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.

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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) Dreamworks

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Cast

Dustin Hoffman
as Master Shifu
Gary Oldman
as Lord Shen
Seth Rogen
as Mantis
Lucy Liu
as Viper
James Hong
as Mr. Ping
Michelle Yeoh
as The Soothsayer
Victor Garber
as Master Thundering Rhino
Dennis Haysbert
as Master Storming Ox
Michael Patrick Bell
as Gorilla Guard 1
Fred Tatasciore
as Panda Dad/Gorilla Guard 2
Jason Bertsch
as Antelope Driver
Michael DeMaio
as Happy Bunny
Joseph Izzo
as Wolf Soldier 1
Dan O'Connor
as Stain Pig/Wolf Soldier 2
Maury Sterling
as Wolf Soldier 3
Shane Glick
as Wolf Soldier 4
Lena Golia
as Pig Fan/Bunny
April Hong
as Mop Bunny
Stephen Kearin
as Musician Pig/Awesome Pig
Liam Knight
as Baby Po
Paul Mazursky
as Musician Bunny
Romy Rosemont
as Pig Mother
Jeremy Shipp
as Dumpling Bunny
Lauren Tom
as Market Sheep
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Critic Reviews for Kung Fu Panda 2

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (36)

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

Nov 22, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A solid slice of summer entertainment: forgettable, perhaps, but plenty of fun while it lasts.

Jun 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Jack Black once again shows his excellence as a voice actor.

May 28, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Hardly a scene goes by that isn't visually striking or kinetically thrilling, and all of it enhanced by 3-D.

May 27, 2011 | Full Review…

Po and friends redeem themselves with a terrific third act, the animation (in three distinct styles) is superb and there's enough hiii-YA-ing to keep the kids yipping throughout.

May 27, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The film's visuals are thrilling, beguiling, vivid: the greens of a glade or a terraced hillside; the molten reds of Shen's smelting works or yellow-orange arcs of fireworks.

May 26, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for Kung Fu Panda 2

The studio took a major risk, making a sequel to a film that really did not seem like it could go any further, but that statement has been proven wrong i many more ways than one. Po and the Furious Five have returned and are still ready for another adventure. The visuals have improved and we begin to get some back story on "Po's" childhood. This new story is creative and you will find yourself having sympathy over these characters. The action is on a much larger scale this time around, the task is much bigger, and the time is much shorter. "Kung Fu Panda 2" is just as good as the original, if not better and I cannot recommend this film enough. This has got to be one of the greatest animation sequels that I have ever seen, simply due to the fact that most animated sequels are always subpar. This is a great film for all ages and I cannot wait for part 3.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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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.

paul sandberg
paul sandberg

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