Wade Robson has directed music videos for the likes of 'N Sync and Britney Spears, hosted the 2003 MTV series "The Wade Robson Project" and has been a judge and choreographer on Fox's competition series "So You Think You Can Dance" since 2007.
And now his choreography is for the birds — specifically adorable singing and dancing animated penguins. He's choreographed the opening number of "Happy Feet Two," the 3-D sequel to the 2006 Oscar-winning animated comedy, which opens Nov. 18.
Robson used 15 dancers to perform the opening dance number that was shot by motion capture in Sydney, Australia, last year. "Obviously, you are suspending disbelief with dancing penguins but there was a huge mantra from director George Miller that there are all of these rules in penguin biology and we have to follow them as much as possible," said Robson.
"There are moments when we push it a bit. I had these two assistants who worked on the previous film and they had been through this whole process already. They had gone through intense penguin school and they were the ones who knew all the rules. I would start going nuts [with the choreography] and they would say, 'Penguins don't do that.'"