a twisting motion. It's the twist, but the twist can be so many things - it can be short here, it can be wide."
In "Happy Feet Two," which hit theaters on November 18, Mumble's son, Erik, is struggling to find his talent within his penguin community. Meanwhile, Mumble and his family, along with the rest of the community, realize that there's a very real threat to their home that forces them to band together to survive. Elijah Wood reprises his role as Mumble and Robin Williams voices Ramon and Lovelace. Sofia Vergara, Pink, Hugo Weaving, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt also lent their voices to the film.
Wood said that he didn't have any one-on-one penguin contact before the first animated film, but he had a chance to do some bonding before the latest installment.
"I went to Sea World a couple of years ago and actually got to spend a little bit of time with the penguins, I got to pet them. That was cool," Wood continued. "They're incredible. They're quite docile. I was around a King Penguin, which is quite similar to an Emperor, they're just a little bit smaller and the way that they stand upright, there is something a little bit human about them. They're amazing."
The 30-year-old actor has picked up quite a few penguin facts since appearing in both "Happy Feet" films.
"In 'Happy Feet' one, when we established the concept of having a 'heart song,' they actually do have their own unique vocal imprint that is unique to them, that defines them, so that's actually where that came from."
Nowadays, Wood can be seen on television. He appears in the new FX comedy series "Wilfred," which debuted on Thursday, June 23 and sees him playing Ryan, a man who squabbles with a dog, who he sees as a man in a costume.
The actor is also set to reprise his role in "The Hobbit," the two-part prequel to the hit "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
Wood's character, Frodo, was the main character in "Lord of the Rings" movies and is the nephew of Bilbo, who also appeared in the films. The character is the protagonist in "The Hobbit" novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, who penned the entire series. The book tells of Bilbo's quest to find a treasure guarded by a dragon and also explains how he obtained the magic ring that drives the plot of "Lord of the Rings."
"It's extremely close to the book," Wood told OnTheRedCarpet.com in June. "In fact, it's actually a flashforward in time. Frodo is not alive around the time period of 'The Hobbit.' It's about 60 years before Frodo's birth, I think. So ultimately, myself and Ian Holm, who played Bilbo in 'The Lord of the Rings,' will have some scenes together that will precede the 'Hobbit' time."
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," is set for release on Dec. 14, 2012 and in the second, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," hits theaters on Dec. 13, 2013. Filming began earlier this year in New Zealand, where the "Lord of the Rings" movies were also shot.
Watch the trailer for "Happy Feet Two" below.
Reporting by Tony Cabrera, special correspondent of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).