Beautifully done. Catchy songs, lovable characters, and interesting storyline - though I did guess the "twist" early on, I don't feel it was overly telegraphed.
The character design is spot on, you can see actual real types of face shapes in the designs instead of just the classic CG ovals and circles approach to designing faces - which was a breath of fresh air in the current wave of generic CG character designs.
It's time to stop before Kung Fu Panda goes the way of Ice Age. The first two were surprisingly heartfelt, well paced films that knew when to lighten the mood with a joke and when to focus on the inter-character emotions.
When the first one came out, I had expected it to be a slightly above mediocre children's film and it delivered much more. When this one came out, it delivered exactly what I had expected from the first. It's no masterpiece, but it's fun enough. The villain design is amazing as usual, however the movie never lets you consider him a serious threat. It's paced too fast and the characters are given no time shine.
While I would have preferred this series to have a stronger end, they should leave it here before it goes any farther downhill.
A fun watch, but pales in comparison to the original Disney adaptation. While the animal animation was lovely, Mowgli's actor was lackluster and "I wanna be like you" felt like it clashed with the darker scene they were trying to set, Scarlett Johansson may have worked for Kaa if they hadn't been so heavy handed with the effects layering.