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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.
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…
A sombre tale of identity and abandonment. Yes, I am talking about Kung Fu Panda 2.
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…
The second Kung Fu Panda is a marvel for wanting you to immediately contact your parents and have a chat. It finally deals with the elephant, er, or Panda in the room about Po's dad not being a goose. All the same cast return and Gary Oldman puts in a devilish performance as the bad guy.
Similarly to Madagascar 2 it's equally as good as the original - let's just hope the next one isn't a complete plop like Madagascar 3.
There's only one word to describe Kung Fu Panda, and that word is AWESOME. In an industry filled with unoriginal and formulaic animation films, this franchise brings us refreshment, enjoyment and... uh... AWESOMENESS!
This sequel, while being a sequel, somehow still manages to feel fresh and original. Beautifully animated and filled with superb voice-acting, immersive action sequences and funny moments, Kung Fu Panda 2's story has a great moral to it and is fun entertainment for both the kids and grown ups.
Very highly recommended.
For once, Jack Black wasn't over bearing.
Dreamworks's Kung Fu Panda 2 takes several million steps forward, but also a few mini steps back, as Po the panda (Jack Black) protects the whole of China and learns some life lessons along the way... Aaaw!
The animation is glorious and a vast improvement of what was pretty special the first time round. Black continues to prove that, should the world tire of his 'I'm a hilarious hairy fish out of water' brand of comedy,he could continue down the path of voice acting. In fact, everyone sparkles in this. From Gary Oldham to Jean-Claude Van Damme. Yes, THAT Jean-Claude Van Damme!
One of the problems is that there are so many characters in this new offering that a lot…
Funny as all get out, action packed and beautiful to boot. Better than any PIXAR offering after Toy Story 3. Not having seen How to Train Your Dragon 2, this is still my favorite Dreamworks Animated feature.
A beautiful animated film.
God, I can't believe how good these Kung Fu Panda movies are. Kung Fu Panda 2 is just as good as the first. It's funny, emotional, and the action choreography is insane. I really love this series so far. I hope number three is just as good!
Just as fun as the first one. Where's part 3?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie tells the history about Po, when there is a new menace in China: the Peacock. He intends to destroy the kung fu by introducing a fire cannon, his ultimate weapon. The Peacock is haunted by a prophecy that tells that he will be defeated by a black and white warrior: a Panda. Will Po defeat Shen? Or it's only a silly prophecy?
I decided to rewatch this last night on Blu-Ray. The story for this movie even better than the one in the first, even thou the first is a tad better than this. Everything in this movie is perfect.
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