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Kung Fu Panda 2
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 21:15
Kung Fu Panda 2Kung Fu Panda 2 is one of those rare sequels that’s actually even better than the original! Let’s just say that The Hangover 2’s “Wolfpack” should have taken a lesson in originality from Po and his Furious Five!

In this sequel to the Dreamworks original, Po (Jack Black) the panda bear is living the life he always dreamed of as a kung fu master and member of the Furious Five. Things couldn’t be better, except that he is plagued by long suppressed memories of his childhood – memories that are making him question where he came from and why his father is, well, a goose and not a panda. Seems pretty obvious to everyone except poor Po!

So fuzzy!Meanwhile the evil peacock Lord Shen (Gary Oldman) has devised a plan to rule the country with a weapon that can stop anything, even kung fu. In order to defeat him Po has to confront his past and find inner peace.

I found the first Kung Fu Panda to be cute, entertaining and worth a watch, but nothing awe-inspiring. I went in to the sequel expecting about the same, but boy was I wrong! This is one instance where the sequel far outshines the original and easily stands up there with some of the best animated films of the last few years.

Duck... Duck... PANDA?!!The story is surprisingly touching while still being funny, especially the development of Po’s relationship to his noodle-cooking dad. All the characters get developed further, making me want to know even more about them. Although the Furious Five (Mantis, Tigress, Monkey, Viper and Crane) could use more screen time. To top it all off, the animation is spectacular – I’m talking impressive!

For those who are wondering, this one is definitely worth the awkward 3D glasses too. Animation is always the best outlet for the 3D craze, and Kung Fu Panda 2 is definitely enhanced by effect, although it would be just as good in 2D.

Directed by Jennifer Yuh, Starring the voices of Jack Black, Gary Olman, Angelina Jolie.

The production crew visited the city of Chengdu in China, which houses a Giant Panda breeding facility.