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Kung Fu Panda 2

Jack Black  Actor Angelina Jolie  Actor Dustin Hoffman  Actor Gary Oldman  Actor Jackie Chan  Actor


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Kung Fu Panda 2

Theatrical Release Date: 2011 05 26 (USA - 3D) / 2011 05 26 (USA)

UPC: 097361166148

Studio: Dreamworks Video

MPAA Rating: PG   Contains:null

Summary: The saga of Po continues in this sequel that finds the newly anointed Dragon Warrior (voice of Jack Black) teaming with The Furious Five to safeguard the Valley of Peace. But when a new adversary launches a treacherous bid to seize control of China and obliterate the martial arts, Po must look back to his enigmatic origins in order to unleash his true potential, and defeat his most powerful opponent to date. Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Michelle Yeoh provide addition voices for this sequel directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson from a screenplay by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Category: Children's/Family

Awards: Best Animated Feature – Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Animated Feature – Producers Guild of America Best Animated Feature – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Features: Kickin' It With the Cast
Filmmaker's Commentary
World of DreamWorks Animation


Kung Fu Panda 2

Format: DVD

Release Date: 12/13/2011

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, DD2 Dolby Digital Stereo

Runtime: 90 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Kung Fu Panda 2
1. Scene 1 [3:54]
2. Scene 2 [6:40]
3. Scene 3 [5:33]
4. Scene 4 [5:06]
5. Scene 5 [8:40]
6. Scene 6 [6:56]
7. Scene 7 [4:20]
8. Scene 8 [8:30]
9. Scene 9 [:11]
10. Scene 10 [4:10]
11. Scene 11 [4:47]
12. Scene 12 [6:14]
13. Scene 13 [6:34]
14. Scene 14 [3:47]
15. Scene 15 [5:43]
16. Scene 16 [9:07]

Perry Seibert

The first Kung Fu Panda became a well-deserved success for all the right reasons: it boasted a good story that stayed true to the tropes of martial-arts movies, the animation was lively and adorable, the action was choreographed to maximize thrills and laughs, and the voice actors, especially Dustin Hoffman and Jack Black, were charming. Thankfully, the sequel measures up in every single way, giving DreamWorks a franchise that can compare artistically with Pixar.

The story begins with the panda Po (Jack Black) enjoying life as a Dragon Master and keeping the Valley of Peace safe. He's informed by his master, Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), that the next phase of his training focuses on achieving inner peace, something that eludes Po because he's unsure what happened to his biological mom and dad. His training is interrupted by Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), an evil peacock who intends to rule all of China with the metal-shooting cannon he's invented -- a weapon powerful enough to destroy kung fu. Po and the Furious Five set off to stop Shen, but the mission grows complicated when Po discovers that his nemesis knows the truth about Po's past.

Kung Fu Panda 2 smartly bypasses rehashing any of the first movie; the filmmakers know the characters are so clearly defined that you don't need to have seen the first film to understand their personalities and motivations. That's true not only of central figures like Po and Shifu, but also for many of the secondary characters like Po's adoptive dad and Tigress (Angelina Jolie) -- the bravest member of the team. Armed with an understanding of the characters, the filmmakers waste no time getting us into the story.

Visually the film is a delight, not just because of the cuddly character designs or because the animation styles vary during flashbacks and dream sequences. No, the real coup is that this is one of the only family films in the current wave of 3D features to use the format well -- meaning they don't make a big deal about it. Every once in a while, especially in the fight scenes, something unexpectedly flies at you, but otherwise they use the stereoscopic effects in order to give the images depth -- a trait they use to humorous effect during dizzying rooftop chases.

All of this is in support of a screenplay that offers up a rather traditional take on the tried-and-true formula of the hero's journey. However, the martial-arts film is a genre that easily supports such well-worn ground, so we never mind going along for the familiar ride -- especially when the entertaining action sequences are augmented with so many laughs along the way. David Cross and Seth Rogen are both seasoned comedians, as well as animated film veterans, and they expertly twist every line to elicit a giggle.

The cast and crew obviously cared about this movie -- the stylistically daring director Guillermo del Toro is credited as a creative consultant -- and their efforts blossom. 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. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Melissa Cobb  Producer 
Hans Zimmer  Composer (Music Score) 
John Powell  Composer (Music Score) 
Jonathan Aibel  Screenwriter 
Glenn Berger  Screenwriter 
Jennifer Yuh Nelson  Director 
Jack Black  Actor 
Angelina Jolie  Actor 
Dustin Hoffman  Actor 
Gary Oldman  Actor 
Jackie Chan  Actor 
Seth Rogen  Actor 
Lucy Liu  Actor 
David Cross  Actor 
James Hong  Actor 
Michelle Yeoh  Actor 
Danny McBride  Actor 
Victor Garber  Actor 
Dennis Haysbert  Actor 
Jean-Claude Van Damme  Actor 

Country: USA