Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda

4.5 2
Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Cast: Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

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 toSee more details below

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - 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.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
12/13/2011
UPC:
0097361456942
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
PG
Source:
Dreamworks Animated
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
22,276

Special Features

Closed Caption; Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters; The Animators' Corner; Animation inspiration; Trivia track; Kickin' it with the cast; Deleted scenes; Panda stories; Kung Fu shuffle game; Nî Hão: Learn to speak Chinese; World of DreamWorks Animation; Filmmakers' commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Black Po
Angelina Jolie Tigress
Dustin Hoffman Master Shifu
Gary Oldman Lord Shen
Jackie Chan Monkey
Seth Rogen Mantis
Lucy Liu Viper
David Cross Crane
James Hong Mr. Ping
Michelle Yeoh The Soothsayer
Danny McBride Wolf Boss
Victor Garber Master Thundering Rhino
Dennis Haysbert Master Storming Ox
Jean-Claude Van Damme Master Croc

Technical Credits
Jennifer Yuh Nelson Director
Jonathan Aibel Co-producer,Screenwriter
Glenn Berger Co-producer,Screenwriter
Suzanne Buirgy Co-producer
Melissa Cobb Producer
Tang Khen Heng Art Director
Jeff Hermann Production Manager
Clare Knight Editor
John Powell Score Composer
Raymond Zibach Production Designer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

Read More

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kung Fu Panda 2
1. Chapter 1 [3:54]
2. Chapter 2 [6:40]
3. Chapter 3 [5:33]
4. Chapter 4 [5:06]
5. Chapter 5 [8:40]
6. Chapter 6 [6:56]
7. Chapter 7 [4:20]
8. Chapter 8 [8:30]
9. Chapter 9 [4:21]
10. Chapter 10 [4:47]
11. Chapter 11 [6:14]
12. Chapter 12 [6:34]
13. Chapter 13 [3:47]
14. Chapter 14 [5:43]
15. Chapter 15 [9:07]

Read More

Videos

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >