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Kung Fu Panda 2
Prepare for the Year of Awesomeness!
Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five - Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. It is up to Po and The Furious Five to journey across China to face this threat and vanquish it. But how can Po stop a weapon that can stop kung fu? He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.
In terms of storytelling quality, this is basically what The Matrix Reloaded should have been...
"My son is alive."
One of the best animated films in the past ten years, if you ask me. Up there with some of Pixar's films even. Bring on Kung Fu Panda 3.
"Kung Fu Panda 2" is one of Dreamworks Animation's best films and a rare case where the sequel is much better than the original. This literally gets pretty well everything an animation and a sequel should get right. It's darker than it's predecessor but it also has a ton of laughs and fun sequences, and it explores the origin story of Po giving him a lot more development. The action sequences are awesome, the animation is absolutely gorgeous, and their are more than a few occasions in this where I teared up a little bit. "Kung Fu Panda 2" has all the humour, action, and bright colours you would expect but it also has a surprising amount of emotion, darkness, and most importantly a huge heart to it. The third film has big shoes to fill.
A sombre tale of identity and abandonment. Yes, I am talking about Kung Fu Panda 2.
Call me crazy, call me insane, call me a maniac that has no clue about hat makes a movie great, but I honestly think that Kung Fu Panda 2 is without a doubt the greatest accomplishment of DreamWorks Animation. I know many on Letterboxd favor the original Kung Fu Panda or the innocence of How to Train Your Dragon, but it's Kung Fu Panda 2 that resonates with me the most. Why? It takes everything that made the first film great, and like any great sequel should, it takes Po and our heroes on a continuing journey of self-maturity and takes them into murkier waters. In this film, Po has to tackle a more sinister villain voiced by Gary Oldman…
"I'm not freaking out, I'm freaking in!"
Surprisingly impressive for a sequel. The animation is markedly better, not only in the intricacy of its movement (particularly in the fight scenes) but also in the dynamism of its style: directed by Jennifer Yuh, who did the opening scene in the first Kung Fu Panda, this one occasionally returns to the evocative, hand-drawn aesthetic of that dream sequence.
Not quite as seamless as the first (you can tell which actors were only in the studio for a day or two) and some of the emotional beats feel a bit more forced this time around (particularly between Po and Mr. Ping), but the essence of Po and Tigress is maintained rather well, and…
Do you think the fifth F&F movie was named Fast Five because "Furious Five" was under trademark by Dreamworks? Could you imagine the lawsuit?
Enjoyment Extracted 9/10
Technical Execution 9/10
Emotions Experienced 6/10
'Kung Fu Panda 2' easily triumphs over what made the first one so awesome; improving on character voicing & development, action sequences, music, and overall animation.
The final battle was pretty cool and the comic animations were gorgeous. I didn't like it as much as the first part though.
This one just doesn't do it for me. The final battle scene was awesome though.
Panda's are pure awesome.....
Kung Fu Panda didn't seem like a movie that should be turned into a franchise though it definately could. But I don't think anyone expected it to be as good as it was.
My favorite thing about it was that it expanded on the universe and its characters naturally; Poe is a master fighter, he is now friends with the 5 and the movie showcases their skills in 2 excellent action pieces. He has grown as a character and so have the others too especially Tigress and Shifu.
We get to see more places in China, more master fighters and we learn more about Po's family and origins.
The new villain voices by Gary Oldman is excellent, flip-floping from tragic…
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