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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...
A sombre tale of identity and abandonment. Yes, I am talking about Kung Fu Panda 2.
It is a wonderful event to see female filmmakers step up into the industry with such creativity and enthusiasm and set a new quality bar. A project leaded by Jennifer Yuh and produced by women, Kung Fu Panda 2 conglomerates an expensive voicing cast once again and acquires stardom in my book as one of the few sequels in history that surpasses the original feature, providing surprisingly solid action sequences and a philosophy-driven plot full of surprises. The visual design has more variety, the humor is more spot-on and pacing is as accurate as a doctor's pulse. By no means I am talking about a triumph in animation, but about how to break the "sequels law" and showcase your talent…
Being a panda myself, abandoned as a baby and brought up by a Chinese goose, this film really moved me.
The thought of Dreamworks animation department and Jack Black teaming together was the stuff of nightmares for me yet the original Kung Fu Panda ended up being one of the big surprises of 2008. Sure, it wasn't perfect by any means but it had good characters, great action and, up to that point, was easily the best thing the studio had produced (now usurped by the brilliant How to Train Your Dragon). For once I was looking forward to a Dreamworks sequel, the world created certainly had enough potential for new stories and in a summer of potentially lacklustre animated features (as typified by the flat out bad, Cars 2) this is the sort of thing we needed and I…
This is how you do a freakin sequel to one of my favorite animated films!!!
Give Po more emotional depth??? Check.
Reveal the reason why his dad is a goose??? Check check check!
Develop a strong relationship with Tigress??? Yes.
Completely outdoing itself with jaw-dropping animation??? Yes yes yes!!!
Have Gary Oldman voice a sadistic peacock who, even with a sense of humor, is one you wouldn't want to mess around with??? Heck yes!!!
All while continuing what made the original Kung Fu Panda awesome to begin with, comedy and all, and this time, directed by a female. Man do we need more female directors, cause this film rocked!!! It clearly surpassed the original film; bold, ambitious, darker, funny, emotionally…
Back in the USA. Saw two films in Patriot Place on the same day, both part twos. The Hangover was more of a remake, but the other film I saw was surprisingly not, riffing in a different direction from the original. Kung Fu Panda's main schtick was being true to yourself while access your inner-talent, the sequel kinda keeps that, but tweaks more towards finding out where you come from. So yeah, still some heavy mystical jedi-type patter happening, but again; just like the first, the story ain't really that special, the animation is where it's at - truly stunning CGI action scenes and settings, almost hypnotically beautiful in some parts, very kid-friendly-funky in most others. The villain is again a standout in part 2, and even though the dialogue is only slightly more inspired than in the original, the voice work is exemplary, especially Jack Black's. Bring on Pt 3!!!
This movie was surprisingly good and would have received 5 stars if it wasn't for that horrid surprise ending. I know they're trying to set up for a potential 3rd movie but it degrades all the awesome development that happens throughout the movie.
There is such an amazing bond portrayed between Po and his adoptive father... it tarnishes and devalues that.
There is discernibly livid and overzealous villain who's a delight to watch... also disgraced by this "reveal" they had to throw in at the end.
Can someone get me the 20th anniversary director's cut of this movie where they have the original ending?
Thai is just as good as the first if not better and that's hard to do with animated films yet this worked soooo well!
While KFP2 doesn’t quite have the goofy inspiration of its predecessor, it still has enough entertaining action, beautiful artistic style and sweet humor to excel it past most Dreamworks Animation films. Black is still perfect as Po, combining just the right mixture of bravado and cuddliness, and it’s nice to see his character use his learned kung fu skills. A cute and often very funny kids sequel.
Anytime a great animated movie is turned into a franchise I am always hesitant of the sequel. Thankfully, Kung Fu Panda 2 keeps everything that made the first movie great with a returning cast, amazing animation, and a story grounded in ideas of personal growth. It even goes so far to add an additional level of panda mythology that mirrors history with our warriors facing the invention of gun powder and naval militarization.
I'm even getting excited for Kung Fu Panda 3 in 2016. Fingers crossed.
It's the sequel to Kung Fu Panda.
This animation film, brings brilliant action scenes, good humor and jokes to be entertained, it really excels in humor. However I got disappointed as the characters of Shifu, Mantis, Monkey, Viper and Crane were give too less dialogues and presence in the film's atmosphere, especially at the ending of the film. However, I completely enjoyed the plot and its comedy/actions, especially at near end when Panda talks to Lord Shen and he cannot hear him.
I like the part when the Panda says "Skadoosh".
Draft note: Now in alphabetical order, because ranking is nonsense
Not to be taken seriously! This is more of a…
movies directed by women
organized roughly by year, from new to old.