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Kung Fu Panda 2
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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…
Even more grand and beautiful than the original. Also addresses that adoption issue that was sidestepped in the first film.
In the second Kung Fu Panda movie, Po and his crew are trying to stop the evil peacock Shen from taking over China. The same peacock also happens to hold a secret of Po's past. This movie looks beautiful, the kung fu looks great and the ancient world of China feels meticulously crafted. The movie is only 80 minutes long, and you can definitely feel that when watching the movie, because it feels rushed. Also, the writers should've included more gags (it's not humorous enough for a kids movie) and some of the voice acting could've been more polished and energetic at times (e.g. Angelina Jolie). 6/10
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I watched Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 this weekend. And on one level Kung Fu Panda 3 comes out in 2015 (yay). And on another level, these movies still hold up.
There are the father/son relationships of the first film, and the notion of "hardcore" in the second film, and how broken the villains of both films are about their parents - in both cases, the actions of a parent broke something in them that can't be healed. I loved how Tai Long in the first film gets to express his rage and pain, and gets an heartfelt apology...and can't accept it. And how the villain in the second film admits to not being able to fill…
The scene in which Po is shocked that his father, a duck, is actually his adopted father is one of the funniest in recent memory, nay, film history, for its sheer ridiculous, and it's only one of this visually stunning film's great moments.
I've heard this is one of the many underrated gems in the DreamWorks Animation catalog. Having only seen the first several times, in theaters and on Blu-ray, I became intrigued as what the second Kung Fu Panda had to offer, only after being exposed to the word-of-mouth praises of several people. The biggest reoccurring statement about the film, at least in my experience, was that it was a tearjerker. Every person I knew or watched who saw this cried at it. Keep in mind that I never cry at movies, and when I do, it's because of my personal thoughts and overall feelings outside of the film, and mostly because I was bored or exhausted. This morning, I caught it…
Some of the best action sequences of that year: the dragon eating people sequence is absolutely brilliant. Kudos also to Jack Black and Gary Oldman's voice work.
A solid follow-up with plenty of laughs and some surprisingly intense material for its younger audience. Prefer the first.
It was ok.
Cute and funny with really witty dialogue. The voice casting was brilliant. Gary Oldman was so good as always, and I had to be reminded it was him!
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