Kung Fu Panda 2 - 4 out of 5
When I watched the first adventure of Po, the panda who learns Kung Fu (wait, is that how they got the title? Also, can we see a cross-over with The Matrix sometime to see Neo and Po fight?), I was definitely entertained. Did I think a sequel was really necessary? Probably not but the movie made money and it's animated so it was pretty much a given that we would see a second round to Kung Fu Panda. But you know what? I really enjoyed this one.
|I think that goose is drunk.|
Kung Fu Panda 2 takes place not long after the first film. Po is a national hero and loved by all but little does he know, a dastardly man from his past--a man he doesn't even know or realize the impact he's had on his life--is back and out to take over China with a powerful new weapon that is better than Kung Fu. This evil man? Actually, he's a peacock named Shen--but he's still evil! How evil? He wiped out all of the pandas in China because a prophecy claimed that a warrior of black and white would destroy him. Of course, he missed one and now the prophecy is about to come true as Po and his friends seek out to stop the mad peacock.
The creative name department at Dreamworks that named the tiger Tigress also named Mantis (the mantis), Viper (a snake), Crane (a crane) and Monkey (you get the idea)--but you already know them because they were in the last one. All the familiar voice actors from the first one have returned. Jack Black is once again Po with Angelina Jolie backing him up as the sleek and fierce Tigress. Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Lui, David Cross and James Hong are all back but a tip of my hat must go to Gary Oldman who provides the voice of Shen and his performance, utilizing only his vocal chords, is just as amazing as watching him use his body language as well. Seriously, is there any role Oldman can't do?
|He can play Commissioner Gordon and a peacock?!?|
|Epic shot of a coming battle or jumping away from|
an explosion? I don't know but it looks cool.
|This is about all you get from Master Croc and Master Ox.|
|The Dreamworks smile.|