Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

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Critic Consensus: The storyline arc may seem a tad familiar to fans of the original, but Kung Fu Panda 2 offers enough action, comedy, and visual sparkle to compensate.


Movie Info

In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. 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. Po 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. -- (C) … More

Rating: PG (for sequences of martial arts action and mild violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 13, 2011
Box Office: $165.2M
Runtime:
Paramount Studios/Dreamworks - Official Site

Cast


as Master Shifu

as Lord Shen

as Mantis

as Viper

as Crane

as Mr. Ping

as The Soothsayer

as Master Thundering Rh...

as Wolf Boss

as Master Storming Ox

as Gorilla Guard 1

as Panda Dad/Gorilla Gu...

as Antelope Driver

as Happy Bunny

as Wolf Soldier 1

as Stain Pig/Wolf Soldi...

as Wolf Soldier 3

as Wolf Soldier 4

as Pig Fan/Bunny

as Mop Bunny

as Musician Pig/Awesome...

as Baby Po

as Musician Bunny

as Pig Mother

as Dumpling Bunny

as Market Sheep
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Critic Reviews for Kung Fu Panda 2

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (36)

[A] satisfying, if less than sensational, sequel to the funny, charming and action-packed animated feature from 2008.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

[Director Jennifer Yuh] manages the balance nicely; Po is alternately awesome and dumbstruck, and it can be fun to guess at the start of each scene which attribute will come to the fore. Often it's a combination on the two.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
National Post

Kung Fu Panda 2 achieves something few sequels to blockbusters ever do -- it stays true to a successful formula without seeming tired, cynical, or lazy.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Kung Fu Panda 2 benefits from an entertaining story, fantastic direction and amazing visuals. It's one of 2011's best animated films.

Full Review… | March 13, 2013
We Got This Covered

["Kung Fu Panda 2" has] got everything you could want in a film made for kids including a good story, stunning animation, and a few laughs.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Examiner.com

I guess my expectations may have been too high. I didn't want a silly KUNG FU PANDA 2, loaded with jokes. I was hoping it would be more like the first one.

Full Review… | May 12, 2012
Sin Magazine

Audience Reviews for Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2 is a solid animation blockbuster. Jack Black brings more energy and flavor to the sequel. Although the story may lack the ambiance the first installment had, it is bounded together by its countless humor (even going sentimental) and improved animation. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

½

Kung Fu Panda 2, it's a visual delight with very good action scenes, moving and sometimes have a lack of humor, but still a entertaining motion picture.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

A cartoon sequel that displays surprising artistic depth while wallowing in a predictable and somewhat shallow plot, Panda II survives on its quirky humor and something for everyone approach.

The story itself is nothing new; the search for one's true self and identity - which is pretty deep for the kiddies - and in the end offers up a feel good moment that it is in the everyday acts that ones' self is revealed (found that in a fortune cookie). However.... Every film needs a baddy to drive the action, and here, as with the rest of the film, we have a conundrum. Lord Shen, a peacock voiced by Gary Oldman, is a wonder to watch - his fluid movements and kung fu using his feathers a true joy - but in trying to instill depth to the character the film stumbles on its own device (something about a soothsayer's warnings of doom - holy Oedipus, where have I heard this before?). The inference that things are pre-ordained prevents this damaged megalomaniac from being more than a James Bond villain - wanting to destroy the world in order to possess it (never really understood that rationale - sorry Ian Flemming).

All sounds pretty deep thus far, yes? But this surprising depth is at distinct odds with the more cartoonish elements involving what may or may not be some kind of budding romance between Panda and Tigress (more like puppy love, but that would really be confusing, right?). Stay tuned for Panda part III for further developments!

Along the way we are witness to some truly wonderful animation - the chase scene via rickshaws far more fun than any live action car chase. Speaking of animation - once again I mention that the art of the film is breathtaking. I did NOT see this in 3D, so the colors I witnessed were wonderfully saturated and brilliant. Even scenes that didn't quite thrill me were still infused with such brilliant art that I was satisfied with viewing them (for example the climactic navel battle scene). In addition the film seamlessly switches idioms from animation to anime and even employs the art of Chinese shadow play.

In conclusion, while the twin story lines of self recognition and save the world from the bad guy may be retreads, there is enough humor and wonderful artwork to satisfy the adult in the audience, while throwing enough action at the youngsters to keep 'em entertained. A solid effort from Dreamworks.

maxthesax
paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

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